The transfer window might be shut until the 1st January 2022, a day which will be here before we know it, it doesn’t stop the newspapers from speculating who will do what. Like Silva not staying in England when/if he leaves City which will frustrate Arsenal as they’re keen on signing him. I doubt very much that Arsenal would want him, certainly not at his probable price and wage demands. At 27 years old, he’s too old for Arsenal anyway. Lol
Another story, which The Sun are running relates to Bukayo Saka who they suggest is deemed to be “untouchable” but that hasn’t stopped a number of transfer approaches being made for the young England player.
That story made me think about which Arsenal players are “untouchable” as far transfers go. All of the new signings I’d have thought, ESR, Saka, Tierney, Balogun and perhaps Gabriel and Martinelli.
Then there’s the younger players like Patino, Taylor-Hart etc etc, basically the next guys who might make the step up in the near future. All “untouchable” until the manager decides otherwise.
Plus, the club have a handful of players on loan, all hoping to prove themselves throughout this season, although I suspect a high percentage of them will move on to pastures new at some stage. John-Jules, Ballard, Azeez and Moller are the ones to keep an eye on I think.
Also on loan are some of the older players who just can’t seem to push themselves into the plans of Mikel Arteta, all who in my humble opinion, already have one foot out of the Arsenal door. Guendouzi, Torreira, Saliba, Mavropanos and Bellerin. Clubs wanted them on loan, but when it came to pounds, shillings and pence, or Euros, if media reports are correct, there were no offers.
The player I haven’t included is Nelson because I think if he has a good season on loan, there’ll be a place for him at Arsenal.
You might think it’s odd that I haven’t included Partey as one of Arsenal’s “untouchable” players. Don’t get me wrong, I love the player and think the team is much much better with him in it but his injuries are a concern. Losing him to the ACON will be a big blow to the team. I’ve kind of contradicted myself I know but going forwards, I think he’s replaceable. I’ll get my tin hat on. Lol
As for the rest of the squad, Holding, Chambers, Kolasinac, Mari, Nketiah, Lacazette, Aubameyang, Pepe, Xhaka, Elneny, Leno, Soares, only two of which Arteta signed, I can see leaving over the next couple of years.
According to TransferMarket, Kolasinac, Chambers, Lacazette, Nketiah and Elneny are out of contract next summer. The same summer, Aubameyang, AMN and Leno head into the final year of their contract too.
This summer was busy as the club signed new players and extended a number of contracts for current players too but football doesn’t stand still. With five players potentially leaving next summer, Arsenal could be set for another busy transfer window, although hopefully, a few of the younger players who’re currently out on loan will fill the voids left.
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