I was asked to offer a keep, loan or sell assessment for this week’s Sun Football column With their permission I am reproducing here with a less outrageous title 🙂
With Arsenal’s season concluded and the FA Cup, on the bag the club and of course the fan’s attention will turn to the transfer window. Faced with the realism of financial constraints, most of us accepted there will need to be much wheeling and dealing and clever manoeuvring to give our brilliant you coach the squad he deserves for 2020/21.
Considering that I have been asked to look at the 2019/20 roster and offer a quick, buy, sell or loan verdict so here goes….
Leno and Martinez – Both have been superb, and tempting thought it may be to sell one and bring in an understudy I would like to see both competing. Emi is the man in possession though.
Macey – Sell
Defenders – we have far too many centre backs now and the club needs to be ruthless.
David Luiz – The enigmatic Brazilian has extended so we know he stays – Keep
William Saliba – The future – Keep
Pablo Mari – Our left footer and Arteta’s choice – Keep
Calum Chambers – A more assured passer and therefore more likely to fit coaches plans – Keep
Sokratis – Not in coaches plans – Sell
Mustafi – Unlikely to be able to sell know as injured so he will stay – Keep
Mavropanos – Getting good reviews in Germany, albeit it at a lower level – Loan
Rob Holding – With is second FA Cup Winner’s medal and stock high, it is time to sell. He is a popular player and will be a great servant to a Premier League needing a more traditional centre back. – Sell
Seed Kolasinac – The Bosnian’s wages, as he came for free, are a drain and it’s time to cash in on a player who will never be a first choice. – Sell
Cedric Soares – Long term contract means he is high level cover. – Keep
Ainsley Maitland- Niles – I hope Arteta’s faith in the player means he want to stay and fight. – Keep
Hector Bellerin – Our flying Spaniard finally seems to be flying once more. – Keep
Kieran Tierney – Keep for the next ten years please. – Keep
Lucas Torreria – Much as I like the Uruguayan terrier, I don’t think he fits the profile now but should still attract good offers from Italy – Sell
Matteo Guendouzi – The decision is seemingly made, and I agree with it, He should bring in a good profit. – Sell
Granit Xhaka – Revitalised under Arteta and very much in his plans I am sure. – Keep
Dani Ceballos – I hope the club can extend the loan and would not be averse to an option to buy if Madrid insist upon it. – Keep
Emile Smith- Rowe – After two loans I think it is time for ESR to fight for his place in the team. – Keep
Joe Willock – The young Englishman has played more games than any of us expected but I think starting weekly at the top of the Championship or at a lower Premier League side will help Arteta decide is he is top level. – Loan
Mesut Ozil – Whether it is due to board pressure or Arteta’s playing style the German is not in favour. If we can then – Sell
Mo Elneny – Sell
Henrikh Mkhitaryan – After a successful loan it appears, he is thriving in Italy – Sell
Bukayo Saka – With his new deal signed I hope he is part of the first team squad but not used as much as we have been forced to use him this past campaign. – Keep
Reiss Nelson – This a very difficult one as he has already had a big loan. I think he will play more is loaned again and he needs to be heart says keep him in the fold. – Keep
Pierre Emerick Aubameyang – There are positive noises that suggest our skipper will be here, and not in his last season but with a new contract. – Keep
Alexandre Lacazette – 2019/20 was not the Frenchman’s best season but there were signs of a return to form post lockdown. I sense he may be offered in the deal to bring Partey to North London – Sell
Eddie Nketiah – Arteta sees something, beyond just an incredible work ethic in this young man and I feel he may be understudy again next season but see plenty of cup football. – Keep
Nicholas Pepe – Next season I expect our exciting record signing to build on a successful first season, not helped by Emery. – Keep
Gabriel Martinelli – I was concerned how little the exciting Brazilian featured before his injury, but I hope it was just caution as he had bee over-played. Sky is the limited for this young talent. – Keep
Passionate fifty-something Arsenal supporter who has been making the journey to N5 regularly since the early 1980s – although his first game was in 1976. Always passionate when talking about The Arsenal, Dave decided to send a guest blog to Gunnersphere in the summer of 2011 and has not stopped writing about the Gunners since.
He set up his own site – 1 Nil Down 2 One Up – in February 2012, which he moved on in 2016 to concentrate on freelance writing and building Gunners Town, which he launched with Paul in 2014.
The objective of GT was to be new and fresh and to give a platform for likeminded passionate Arsenal fans wishing to write about their team. Dave still of course, writes for the site himself and advises the ever-changing writing crew.