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With Arsenal finishing the season on an FA Cup win, over the league winners Chelsea, they shown they’re still a force.
But missing out on a Champions League place, means it could prove difficult for the Gunners to persuade some of their talent to remain at the club.
Here’s five potential players aborting Arsenal this summer.
1) Hèctor Bellerín
The Arsenal full-back could be looking to switch from London to Catalonia this summer, as reports suggest Bellerín has been linked with a move to Barcelona.
The 22 year old’s career started at the ranks of Barcelona’s youth team, before moving to Arsenal in 2011, and now the right-back could be set to return.
The Spaniard’s pace, skilful dribbling and passing abilities, epitomises the modern day full-back, and will compliment Barcelona’s attacking football, along with an 80% tackling success in the 2016/17 season, shows Bellerín to be a well-rounded player.
With such talent in abundance it is clear to see why the Spanish giants want to lure in Bellerín, to join the field with Messi, Neymar and fellow international teammate Iniesta.
2) Olivier Giroud
With the lack of playing time, Giroud’s future at Arsenal looks bleak.
With only 11 Premier League starts in the season just gone, Giroud commented upon the situation, stating “I will not settle for another year with such little playing time.”
The Frenchman’s frustration may not be resolved anytime soon, as Arsene Wenger has speculated interest in Monaco’s young talent Kylian Mbappe, Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, and Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez.
So, it seems the 30 year old striker does not fit into Arsenal’s plans for the future.
3) Alexis Sanchez
The thought of the Chilean ace leaving Arsenal this summer, is the stuff of nightmares for Arsenal supporters.
In his first season at the club he was named in the PFA Team of the Year, and was named the PFA Fans’ Player of the Season, from then on Sanchez has been a standout player, not only in the Arsenal team, but also in the Premier League.
The winger has enjoyed the success of winning trophies when playing for Barcelona, and wished to continue that journey at Arsenal, but the silverware has been hard to come by and a world-class player with the talent he possess is hot property for any team.
Recent reports indicate the 28 year old could be in the sky blue colours of Manchester City.
It would come as a shock for many, but Arsenal players, going to rivals, Manchester City, has not been an unprecedented move in the past, as seen with Emmanuel Adebayor and Samir Nasri. However, interest has also come in from Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.
If such speculation is true, then the enormous backlash from the Gunners’ supporters will be certain.
4) Kieran Gibbs
With the arrival of Sead Kolasinac on a free transfer from Schalke, Gibbs’ place at left-back now seems long gone.
The 27 year old had just 8 starts in the league this season, and looks to be on the move in search of regular first team playing time.
Having been a part of Arsenal’s first team since 2007, the experienced full-back has picked up interest from other Premier League clubs, with Newcastle, Watford and Stoke supposedly being interested.
5) David Ospina
Usually Arsenal’s second choice keeper, behind Petr Cech, but impressive when called upon, Ospina looks likely to drift away from London, and perhaps even England altogether.
With only 14 appearances across all competitions this season, the Colombian is another one of Arsene’s players who has failed to see consistent playing time.
The 28 year old would be leaving on a high, considering he played in the FA Cup-winning team this season.
Reports are suggesting a link to Turkish giants Fenerbahce, where he could join, Arsenal fans look away now, ex-Arsenal and Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie, and also former Liverpool centre back Martin Skrtel.
Written by Akbar Raza
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