With Arsenal seemingly set to embark on another massive overhaul this summer following yet another failed title tilt, it seems like a natural summer to wave goodbye to some of their players, no matter how good they’ve been for the club.
Obviously, there’s been so much talk surrounding Arsene Wenger’s future in north London, though the stars on the books of the club should also be weighing up their next move. Should a new boss come in, or Wenger adopt a stricter attitude than he previously has done, then their futures could be decided for them out of hand.
So, with Visit Britain running a competition to try and find the biggest Super Fan in the world to bring over to England, which Gunners players could make the opposite move? As the MLS continues to come on leaps and bounds every season, it would surely represent an exciting avenue for a few individuals.
Having said that, here’s a look at five Arsenal players who’d benefit from a move…
Yes, he’s still there. Despite finding some first-team minutes last season, Costa Rica international Joel Campbell is always seemingly lost in the attacking pack at Arsenal and consistently loaned away from the Emirates.
Having struggled to find a happy home in Europe, perhaps moving to the MLS would be a wonderful idea for Campbell. The likes of Sebastian Giovinco and Giovani dos Santos have shown how much of an impact talented, reasonably young forwards, can have in the MLS can have, so there is a reasonable precedent.
Blighted by injury this season, Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker may find it difficult to oust either Laurent Koscienly or Shkodran Mustafi as the club’s elite central defensive pairing. Just as compatriot and fellow World Cup winner Bastian Schweinsteiger makes a move across the pond, perhaps the BFG could do the same.
Despite struggling in England, Yaya Sanogo must have something about him, to have lasted on the club’s books for so long. In years gone by, the likes of Bradley Wright-Phillips and Jozy Altidore have proven prolific in the MLS in light of their struggles on these shores.
Still young enough to make a decent career at a high level, the Frenchman would be a clever signing.
Largely playing second fiddle to Petr Cech between the posts in north London, Colombian international David Ospina may be well advised to make a return across the Atlantic in order to help his international career. Though he’s played in the Champions League, the Gunners may not qualify for next year’s, which could have a severe effect on his playing time.
Though Santi Cazorla remains one of the most talented players in the Arsenal squad, the Spaniard is struggling with injuries and can no longer be relied upon to see out a full season. A big name, the deep-lying FA Cup winner would undoubtedly represent somewhat of a coup for those across the pond.
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