So far this transfer window, we’ve seen Arsenal splash the cash on Granit Xhaka, change his squad number twice, and have every name under the sun linked with them.
You name a player, and he’ll have been an Arsenal ‘transfer target’ at some point. Morata, Vardy, Kante, Mussachio, Zouma; and these are just those that have been in the news today.
But what about players exiting the Emirates? We already know Rosicky, Flamini, and Arteta have said their goodbyes; who could be joining them?
Well, in a drastic report by the Express, there are claims that as many as seven first-team players could be on their way out in a mass change-up by Arsene Wenger.
Granted, two of the players in question, Ozil and Sanchez, are only lumped on the list because of their ongoing contract negotiations (something we were already well aware of), but other moves listed seem more plausible.
First, Calum Chambers is reportedly one of three England internationals being linked with a move away. The 21 year old is apparently wanted back at St. Mary’s by boss Ronald Koeman on a two year loan deal.
Chambers has struggled for first-team opportunities since his move two years ago, and perhaps Wenger would consider a loan move to improve his Premier League experience.
The other two Englishmen possibly on the move are Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. While West Ham are leading the race for Walcott, Liverpool and Leicester are both interested in Chamberlain.
But with all clubs interested being in the Premier League, Wenger may be sceptical about strengthening close rivals. Even with calls for Walcott to be sold louder than ever before, Arsene is not usually one to bow to pressure.
However, one club outside the Premier League interested in an Arsenal player is Barcelona.
With long-term right back Dani Alves swapping Spain for Italy with Juventus, newly crowned double winners Barca may look towards ex-player Hector Bellerin to fill this void. An enquiry has already been turned down by Arsenal, but trust Luis Enrique to keep plugging away here.
Finally, with Petr Cech the nailed-on number one ‘keeper next year, David Ospina may be looking to jump ship this summer. With Besitkas interested, and willing to pay around £3m for his services, this looks a very likely deal.
Make what you will of the ‘mass exodus’ the Express are reporting, but don’t disregard it completely. Expect as much movement out of Arsenal as we see coming in this summer. Arsene best get busy.