After a disappointing season, here are five players who could leave Arsenal before the 2017/18 season begins.
Player 1: Lucas Perez
Lucas Perez signed for the Gunners last summer but has barely been given a chance by Arsene Wenger. When he has made appearances, he has been impressive but this has been all too rare. The Spaniard has scored seven goals in his first season with the club. This includes a hat-trick in the Champions League against Basel and a brace against Nottingham Forest in the EFL Cup. He made 11 Premier League appearances but just two of them were starts. Perez is understandably frustrated with his lack of game time and wants to leave this summer.
Player 2: Jack Wilshere
Jack Wilshere has spent almost the entirety of his career at Arsenal after joining at the age of nine. However, persistent and lengthy injuries have stopped him fulfilling his potential. Wilshere had a fairly successful loan spell at Bournemouth before suffering a hairline fracture of his left fibula against Tottenham Hotspur in April. The Arsenal graduate has one year left on his contract and talks have still not begun over a new one. With Arsene Wenger signing a new two-year deal, Wilshere fears that his time at Arsenal may be coming to an end.
Player 3: Mathieu Debuchy
Goodness knows how Mathieu Debuchy has remained at Arsenal this long. He has persistent injury problems and made just 13 Premier League appearances in three seasons. Debuchy and Wenger appear to have a fracticious relationship with the defender claiming that the Arsenal manager blocked his transfer to Manchester United in 2015. Arsenal need to have a summer clear out and decrease their wage bill. Debuchy should be one of the first players out the door.
Player 4: Carl Jenkinson
Carl Jenkinson is another player who has never fulfilled his potential at Arsenal. In recent seasons Jenkinson has had two loan spells at West Ham but returned early after a bad knee injury. He could have joined Crystal Palace in the January transfer window but the move broke down and he remained at Arsenal. He has played for the under-23s this season, showing how far down the pecking order he currently is. Jenkinson’s departure would not be a big loss for Arsenal. Even though he has a contract until 2020, he should be part of their summer clear out.
Player 5: Kieran Gibbs
Nacho Monreal has been Arsenal’s first choice left-back since joining the club in 2013. Kieran Gibbs is now just a squad player. The number of Premier League appearances that Gibbs has made have steadily decreased over recent seasons. In the 2016/17 season he made 11 appearances in the top flight, his lowest since the 2010/11 campaign when he only made seven. The Gunners are expected to sign Schalke left back Sead Kolasinac on a free transfer so this would push Gibbs even further down the pecking order.
Arsenal are desperate to get back into the Champions League as soon as possible and these are just some of the players they should look to part with this summer.
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