Arsenal 2018/19: The players Unai Emery should look to keep and sell in the summer

Arsenal's squad needs some tinkering for next season

It's been a tough week for Arsenal and Unai Emery.

The Gunners have lost three Premier League games in the space of eight days, conceding nine times and managing just three goals in response.

Thankfully, the 1-1 draw between Manchester United and Chelsea means there is still a chance of Arsenal making the top four.

If they do, it will be some achievement and should aid Emery in rebuilding a squad littered with deadwood and players that simply are not good enough.

As such, we've decided to aid the Arsenal boss by giving our verdict on which players the Gunners should keep and sell over the summer.

Loaned out players Calum Chambers, Reiss Nelson and Emile Smith-Rowe have not been included (although they should all be kept and handed opportunities).

BERND LENO - KEEP

Aside from that shaky performance away at Wolves, the German has been an excellent signing and will only get better.

PETR CECH - RETIRING

His decision to hang up his boots is certainly the correct one, with his goalkeeping powers seriously waning in the past few years.

HECTOR BELLERIN - KEEP

Prior to his serious knee injury, he was enjoying arguably his best form for the club. One of the key members of Emery's squad.

STEPHAN LICHTSTEINER - SELL

Lichtsteiner has been a dreadful signing

Big wages and past it. The Swiss full-back has been a disastrous signing and getting him off the pay roll would be a wise decision.

AINSLEY MAITLAND-NILES - KEEP

Versatile and a real team player. Yes, he has some flaws right now, but he will only get better. However, he simply cannot play as a right-back in a four-man defence.

CARL JENKINSON - SELL

He loves the club and hasn't been disastrous when played this season, but he's simply not good enough for Arsenal.

SHKODRAN MUSTAFI - SELL

Arsenal cannot enter the 2019/20 season with the German as a centre-back option. Flog him for whatever fee possible and sign a replacement who actually has some form of footballing brain.

LAURENT KOSCIELNY - KEEP

Still the key man in Arsenal's defence

Still the leader of this Arsenal defence and looks as if he has a few more years left in the tank, barring a flare up of that Achilles injury.

SOKRATIS - KEEP

An astute piece of business last summer and a commanding presence on the pitch, a top defender with the right players around him.

ROB HOLDING - KEEP 

Arsenal were showing signs of defensive solidity when Holding was fit, which tells you everything. Get him straight back in that starting XI when he's available again.

KONSTANTINOS MAVROPANOS - KEEP

He's been a disaster when played this season, but there is a player in there somewhere. Give the young Greek international time.

NACHO MONREAL - KEEP

Monreal still has a future at the club

While he's nearing the end of his career, Monreal can still do a job in the centre of defence and on the left.

SEAD KOLASINAC - KEEP

Like Maitland-Niles, Kolasinac simply cannot play at left-back in a four-man defence. But as a left-wing back, he is a real menace and Emery does like his 3-5-2 formation.

GRANIT XHAKA - KEEP

Injuries have seen his form tail off of late, but Xhaka has had a brilliant season. Without him, Arsenal's midfield just isn't the same.

LUCAS TORREIRA - KEEP

A great signing from Sampdoria and one who will only improve in the coming years.

MOHAMED ELNENY - SELL

Elneny's time at the club is surely over

Watching Elneny play this season has made for difficult viewing. Slow and predictable, now is the time to move the Egyptian on.

MATTEO GUENDOUZI - KEEP

An exciting young talent who has been thrown in the deep end a bit this season, but the Frenchman is one of the most exciting midfield prospects in Europe.

AARON RAMSEY - SADLY LEAVING

Probably Arsenal's player of the season and the one heading for Juventus, shame.

JOE WILLOCK - KEEP

Should have been handed more chances this season after his performances for the youth side. Willock certainly has a first-team future at the club.

HENRIKH MKHITARYAN - SELL

Mkhitaryan just hasn't adapted to English football

The Armenian just isn't built for English football. Reckless, slow on the ball and infuriatingly casual with his passing, Arsenal simply need better options out wide.

ALEX IWOBI - KEEP

A player who defines frustration, but one who could be a superstar with the right guidance. Although, Emery need to get him on finishing drills every day over the summer...

DENIS SUAREZ - CANCEL THAT LOAN!

What on earth was that signing about? Get rid.

MESUT OZIL - SELL

Controversial, we know. But when your highest paid player is so unpredictable with his form and fitness, Arsenal will continue to suffer.

BUYAKO SAKA - KEEP (AND GIVE MORE OPPORTUNITIES)

Saka with the youth side

The most exciting talent in the academy right now and with Arsenal lacking in the wide areas, it seems bizarre that Saka hasn't been handed more first-team opportunities.

PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG - KEEP

A great goal scorer and a positive personality in the dressing room, easy decision this one.

ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE - KEEP

An even easier decision. The club's star striker, one who has taken on another level in 2018/19. Finding players to supply Lacazette should be high on Emery's priority list for the summer.

DANNY WELBECK - KEEP

He looks like he's on his way out after that serious ankle injury, but Arsenal have missed Welbeck of late. A great squad option to have, especially if Emery wants to play with two strikers

EDDIE NKETIAH - KEEP

Nketiah in action for Arsenal

A young striker with bags of talent. Hand him more opportunities in the cup competitions and watch him thrive.

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