Arsene Wenger started his summer shopping rather early with the £30 million capture of Swiss midfield maestro Granit Xhaka, which has no doubt pleased the Arsenal faithful.
The arrivals of Pep Guardiola and Antonio Conte, as well as the return of Jose Mourinho, means the league has never been more competitive.
With such a plethora of managerial talent, the clubs can now lure the best of the best, and Wenger certainly wouldn’t want to be lagging behind and would be intent on strengthening his squad further, which is bad news for the fringe players at Arsenal.
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So let us look at three players who could leave the Emirates stadium this summer.
Kieran Gibbs, who has been at the club since he was seven years old, has seen his playing time reduce significantly, which has ultimately cost him a place in Roy Hodgson’s Euro squad.
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He had nailed down a starting berth after the departure of Gael Clichy, but his position was usurped by a resurgent Nacho Monreal, who has quickly established himself as one of the best left-backs in the division.
Injuries forced Le Professeur to draft in the 23-year-old Costa Rican forward into the starting eleven, and he did not disappoint, showing tremendous creativity and work rate.
Campbell scored crucial goals against the likes of Swansea City and Sunderland and played an instrumental role in Arsenal’s 3-0 away win at Olympiakos which ensured Arsenal entered the knockout phase for the thirteenth straight season.
Despite his growing influence in the team, he found his playing time limited with Wenger preferring Alex Iwobi for the final league games of the season, which would surely have infuriated him, and moving away from the Emirates seems like a wise option.
The Englishman started the season showing promise as a centre forward and replaced Olivier Giroud as the first choice striker. His best match arguably came against Manchester United at home, where he showed that on his day, he can be unstoppable.
He finished 2015 on a high by brilliantly curling in a long-ranger into the bottom corner against Manchester City.
He has, however, failed to replicate his form in 2016, with many substandard performances to his name. His performance against Man Utd away from home being the final nail in the coffin, as far as this season was concerned, as he did not start another game for the Gunners and was largely used as an impact substitute.
A failure to grab a place in the Euro squad would certainly have irked the 27-year-old speed merchant. With his best years still ahead of him, a move may just be right for him.
Will Arsene Wenger look to offload any of these three this summer? Have YOUR say in the comment section below!
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