Likely to leave:

Ainsley Maitland-Niles – confirmed leaving.
Cedric Soares – Fulham. Leaving – end of contract.
Alex Runarsson – Alanyaspor. Leaving hopefully.
Nicolas Pepe – Nice. Leaving surely.
Nuno Tavares – Marseille. Leaving probably.
Auston Trusty – Birmingham. Joining SPL Rangers apparently.
Pablo Mari – Monza. Signing for Monza.
Miguel Azeez – Ibiza/Wigan. 13 appearances. Likely to leave.

Gawd knows what’s next for this group after a season on loan:

Mazeed Ogungbo –  Crawley, injured for much of the season.
Marcelo Flores – Real Oviedo. Made just seven starts.
Mika Biereth – RJK Waalwijk. 13 appearances. Injuries.
Omar Rekik – Sparta Rotterdam/Wigan. (21)
Taylor Foran – Hartlepool.
Kido Taylor-Hart – Derby. Played for Under 21’s only.
Nathan Butler-Oyedeji – Accrington Stanley
Billy Vigar – Derby. No first team appearance.
Tom Smith – Colchester/Bromley.
Tim Akinola – Chesterfield
Nikolaj Moller – FC Den Bosch. 5 goals in 24 games.
Ryan Alebiosu – Kilmarnock. 14 starts for the SPL side.
Tyreece John-Jules – Ipswich but returned to Arsenal with injury which then ended his season.
Alex Kirk – Ayr United. Another loan? Good reports.
Ovie Ejeheri – SJK Seinajoki/Chelmsford.

Rumoured to be up for sale:

Arthur Okonkwo – Sturm Graz/Crewe.
Brooke Norton-Cuffy – Coventry/Rotherham. Backup right-back next season?
Albert Sambi Lokonga – Crystal Palace. Started under Patrick Vieira but out under Roy Hodgson. Rumoured to be wanted by Burnley.
Marquinhos – Norwich. Another loan perhaps.
Charlie Patino – Blackpool. Rumoured to be up for sale.
Folarin Balogun – Reims. Excellent season on loan but rumoured to be up for sale. Bonkers in my opinion. 20 goals, 3rd highest scorer in the league and more goals than any player at Arsenal.

There’s 29 players, all whose Arsenal career is up in the air. If five of them are still listed as Arsenal players come the end of the transfer window, I’ll be surprised.

As well as the above 29, there’s the current first team squad which needs strengthening which in turn means, more players need to be moved on in order to make space for new signings. This is the squad submitted to the Premier League for this season:


Aaron Ramsdale
Matt Turner
Karl Hein
James Hillson (22)


Kieran Tierney
Oleksandr Zinchenko
Ben White
William Saliba
Rob Holding
Jakub Kiwior
Takehiro Tomiyasu
Reuell Walters (18)
Lino Sousa (18)


Thomas Partey
Bukayo Saka
Martin Odegaard
Granit Xhaka
Mo Elneny
Emile Smith Rowe
Fabio Vieira
Amario Cozier-Duberry (17)
Catalin Cirjan (20)
Ethan Nwaneri – linked to a move away. (16)
Bradley Ibrahim (18)
Matt Smith – out of contract
Mauro Bandeira (19)


Eddie Nketiah
Gabriel Jesus
Gabriel Martinelli
Reiss Nelson
Leandro Trossard
Charles Sagoe Junior (18)
Khayon Edwards (19)

I think we can forget the eight on the first list as in my opinion, they’ll be gone this summer. Those who are under 21 don’t count as they don’t have to be listed in a squad but even so, we still have a lot of players who are over 21 who if around next season, will have to be included within the 25 man squad list. Balogun is one of them.

Then there’s the homegrown ruling to bear in mind too which requires a minimum of eight homegrown players named in a Premier League squad of twenty five. Currently, Arsenal’s homegrown players are Rob Holding, Reiss Nelson, Eddie Nkeitah, Aaron Ramsdale, Emile Smith Rowe, Ben White, and Matthew Smith.

So, if Nelson doesn’t sign a new contract and Smith Rowe, Holding and Smith leave, surely that will leave the club in need of signing a number of homegrown players this summer? No, because Balogun, Saliba, Martinelli and Saka, all of whom will need to be listed in the ‘main squad’ next season as they’re no longer considered under 21, will be ‘homegrown’. I hope I’ve got this right. Lol

Regardless, I hope Arsenal sign Premier League proved players this summer because at least then we know what we’re getting and there’s more chance of them hitting the ground running than a player from a different league. I think it’s fair to say that Vieira, Tavares, Lokonga, Pepe, Runasson, and Mari have been disappointing and the jury remains out on the many other younger players the club has signed over the last 2/3 years, just as it is for other young academy player who has been out on loan this season and as we know, just because someone is performing well out on loan in the Championship or at a lower League club, there is zero guarantee they are going to make the enormous jump to Premier League football successfully. Plus, how long does a manager give a player to reach a required level? It can’t be easy because all the time there are fans, sports writers, social media trolls who jump on a player at the first opportunity.

Glad you’re not a manager? Me too…