The players that will leave and come in next season
An interesting comment on JustArsenal the other day by Travis_Bickle has given me the basis for this analysis of Arsenal’s fortcoming transfer window. His comment was based on the idea of working out who exactly would leave this season and then working from that a rough estimate of the number of players that would come in.
This article takes no account of how much money Wenger has available to spend, but I don’t think it will break his bank or need him to win some casino real money to finance the moves. In fact he may even make a profit at the end of it!
Okay, so here is a list of the players that are expected to leave and why:
Sebastian Squillaci: He is guaranteed to leave Arsenal at the end of the season. He signed a 3 year contract with us when he joined and has had a torrid time whilst playing for us. He has been unable to adapt to the English game and as a result, Wenger must sell him to progress this squad. He still has a year remaining and we could make some sort of money back on the £3 million we paid for him. Will most likely go to a lower Ligue 1 team.
Almunia: He is another guaranteed departure for Arsenal. He has been terrible as a goalkeeper for Arsenal. His contract will finish this summer and because Arsenal won’t renew it, he will be a free transfer for anyone stupid enough to get him. I have no idea where he will end up.
Bendtner: He looks certain to leave Arsenal. He has been a decent player and has potential. However, his arrogance and lack of patience has cost him his career at Arsenal and I’m sure Wenger wouldn’t want him back.
He has also made it perfectly clear that he does not see his future in an Arsenal shirt. I expect him to go to a Premier league club (Possibly a permanent Sunderland deal or maybe Bolton).
Denilson: Another youngster who has failed to make the bill. He looked promising in his youth days but has failed to make the transition to Premier league quality. As a result, I can see a permanent move to Sao Paolo.
Arshavin: The Russian was the most expensive player ever bought by Arsenal and he started well but faded away because of bad attitude. He looked lazy even though he was and still is a world class player. It is upsetting because he had so much potential to make a career at Arsenal but we must cut our losses. He looks likely to be sold to a Russian club and we may fetch £5-£7 million.
Chamakh: The Moroccan had a lively start to his career at Arsenal but like Arshavin, fizzled out and now is less of a threat to goal than a potato wedge. He did look likely to move to Bordeaux or maybe PSG. However, he himself has confirmed that he has told his agents to reject any offers. Personally, I don’t buy it and I expect to see him leave.
Vela: This Mexican sensation was hailed to be one of the best players of his generation. However, the Premier league proved to be too tough for him and his career has disappeared at Arsenal. He is having a good time in Spain on his loan and I expect that to become a permanent deal during the summer.
Fabianski: The Polish international has lost his starting place to his international colleague, Woijech Szczesny. As a result, he needs to prove himself to his international coach and he can only do that by moving clubs. I expect him to depart us this summer.
The likes of Mertesacker and Djourou have been linked with exits from the Emirates but they are good enough to play for Arsenal, especially the German.
So that is all the players that are expected to leave Arsenal, now we must analyse who should be coming in.
We all know that Podolski is virtually a Gooner now and we must plan on how he’ll be integrated into the squad. He will primarily play as a left winger for us. Unfortunately, that area has been a position of inconsistency and Wenger has experimented with a lot of players.
Gervinho seems to have lost confidence after the ACON. Ramsey is just not made to be a winger and even playing him as an attacking midfielder is a bit audacious for him. Chamberlain is only 18 and Wenger doesn’t want another Wilshere situation on his hands and Benayoun looks good in that position and could possibly hold it down, but his future is still undecided.
However, Podolski will also be used as a back-up striker for any possible injuries to our Dutch captain. It will be good to have that sort of depth.
Younus Belhanda has lit up Ligue 1 with his breath-taking performances for Montepellier. He has been one of the main men behind their fight for the French title. We lack any true attacking midfielders in the ranks to take up the pedestal after Rosicky. The Moroccan is only 21 and has plenty of time to make it big at Arsenal. However, there has been the suggestion that Ramsey and Wilshere could potentially play that role but I think they’re more suited to being box to box midfielders.
Matias Suarez has apparently agreed to sign for Arsenal (did an article previously on Javier Perez’s predictions). He would be an amazing signing for us. Rated Anderlecht’s best player (even better than Lukaku) and can play anywhere along the front line as well as an AM. He would provide the depth that title contenders need and would be a signing that could change a match if we were losing.
And that’s it. These are the signings that I realistically expect to come to Arsenal come the summer. People may go on about M’Vila or Vertonghen but we do have Coquelin to take up the defensive duties and he’s got a bright future ahead of him – I wouldn’t expect Arsene to slow down his development by buying a player the same age as him. Other departures will be purely based on too many squad players and therefore do not need to be replaced.
If we buy the players I’ve listed, there is no reason why we can’t fight for European honours let alone the league. However, we must take small steps at first and title contenders is definitely on the cards for Arsenal next season.
This article first appeared (in two parts) on JustArsenal.com, but we thought it worthy of more discussion on here.