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The summer transfer window could see a number of Arsenal players leave as the club prepare for a summer of upheaval
While there remains some uncertainty over Arsene Wenger’s future at Arsenal, plans will continue to be made ahead of next season.
The uncertainty over the manager’s position extends to the playing squad, with Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil’s contracts still unsigned.
Wenger’s future will dictate much of Arsenal’s summer transfer business, but a number of departures are likely to happen irrespective of whether or not the manager extends his contract.
Wenger only sold Isaac Hayden, Wellington Silva and Serge Gnabry in addition to the Bosman exits of Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini and Tomas Rosicky with the concentration on incomings, but that should change this summer.
The consensus amongst large sections of the fanbase on Ospina has been a harsh one. He has unfairly developed unflattering monikers from some fans and is regularly likened to the erratic Manuel Almunia, but the comparison is an inaccurate one.
Ospina has played well in each of his 10 appearances this season but still does not get the recognition he deserves for his performances despite the ‘Ooooooooooossssspinaaaa!’ chants which illuminate each of his goal kicks.
Petr Cech’s form has, of the two, arguably been the more questionable this season and his long-term future is now in doubt.
Arsenal have looked at Jordan Pickford as a possible replacement for Cech but it’s unclear whether they will follow up on that interest this summer with Sunderland’s Premier League fate likely to decide where he starts next season.
With Wojciech Szczesny possibly returning to the club too, Ospina may well be tempted to go and realise his aspirations of regular first-team football.
A transfer to Crystal Palace looked as good as done in January, but Jenkinson’s wage demands scuppered a deal and in the process his chances of becoming a first-choice right-back.
It’s something which through no fault of his own he will never achieve at Arsenal.
That owes to the brilliance of Hector Bellerin, whose emergence as one of the greatest full-backs in Europe has ensured he has ownership over that position.
Jenkinson had a golden opportunity to impress in the EFL Cup earlier this season against Southampton but failed terribly and Ryan Bertrand’s goal that night was due to some slack defending on his part.
It felt like a last-chance saloon for him and the fact Gabriel has played ahead of him in that position when Bellerin has been injured tells you everything you need to know about his future.
Arsenal will require defensive reinforcements this summer, because both of their deputy right-backs will be leaving.
Debuchy has been unable to force his way into the first-team picture due to injury and loss of form and he did his best to hammer the final nail in the coffin of his Emirates career with his comments on Wenger during January.
Taking on the manager is never a wise move and his actions led to some rather public pleas from Wenger for someone (anyone) to purchase him before the January window closed.
Interest in Debuchy never really materialised and he may be difficult to shift given the wages he is currently sat on, but he plays no part in Wenger’s thinking and in most likelihood any prospective successor’s thinking, either.
A move back to Ligue 1 appears the likeliest outcome if anyone is willing to take on his his lofty financial demands but what is clear is that he will not be featuring any time soon for the Gunners.
This one may not be as glaringly obvious as the others, but Gabriel must begin to wonder where he fits in at Arsenal.
There’s an argument that Arsenal would not actually need to strenghten in the middle of their defence should the accident-prone Brazilian depart.
Rob Holding continues to impress in cameo roles for Arsenal and Per Mertesacker’s one-year extension means Gabriel could feasibly start next season as the fifth-choice option in the position – and that’s before you factor in Calum Chambers’ probable return from Middlesbrough.
Chambers has enjoyed a profitable loan spell with Aitor Karanka’s side and his defensive improvements would allow him to cover Bellerin on the right and offer another option in the centre, which pushes Gabriel even further down the pecking order.
Arsenal have scouted left-backs ahead of the summer transfer window and are minded to strengthen in the position given Nacho Monreal and Gibbs’ poor form.
Monreal has been unable to replicate the same levels of consistency he has shown in his previous two seasons which has allowed Gibbs a chance to impress, but he hasn’t seized it.
Bayern Munich intentionally ganged up on him in the 5-1 Allianz mauling, with Arjen Robben and Philipp Lahm exploiting Arsenal on that side of the field and at 27, Gibbs is running out of chances to prove he can provide Arsenal with a dependable option at left-back.
Jose Gaya at Valencia is liked by Gunners scouts and if a move materialises, there will be no room for three players in the position.
West Ham enquired about taking Gibbs on loan in January but were told in no uncertain terms that he would not be leaving as there was no other cover for Monreal but a new signing will probably change that stance.
We all hope that this isn’t the case, but the whispers from the camp of Arsenal’s star man are that he has already made up his mind to leave the club.
You can hardly blame him given the season he and Arsenal have had. If it wasn’t for the Chilean, Arsenal would not be in top-four contention.
Arsenal are naturally determined not to lose him and will fight tooth and nail to ensure he remains at the club, but a number of clubs across Europe are already plotting their move and his head may have already been turned by reports of a move to Juventus or PSG.
If Alexis does leave, there are a list of stellar replacements who the club would look to bring in to replace him, but his leadership qualities as well as his goalscoring output will be difficult to find in the transfer market.
There is more confidence with regards to Mesut Ozil’s contract situation, but Arsenal fans will be gutted about the potential sale of a player who is by some distance their best.