Arsenal have announced which players are leaving the club this summer.
Men’s and Women’s first team squads:
Eddie Nketiah (contract offered, ongoing discussions)
Lydia Williams (ongoing discussions)
Men’s Under-18s and Under-23s squads
Any further developments regarding players extending their contracts; joining/re-joining us; or leaving us will be officially communicated as soon as they are confirmed. (Arsenal.com)
So Eddie Nketiah hasn’t signed a new contract yet.
Does anyone really take any notice of who leaves the club anymore, especially when it come to the younger players who’ve yet to feature for the first team in any competition? I think it’s human nature to be more interested in who joins the club each transfer window, especially when Arsenal are in great need of depth as well as strength.
Does it matter if Granit Xhaka, Nicolas Pepe, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Cedric Soares, Nuno Tavares, Lucas Torreira, Daniel Ballard, Hector Bellerin or anyone else out on loan are sold this summer?
On HH and around other Arsenal forums, the same names pop up when it comes to players who need replacing, I know I have my own list as I’m sure you do. I think mine is very similar to last summer albeit with one or two additions and one or two added. Lol
I think we’d all agree that we as a club need to be better in all three departs. More potent up front and better at defending. Arsenal conceded too many goals last season and didn’t score enough from the opportunities created. It’s all very well scoring a glut of goals in the League Cup against a Championship club but we have to be doing that against better clubs in the Premier League if we want a better finish to next season than we’ve just had. In my opinion the squad needs players to really challenge the best we have in the squad rather than be there just in case.
William Saliba won’t be joining the club this summer to sit on the bench so Ben White will have a challenge on his hands to keep his place. At least he should and that’s what we need throughout the team. A player to challenge Thomas Partey, Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli. Kieran Tierney, Takehiro Tomiyasu and definitely Aaron Ramsdale because right now, everything seems to be a little to easy for those who played the majority of the league fixtures. (When everyone was fit I mean)
How many times did Mikel Arteta mutter the words “we lacked the quality” after a game we’d lost last season? Quite a few I’d say so what’s the point in signing any player who is not better than the majority of players already at the club? Gabriel Jesus is a quality player, of that there is no doubt so if the club go and spend £50million signing him, who am I to complain? Same if Yves Bissouma arrives at the club for a similar fee, I’m not Arsenal’s banker so why should I care? If the Kroenke family want Arsenal FC to be a successful club then Mikel Arteta should be telling him to spend some serious money again. Isn’t that what we once said about Arsene Wenger? I know I did.
If the club spend another £150 million this summer, it has to be on quality because if the club focus on quantity, I can’t see next season being much better than the last.
Catch up in the comments.