Arsenal’s recent run has shown this squad has potential. This summer will be an important one with eight trophyless seasons pressuring the club to make significant moves. Here are some of the top players Arsenal should part ways with to make room for this summer’s new arrivals.
If the Gunners plan to add a proven goalkeeper to their squad this summer they will have to part ways with either Wojciech Szczesny or Lucasz Fabianski. However, recent play by each of the Polish keepers has greatly complicated this decision. Szczesny, the assumed favourite to start, missed the away leg of Arsenal’s Champions League tie with Bayern Munich due to “mental fatigue.” Since then, the 22-year-old has not seen any first team action and conceded three goals in a U21 match at Anfield. Despite his current spell of poor form, Szczesny has great potential and could benefit greatly from maturing behind one of Europe’s top goalkeepers. On the other hand, Fabianski has stepped up after being called upon. In his five starts, he has conceded just one goal. He appeared timid and conceded a poor penalty try against West Brom, but these starts might be enough to generate some market value for the 27-year-old.
The Nicklas Bendtner experiment will always be remembered as a massive failure for Arsenal Football Club. The striker has proved time and time again that his notorious personality completely outweighs his potential on the pitch. During his most recent loan move to Juventus, the striker made a bumbling nine appearances without scoring a goal. He missed almost two months with a thigh injury and was arrested on drinking and driving charges in early March. It has been reported the Danish international was more than three times over the legal limit. After his latest, and perhaps worst, embarrassment the Gunners should happily part ways with the striker for any price.
Diaby is a useful footballer when fit. Unfortunately, the French international cannot stay healthy. In his six seasons, the midfielder has sustained a laundry list of thirty six injuries. His most recent ailment, a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament, will require surgery and nine months of recovery time. Arsenal has a talented core of midfielders with Wilshere, Arteta, Ramsey, and Cazorla. The Gunners’ current winning streak is testament to the importance of team depth and they will look to acquire reserve midfielders this summer. However, a footballer as injury-prone as Diaby isn’t well suited for a back-up position.