This transfer window looks set to be one of the most important in Arsenal’s history. Arsene Wenger has been given a £70 million war chest to invest in players he believes will end the club’s eight-year wait for a trophy, and launch an assault on the Premier League title.
Whereas in previous windows the clubs supporters have been fretting about which players are set to depart the club, this time around is different.
The Gunners have been linked with a host of exciting talents, and whilst the clubs supporters are slightly anxious a deal is yet to materalise for any of those names mentioned in the press – particularly Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain – it certainly beats worrying about the future of losing the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie.
Inevitably however, there will be some outgoings. With expensive talent due to walk through those Emirates Stadium doors this summer, we take a look at five players Wenger should consider ditching in order to make way for those he feels can help the team to finally end their trophy drought.
Despite his reputation as something of a cult figure at the Emirates Stadium, the harsh truth is that Gervinho is simply not good enough for the Gunners.
Whether deployed wide or as a central striker, the Ivorian has often struggled.
He has been a figure of constant frustration for the Gunners supporters, scoring a wonder goal one moment before falling flat on his face the next.
Wenger will need far more consistent players in the attacking positions if he is to build a team capable of challenging for the title
The Frenchman is a great talent, but his injury record over the past few seasons has been simply dreadful.
Arsenal are in desperate need of a dynamic midfielder, capable of breaking up the play and starting attacks of their own.
Diaby can produce all that and more, but you feel the time has come when Wenger must realise the injury setbacks have proved too costly, and a replacement may be in order.
The young Welshman showed an improvement towards the end of last season, but realistically is he the man capable of dominating a title winning midfield?
Despite his best efforts the answer must be no.
The likes of Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta and Santi Cazorla are ahead of him in the midfield pecking order, and should Wenger strengthen further this summer as everyone expects, Ramsey will find playing time hard to come by next season.
A controversial choice perhaps.
The Frenchman was only bought in last summer as a replacement for Robin van Persie, although unfortunately for Arsenal he came nowhere near the level of the Dutchman.
Giroud may have bagged some important goals, but should Arsenal bring in the likes of Gonzalo Higuain and Wayne Rooney, it will be difficult to see him having any sort of future at the Emirates Stadium, especially with Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott battling for a central striker’s role also.
The French full back has been a great servant to the Gunners, but his form in the past year has tailed off somewhat.
Sagna himself has appeared unsettled, often mentioning his desire to quit the club, and with the emergence of Carl Jenkinson last season, this summer may prove the time to cash in.