“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?