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The summer transfer window is upon us and for a football fan it feels like it is a time of great speculation and ridiculous deals!!

This is the time of the year when teams strengthen, get raided or do absolutely nothing to prepare for the season ahead.

Generally, teams strengthen, especially teams in the Premier League as the level of competition increases year on year.

The Arsenal squad possesses world class, squad players and fringe players. Each player plays their role throughout the season one way or another.

However, now that the transfer window is open some players need to be let go of, in order to save their own career and for the club to progress and start winning trophies.

 

Defenders

Starting with the arrival of Kolasinac. The competition for the left back position has just taken a leap and this leaves Kieran Gibbs with a problem he may not be able to handle as it pushes him further down the pecking order.


Even after switching to 3 at the back, Gibbs was still overlooked for the fullback position while Oxlade-Chamberlain excelled. Gibbs may still be Premier League quality but he is not Arsenal quality and that is the reason why he will keep falling down the pecking order.

This is the first player that Arsenal should let go of this transfer window, in order for him to save his career. Monreal has improved vastly over the past few years and has earned his position in the squad.

Another defensive player who Arsenal should consider letting go of is Mathieu Debuchy.

After coming to Arsenal from Newcastle in 2014, he was a rock-solid right back but then picked up an injury early into his second season at the club that he was never able to fully come back from.


While he was recovering from his injury we saw the introduction of Hector Bellerin, who now, when fit is one of the first names on the team sheet for Arsenal. Debuchy has voiced his displeasure at the amount of playing time he gets when Hector is fit and as a result his departure could be seen as mutually beneficial to the club and him.

Arsenal should not have to worry about cover for the right back position should Bellerin fall ill or become injured, as central defenders Gabriel and Rob Holding have both done a decent job when called upon to fill in at right back.

Sticking with the same right back position, Carl Jenkinson has not proven that he can be world class just yet, but the boy loves Arsenal dearly and there could still be some untapped potential in there.

With Calum Chambers coming back from loan, they are covered in the central defensive area, but there is always room for improvement.

 

Midfielders

Arsenal have a plethora of midfielders in the squad currently and while reinforcements are direly needed, some of the current crop of players should be shown the exit door.


Aaron Ramsey should be the first name on the list to be let go. Although he showed lots of promising potential early in his career up until the horrific double compound fracture to his right leg in February of 2010. Aaron was never the same after that injury.

With a few green patches of form here and there, he is not consistent enough to be in a team that needs all its players ready when called upon to challenge for the title.

Next on the list of midfielders is Jack Wilshere.

Once dubbed as the golden boy and the future of Arsenal, his career has been far from fantastic. Although still young and can do a pretty good job when fit, his career has been blighted by one too many injuries and recurrence of previous ones.


He has been brought through the ranks at Arsenal by Arsene Wenger and could yet prove to be an impressive player, but a long-term future at Arsenal is not foreseeable with his frequency to injuries.

Jack should try a league that has less contact, even though football is a contact sport and you can never get away from it, the Premier League may prove just too rough for him.

This now brings us to Francis Coquelin.

In and out of the Arsenal team ever since he made his official first team debut in a 6-0 rout over Sheffield United in September of 2008. He has seen his fair share of moments being a squad player, rotating in and out during cup matches and when the squad was depleted through injuries.


Coquelin has been sent out on loan three times since joining Arsenal and on the third time he was recalled in December of 2014, because the Gunners were very short on midfielders due to injuries.

At the time, this seemed like an amazing decision by Arsene Wenger, as Coquelin was in great form for the rest of the season but seeing less playing time in the following season and even less in the season after.

He is not a player that will take Arsenal to the next level but is a perfect example of a squad player, he can play in positions that he is not accustomed to and will put in a shift, but for the sake of bettering his career and for Arsenal to bring in the top quality to challenge next season, Coquelin must be let go.

 

Forwards

The forwards at Arsenal are of proven quality, with the majority of them being established full internationals for their respective countries, however there are a handful of players that just can’t seem to hack it at the level that Arsenal require.

The first of these would be Theo Walcott. Another great product of the Southampton youth system, Theo joined Arsenal in 2006 and was known for his blistering pace and the comparisons to the great Thierry Henry.

Walcott has had his moments, notably starting almost every season strong but dwindling away as the season went on. Either falling out of favor due to poor form or suffering injuries.


Theo was in great form heading into the 2014 World Cup year, but unfortunately ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in a 2-0 win over Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium in that year. Walcott has not been able to fully recover and rediscover his pre-injury form since then.

With a few sporadic appearances here and there, the consistency of his poor performances are being brought to light and he finds it hard to gain a good run of games in the current Arsenal team.

His days at Arsenal are numbered and the club should offload him as soon as they can in order to recoup some of the money they spent or even turn a small profit on a player who doesn’t seem like he will hit the heights of his potential.

Lucas Perez only arrived at the club last summer and has been limited to just 21 appearances for Arsenal all season. He has scored 7 goals and has been directly involved in a goal or two in just about every match that has played.


Lucas has been plagued by injuries at the club and has also been overlooked on numerous occasions by the manager. Perez has so much more to offer Arsenal but at the moment is far down the pecking order and could see another season similar to his first with limited game time.

Whilst having a squad player is good, Arsenal should let him go out on loan to gain some more playing time and rediscover some form and then come back to the club rearing to go and form a partnership with one of the prolific strikers.

Last but not least, Alexander Iwobi should be sent out on loan to get some more games under his belt and experience some first team action. During the 2015/16 season, he was an exciting prospect to look at and played 21 games for the club only with a 2 goal return.

The manager had faith in him and gave him more game time in the 2016/17 season in which he made 38 appearances for Arsenal but only scoring 2 more than he did the season before.


There is no doubt that Iwobi could one day be an amazing player, but he needs to be at a club where he plays more regularly to learn more of the game and should consider a loan move to another Premier League club so that he stays in the league but also grows to his potential.

 

High caliber replacements are needed

With the analysis above, should these players leave, replacements of a high caliber need to be brought in.

Not more squad and back up players, but players that will raise the competition for places at the club which will evidently push players to perform and improve the squad as a whole.

 

Written by Jamaal Hamilton

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