Mikel Arteta has revealed that his transfer priorities will change to focus on getting out before he continues to invest in his Arsenal side with the arrival of Oleksandr Zinchenko.
The Gunners have signed five new faces for the senior side so far this summer, with Zinchenko joining Gabriel Jesus, Matt Turner, Marquinho and Fabio Vieira who have arrived at the Emirates Stadium since the transfer window opened.
This, along with seven returning loanees, left Mikel Arteta with a depleted squad ahead of the new season, highlighted by the fact that only Reuell Walters was taken from the youth side on the pre-season tour of the United States.
So often a chance for young talent to showcase their talent, the tour has instead become a process of securing minutes around the squad even for those who are clearly outside the Spanish boss’ plans this season.
They are not alone in this regard: across London both Tottenham and Chelsea are in similar situations.
Arsenal defender Reuel Walters is the only academy player to join the first team on the USA tour.
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And after their most recent pre-season game, a 3-1 win over Orlando City, Mikel Arteta admitted his focus was now on changing the exits from his senior 33-man squad.
“We have to”, Arsenal boss explained. “We have a great team and now we have to make things happen. We have to make some decisions about players that we will not use permanently and be fair with them. This is a process that will start soon.”
The Gunners gaffer has previously spoken to the media about his ideal squad size, stating that “If you can afford it financially and we don’t have to make the changes we need to make in the squad, if you ask me what I want, it’s 22 outfield players and three goalkeepers”.
Currently, they are armed with five goalkeepers, and 28 senior foreign players, meaning that even before further arrivals, 8 players will leave the club this summer.
Who is going to leave?
So, who will these 8 players be?
1. Bernd Leno (GK)– Arsenal’s asking price is currently a sticking point for the 30-year-old Germany international in talks with Fulham over a move to Craven Cottage this summer. If his value is met, he will definitely leave.
2. Runar Alex Runarsson (GK) – Another player expected to leave on loan or permanently this summer, Runarsson spent last season on loan at Belgian side Oud-Heverlee Leuven, but did not do enough to earn a permanent move. The Icelandic defender has no future at Arsenal.
3. Hector Bellerin (RB)- After spending last season on loan with youth club Real Betis, this summer has been something of a saga to see if the Spaniard will return there on a permanent deal ahead of the new campaign.
For now, that seems financially unlikely, although the proposed sale of Betis defender Alex Moreno to Nottingham Forest could change that. One to keep an eye on.
4. Nuno Tavares (LB) – A hit and miss first season of Premier League football, Zinchenko’s arrival seems to have put paid to any thoughts of him staying at the Emirates Stadium this summer in an ideal world. Brighton, Marseilles and Atalanta have all been linked with loan moves, but nothing has come of it yet.
5. Pablo Mari (CB) – Another player sent out on loan in December, Pablo Mari’s move is perhaps less certain than others on this list in terms of his ability to play in a left-wing centre-back role. However, with William Saliba and Rob Holding currently operating as the third and fourth central defenders, Mari is likely to be on the move this summer.
6. Ainsley Maitland-Niles (CM) – It is still difficult to say what Ainsley Maitland-Niles wants to do with his football career, but everything seems to be away from Arsenal if a move is found.
An ineffective loan spell at Roma ended in European gold last season, but few appearances for the Englishman, and Arsenal’s hope that Roma would eventually look for a permanent move, has been wide of the mark.
The 24-year-old’s contract expires next summer, and Arsenal will be looking for a permanent solution this summer.
7. Lucas Torreira
Torreira appeared to have found a home in Florence after an impressive spell with Fiorentina last campaign, only for the Serie A side to purchase the 15-year-old’s option at the end of the season, leaving Uruguay in limbo once again.
Torreira, who was held on tour to the United States, was one of two out-of-form players to miss a minute of football in his opening two games, and has now flown home amid speculation surrounding a move.
Not in Mikel Arteta’s plans 12 months ago, it’s hard to see how in an ideal world that would have changed.
8. Folarin Balogun
With Eddie Nketiah’s contract extension and Gabriel Jesus’ arrival in north London, it looks like Folarin Balogun will be leaving the club on loan once again this summer.
The youngster signed a new contract with Arsenal in April 2021 that keeps him at the club until 2025, and is still thought to be highly regarded in north London, but is unlikely to get the minutes he needs. makes it possible to develop on Mikel Arteta. vice bench
Honorable mentions: Arthur Okonkwo, Nicolas Pepe and Reiss Nelson
Arthur Okonkwo, who was Arsenal’s third-choice goalkeeper last season, is expected to go out on loan this season, handing over that role to youth team-mate Karl Hein.
Meanwhile, the futures of both Nicolas Pepe and Reiss Nelson may be tied to potential signings. In an ideal world, Arsenal would be happy for Pepe to move, but finding a potential suitor to recoup any of their £72m outlay has so far proved difficult.
Reiss Nelson is also out of contract next summer, meaning his departure is likely but by no means guaranteed. If the Gunners bring in another signing like they tried with Raphinha, the writing could be on the wall.
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