William Saliba will arrive another year older and wiser from his loan spell at Nice and, as I detailed a couple of weeks ago,如果大卫路易斯递给另一个一年的延期，我不会感到惊讶平稳过渡。艺术品仍然谈到另一个右侧中心 - 一半，这将基本上削减俱乐部对威廉·萨尔比亚发展的兴趣。
At right-back, Hector Bellerin has two years remaining on his deal so we are in “renew or sell” territory. He has fallen out of favour recently, which suggests that the latter is the most likely scenario. Hector also sits in the rare category of “player Arsenal wouldn’t mind selling that buying clubs wouldn’t mind paying cash money for.”
这已经是很多工作，我们甚至没有进入中场和攻击。丹尼CEBALLOS贷款的第二年并没有真正锻炼，他可能会离开。Granit Xhaka在与Bernd Leno完全相同的甜蜜点。他有两年的交易，而且，现在仍然是团队的一个组成部分。
Ideally, Arsenal would be able to kick the Xhaka can down the road for one more year when there might be more time to consider a long-term upgrade. His contract situation demands a decision this summer, however. That means he is likely to be offered a deal and, as with Leno, a new deal locks Arsenal into their Xhaka marriage past his prime years.
Thomas Partey is the midfield piece that Arteta will want to build around, the Xhaka and Partey combination has looked promising but Arsenal have to consider where they are now and where they want to be in four years’ time- contract decisions on Bellerin, Leno and Xhaka have to consider the next stage of the team’s evolution. Do Arsenal trust these players to take Arsenal to the next level in the medium term?
Edu and Arteta will also be tasked with sweet talking Martin Odegaard and Real Madrid into a permanent deal, which will cost a pretty penny. If they are unsuccessful in that endeavour, then someone else needs to be found. This is probably where most of Arsenal’s tight budget will go this summer.
There are three central midfielders out on loan in Matteo Guendouzi, Lucas Torreira and Joe Willock. Arsenal might find a place for Willock or Torreira out of expedience but really ought to be open to selling all three. Willock might be the easiest to move on of those three, Guendouzi has one year left on his deal and is not exactly high on the manager’s Christmas card list. Torreira has never truly settled in England and his style is at odds with what the manager wants.
The wide forward positions seem to be relatively secure. Saka and Martinelli are tied to long-term deals, as is Willian (!). I’ve a feeling Arsenal would be open to offers for Nicolas Pepe if one came along but, again, I don’t think that will be seen as any sort of priority. The situation at centre-forward is knotty too.
The club have already committed to Aubameyang. Lacazette and Nketiah both have a year left on their deals. I simply cannot believe that Arteta publicly declared Nketiah not to be for sale in January before (rightly, in my view) determining that he is no longer good enough to make the match day squad.
January is an excellent time to sell an unneeded striker with clubs near the bottom of the league desperate for a goal scorer. This is where Edu needs to demonstrate a much firmer hand and explain to the manager that you cannot declare a player unsaleable and then not play him. It also adds to Arsenal’s workload this summer and, in the meantime, Nketiah is losing market value watching games on his sofa.
Reiss Nelson has two years remaining on his deal and ought to be an easy enough sale though his value will be diminished by his recent exile too. Alex Lacazette’s contract expires in 2022 and it should be a no brainer to say “thank you very much” and sell on to raise funds for a younger model. However, the club were unable to shift him last summer due to the impact of covid on football’s economy.
He turns 30 in May and given the state of football’s economy, value is more important than ever- which means 30-year old strikers on good salaries are not enormously sought after- particularly when clubs know they can get the 31-year old version for free with 12 months patience. Edu’s in-tray looks gargantuan.
Purchasing clubs will be well aware of the rather desperate position that Arsenal are in and will be happy to string the club along in pursuit of lower prices. Paying players to leave in January was necessary but it also illustrates your desperation. The jury is still out on Edu’s capability as a Technical Director for the time being. Come September, we will have a much firmer grasp of his skills. Boa sorte, cara.