Five Players for Arsenal to Clear out this Summer

Another football season is soon to start and - as ever - there has been a lot of talk about who Arsene Wenger should bring to Arsenal and why he is not spending more on the best players.

Although Arsenal finished second in the Premier League last season, not many believe that they were a strong bet to win the title. As good as it was to finish above Spurs, Leicester were never nervously looking over their shoulder as the season came to close.

Wenger will definitely continue to strengthen the side in the next few weeks before the new campaign starts but who should he be thinking of letting go to make room for his new arrivals?

Goalkeeping Dilemma

It really depends on Ospina and Szczesny’s plans for the season as to what will happen in the goalkeeping department. Petr Cech is the number one and if Szczesny decides to spend another season at Roma then it is unlikely that Ospina will be allowed to leave. Szczesny’s days at Arsenal seem over so if Wenger could get good money for the Polish keeper it might be more in his interest to go for a permanent move.

Left Back Left Out

Kieran Gibbs rarely featured last season - only once since the start of the year - and is generally understood to be on his way out of the club. Although he really came on a couple of seasons ago he was unable to shift Nacho Monreal last year and will find playing opportunities hard to come by this season. The England international could get into a number of Premier League sides though and a move would stop the stalling of his career.
Laurent to Leave?
Although Koscielny is one of the more consistent defenders at the club it could be in the Frenchman’s interests to seek a move away this summer. Bayern Munich have reportedly shown an interest and at the age of 31 Koscielny may believe that this will be his last chance for a big move. Wenger would not want him to go but may have sympathy with his motives.

Time to Go Theo

Theo Walcott has seemingly been on the verge of leaving Arsenal for the past few seasons. But this year could be the time it actually happens. He has already been linked to a move across town to West Ham so Wenger might see it as the best thing to do. Walcott’s form was fairly poor towards the end of last season and although he has looked world beating at times he has also disappointed against some of the bigger clubs.

Au Revoir Olivier

Giroud won over the French fans during the European Championship as his goals helped his side reach the final but there were plenty of Arsenal fans who weren’t so enamoured by the striker last season. I am personally a fan, however he cannot do the job on his own, we need that star bite. Although it looks like HiguaĆ­n won’t be on his way from Napoli now, the club seemed happy to use Giroud as part of the deal, even though his agent rubbished the rumour. With Welbeck out until February, Arsenal will need to get someone in before deciding on the Giroud situation, but a move to another club in Europe may have to be considered.

Ins and Outs

There is always intense speculation about the goings on at Arsenal over the close season but Wenger will feel he needs to revamp a team that looked curiously out of touch last season when it was arguably the best chance to win the title in a long time. It will depend on who Wenger gets in at the club but don’t be too surprised if some fairly big names make an exit too.


  1. It makes sense to let these players go if we get the right offers and have already identified replacements. No point trimming down the squad without improving the squad

  2. Lucas Perez is great competition for Olivier