Arsene Wenger’s summer of dithering might come to an end soon. Well, it’s not guaranteed, by any means. The Arsenal manager is seeing players pass him by this summer, as he has every summer, and it is a matter of time until Arsenal fans run out of patience.
Perhaps selling players would help the Gunners to invest? The money is, by all accounts, already available for Wenger to splash on bigger names and better players, but there is still a reluctance to compete with other clubs financially from Wenger.
Deals seem to take longer for Arsenal, bids often fall far short and there is a stubbornness about the club that is risking them falling behind. Until they will spend has heavily as their rivals, the risk of falling off the pace increases.
Maybe selling a few first teamers would help their cause? Could freeing up some extra cash make Wenger change his approach?
Never really nailing a place down at Arsenal, Walcott must be wondering if his career would benefit from moving to a club with slightly less pressure, where he could regularly play as the central striker.
England opportunities seem to be out of the question for the foreseeable and any new signing will only lessen Walcott’s chances of dislodging any of the regular starting forwards.
Despite the long-term injury to Per Mertesacker, Gabriel’s place in the side is not entirely nailed on.
The desire to sign a new centre-back comes first and the headless-chicken defender is unlikely to become a regular until he changes his game.
Other than his erratic approach, and tendency to dive in, Gabriel looks like he will always be a risk in the centre-back role. If he could be sold for a reasonable fee, it might finally see Arsenal make a hefty defensive investment.
Nacho Monreal has made the left-back role his own at Arsenal and the Spaniard has a stellar 2015/16 campaign.
Gibbs, who must still harbour ambitions of England stardom, needs to move for his own good at this point. The occasionally rotation appearance or popping up on the left-wing to defend a 2-1 lead is not enough to make a career.
Arsenal, meanwhile, must be wondering if they could sign a versatile defender who could cover a number of positions.
The arrivals of Xhaka and Elneny have put Coquelin’s position in the Arsenal squad in jeopardy. The Frenchman’s crunching tackles were crucial at times, but the two, more cultured, alternatives are surely going to become the first choice options for Wenger.
Arsenal might see Coquelin as a valuable commodity that could further bolster their cash reserves.
The arrival of Granit Xhaka, oddly, brings Cazorla’s place under question.
Having previously played as the deep-creator alongside the limited, but effective, Coquelin, Cazorla is now down the pecking order for a starting place in the Arsenal midfield.
No longer mobile enough to play in a more advanced role, Cazorla is unlikely to dislodge Wilshere or Ramsey in midfield. Could it be time to invest in a more youthful alternative?