Squad Management

Player(s) Position Age Contract until
Petr Cech Keeper 35 2019
David Ospina Keeper 29 2019
Emiliano Martínez Keeper 25 2022
Shkodran Mustafi Centre-Back 25 2021
Laurent Koscielny Centre-Back 32 2020
Rob Holding Centre-Back 22 2020
Calum Chambers Centre-Back 22 2021
Per Mertesacker Centre-Back 33 2018
Sead Kolasinac Left-Back 24 2022
Nacho Monreal Left-Back 31 2019
Héctor Bellerín Right-Back 22 2023
Carl Jenkinson Right-Back 25 2020
Granit Xhaka Defensive Midfield 25 2021
Mohamed Elneny Defensive Midfield 25 2020
Aaron Ramsey Central Midfield 27 2019
Jack Wilshere Central Midfield 26 2018
Santi Cazorla Central Midfield 33 2018
Henrikh Mkhitaryan Right Midfield 29
Ainsley Maitland-Niles Right Midfield 20
Mesut Özil Attacking Midfield 29 2021
Alex Iwobi Left Wing 21 2020
Joel Campbell Right Wing 25 2018
Reiss Nelson Right Wing 18 2019
Alexandre Lacazette Centre-Forward 26 2022
Pierre Emerick Aubameyang Centre-Forward 28
Danny Welbeck Centre-Forward 27 2019
Lucas Pérez Centre-Forward 29 2020
Matt Macey Keeper 23
Konstantinos Mavropanos Centre-Back 20 2023
Cohen Bramall Left-Back 21 2018
Kelechi Nwakali Attacking Midfield 19
Takuma Asano Right Wing 23
Chuba Akpom Centre-Forward 22 2019
Edward Nketiah Centre-Forward 18

Transfer Out
Francis Coquelin
Alexis Sánchez
Theo Walcott
Mathieu Debuchy
Olivier Giroud

  • We have 30 players in first team/capable of contributing in first team.
  • We have 11 players who seem likely to depart, out of which we will have to indulge in selling 9 players as Per & Santi would just run out their contract. [5 sold]
  • Contracts needs to be negotiated for Wilshere, Ramsey.
  • Kos & Monreal need to be replaced after a season or sooner.
  • Need a right back as backup or someone capable to make Bellerin as backup.
  • Unless Nelson & Iwobi step up, We have no wingers or atleast no wingers capable of scoring.
  • We need a midfielder or two despite not being a concern quantity wise.


You don’t need to sweat it, the answer to you worries has arrived and his name is Maitland-Niles. :sunglasses:


Fuck the dross we have contracted on long term deals is just sickening reading.


Thank God we have Martinez tied down until 2022!


Jenkinson until 2020? Do we need to loan him out until his contract expires? :neutral_face:


Ffs not earning anything off Joel Campbell either


what’s the source.



I didn’t start this thread to discuss contract however. I should remove that column.


I thought the contract info was nice. And I echo every point you made below, I think we need to shave some off the squad size and get some quality>quantity. It looks like we have a CB issue as Holding+Chambers are in a slump and I don’t know what Mavro has got yet, but that could change over a few months at that age.

We have a wide player issue and we have for a while, and we still need a CM who is the Cazorla/Cesc type (I’m so weak for that role in general lol), as imo Jack is slightly better a bit higher up the pitch, like where Özil is at. It just so happens that he fine at CM and currently better than the rest.

I could watch Mert, Debuchy, Jenko, Xhaka, Elneny, Walcott, Campbell, Welbeck and Perez (+Sanchez) go in good conscience for various reasons - if we could refill properly, which I’m not sure we can lol Assuming our CBs shape up and Mustafi stays, say a RB, a CM, a LW, a RW and a ST. Out of the kids I think Nketiah and AMN looks promising, say they hold their spot and support our “self-sustained (be cheap) model”.

I still think we should invest in a pure passing pivot for midfield if possible, it would benefit our play so muc, and I think there’s a realistic bag of what we need in La Liga. Even the mid-table teams have a guy or two who is like 28-29 and naturally moves the ball with pace and accuracy, you’d get 3 years out of them no probs, they all have our style in the back bone, they all have buy out clauses, they’re all paid less than we can pay them, and we represent a career step-up abroad. Basically what we did with Cazorla. Surely we could find one that would be better than our current CM clown troupe :thinking:


Basically our squad is full of deadwoods and players about to leave. Our summer is gonna be hell.


Arsenal has a fairly bloated squad really, when you consider Jenkinson, Cazorla, Campbell aren’t even in the 25, on top of those that are and need to go like Akpom and Debuchy. Also we have two free non-HG spots which will become at least five when Mertesacker/Ozil/Sanchez leave.

So the possible big summer turnover is both welcome and worrying. Welcome because I would happily move on about 10 of them if we’re serious about stopping the rot, but worrying because that realistically isn’t going to happen in one summer.

The squad needs spicing up with quality first and foremost, but cutting down on the quantity is just as difficult


It is a difficult choice to make.
We need a complete overhaul but I have never seen any club make wholesale changes & not end up with more deadwoods.

This January window is very crucial at least in terms of selling deadwoods so we allow ourselves enough room to concentrate on getting players in.


If you’re Arsenal ‘deadwood’ like a Coquelin or a Wally Walcott then you stay for the entire duration of your contract because you know it’s the fattest contract you’ll ever earn. Then you know you can move on to your west ‘aaaaam or Southampton anyway on the free upon expiry, because you still have that connection as an Arsenal player, so you’re presumed more than good enough for them etc

TLDR = the limpets have stuck around long enough, might as well see it through until June :smile:


At least he can actually get a permanent club now :joy: he’s been on loan ever since he signed for us in 2011 apart from 15/16 where he actually played for us and was good lol


If they don’t sign, and we have to sell them, it means we could have a midfield of AMN, Iwobi and Nelson.


A new manager in place this summer would be the ideal situation to overhaul this squad with so many out of contracts or retiring


2+ more seasons for Iwobi… yeah~~~


Wilshere is really the minimum to do. Not renewing his contract would be criminal.


You’re really going all out on the Iwobi hate, man…


Is there a delete all and start again button?