The clearance about to start…

“We have a large squad so we have to make some decisions as well on the players that we’re not going to be using consistently and be fair and straight with them and that’s a process that is going to start very soon as well. We have a big squad and now we have to make things happen.” Arteta

So who could likely to be concerned by the squad trimming process:

  • Leno (sale), Runarsson (sale or loan)
  • Cedric or Bellerin (sale)
  • Pablo Mari (sale)
  • Nuno Tavares (loan)
  • AMN (sale), Torreira (sale)
  • Sambi (loan), Vieira (loan)
  • Pepe (sale or loan), Nelson (sale or loan), Balogun (loan), Marquinhos (loan)
  • Oulad, Azeez, Patino, Taylor-Hart (all loan)

We will be playing the EPL, Europa League and FA Cup next year…3 competitions, we need a squad of up to 26 players including 3 GKs and 2-3 youth players…we already know a large portion of our squad for next year:

GK: Ramsdale, Turner, Okonkwo (3)

DF: Tomy, White, Saliba, Gabriel, Holding, Tierney + Cedric or Bellerin (7)

DM/CM: Partey, Xhaka, El Neny, Zinchenko + Sambi or Vieira + Patino or Azeez (6)

CAM: Ode, ESR (2)

FW: Saka, Martinelli (2)

ST: G. Jesus, Nketiah (2)

That is a total of 22 players already and that already includes Patino or Azeez (one young gun).

There are 4 spots left: including 1 at ST, 2 at FW and 1 for a young player at the back (Norton?).

So we could definitely keep Balogun, Pepe, Nelson or Marquinhos but will they want to stay?

I think it is a clear departure for the Mari, AMN, Torreira though…

Let us see…what are your thoughts?


28 Responses to The clearance about to start…

  1. RC78 says:

    I think our squad would benefit from recruiting a player like Harvey Barnes or Filip Kostic to bolster our squad as I am not 100% sure Pepe, Nelson or Marquinhos could really cover for Martinelli in case he is injured…and as indicated previously, we could get someone better than both Cedric and Bellerin at RB but if Cedric stays, all is not lost as long as we keep Norton-Cuffy 🙂

  2. anon says:

    vieira is defo not going on loan, and i doubt marquinhos will either

  3. RC78 says:

    For Vieira, I agree but for Marquinhos, I would not be surprised if he is shipped out on loan

  4. fred1266 says:

    As rightly mentioned the backup don’t bring the same quality I hope he can convince AMN to stay since he is so versatile wouldn’t mind keeping nelson cause he looked good for feynord last season so that the 24 for me not sure who the other 2 should be

  5. LB says:

    What would be the guess as to how much that little lot will fetch?

  6. Aaron says:

    2 pence….

  7. fred1266 says:

    Aaron u attend any of the games

  8. Aaron says:


    Once in 45+ years:-)

    My, my, my, what a wonderful half of pressing and attacking futbol.

    Sign of things to come.

    Know it is preseason, but wow!

  9. fred1266 says:

    U live America right Aaron?

    Yea the pressing was good nice goal by odegard hopefully more of that from him this season

    Saliba was composed going to really enjoy watching him

    Seems saka not getting any joy on right cause white not given much over lapping

    We need you bellerin

  10. Aaron says:



    How many games have you had the pleasure of attending? A
    Am jealous for sure.

    Saliba is going to be a beast.

    Remember, White is not a true rb, yet.

    Let’s see what Arteta does for the second half.

  11. fred1266 says:

    Yea I know white is not a RB think that why it affecting saka, also think this is the side we starting the season with so hopefully he figured it out

  12. fred1266 says:

    Wish he game AMN a try at RB if je stays

  13. fred1266 says:

    AMN playing at CAM hmm

  14. fred1266 says:

    Nice freekick pepe unlucky

  15. fred1266 says:

    Nice cross Cedric

  16. Aaron says:

    Excellent preparation for Palace…

  17. LBG says:

    Don’t believe Vieira or Sambi will be loaned out! Pepe and Nelson to be sold. Marquinos probably loaned. Hope Balogun stays, not sure he will.

  18. allezkev says:

    Who we loan or not loan will be influenced by what other business we do between now and August 31st, but we’re going to need a big squad so it wouldn’t surprise me if we retained all of those players recently recruited and maybe a couple of those among the group thought to be available for transfer. A couple of injuries and everything suddenly looks a lot different so don’t be too keen to ship anyone out of loan just yet?

  19. pbarany says:

    Fred, I don’t think AMN played CAM for the last few minutes, but we reverted from 4-2-3-1 to 4-3-3 for a short – and successful – experiment, as Odegaard was substituted, ESR is not yet fully fit, and Vieira was slightly injured.

    LBG, Balogun will not play for the first team this season, so he is expected to find a loan move to the PL or a foreign top tier team. And we cannot get rid of Pepe, Nelson and Marquinhos all at once, so either we buy a new attacker (Gakpo?), or Sell Pepe, loan Marquinhos, and Nelson stays to play backup RW.

  20. allezkev says:

    Going into a season with only two strikers seems a risk to me?

  21. LB says:

    Oh my goodness what an exciting season we have in store, that was such a good performance, so much to look forward to.

  22. LB says:

    Do you really think that we will find a buyer for Pepe, I seriously doubt it, loan all over it to me.

  23. LB says:

    The back up striker is Martinelli

  24. fred1266 says:

    Pbarany even if when odegard left we went to a 433, AMN was the furthest CM, thi also happened in the game against Orlando

    Just wished arteta could have convinced him to play RB but seems midfield is his new position

    So when tomi back who u all think get the starting CB spot next to gabi

  25. fred1266 says:

    I understand why u think it a bad idea so maybe qe keep balogun until January might be a smart move

  26. pbarany says:

    Fred, keeping Balogun with the club could be smart, but wouldn’t be fair with the boy. On the other hand signing Cody Gakpo, who can play on the wings and at CF would solve the problem for good – assuming we find a buyer for Pepe.

    Your starting defender question is a good one. It seems All White, Saliba and Gabriel are promised to have guarantees to play, so at the moment the White-Saliba-Gabriel-Zinchencko back 4 lookes solid. The questions remain: what shall happen when last season’s starting full backs come back to match fitness. It is possible that Tomi will sit on the bench and White will become our first-choice RB. I wouldn’t like that, but it is indeed possible. The same applies with Zinch, he could usurp Tierney’s starting position, could sit on the bench, and could also compete with our central defenders.

  27. fred1266 says:

    Another idea is when tomi back use white I’m midfield next to partey

    Intrigued to see what arteta would do

  28. VP says:

    So had a bit of time and pulled out my 3.5inch floppy disc and booted up Lotus123 on my IBM PC5150 and started crunching the numbers and many other variables such as weather, colour, Nancy in Taiwan and Fabregas signing for Como into my personalised EPL spreadsheet and can quite confidently predict –
    EPL 22/23 Top 6
    Man Shitty #1
    Arsenal #2
    Liverpool #3
    Chelsea #4
    Manure #5
    Newcastle #6

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