Five players that Arsenal need to sell this summer.
After bucking bookie odds with a late title challenge, the 2015 summer transfer window could be the biggest of Arsene Wenger’s career. As money continues to become an integral part of the Premier League, it becomes even more vital to spend big in the transfer market. However, players must also be shipped out to accommodate new arrivals and, in the case of Arsenal, there are a few positions that must be improved if they are to challenge for the Premier League title next season. We take a look at five players that the Gunners should sell in the summer and reasons why that will help Wenger’s side challenge for the title next season. Abou Diaby: It looks as though the Frenchman’s Arsenal career will be over sooner rather than later after the Gunners have coped relatively well while he’s been out with a long-term injury. Unfortunately, it is unlikely that Diaby will ever return to the powerful box-to-box midfielder that he was when he arrived at the club after an injury-plagued career. In the last four seasons, the 28-year-old has played just 16 Premier League matches for Arsenal – a statistic that suggests the midfielder should either look for a career move elsewhere or hang up his boots early. Lukas Podolski: The Germany international remains an excellent footballer but he has fallen out of favour at Arsenal and was loaned out to Inter Milan in January. Although he has stated that he believes he will return to the Gunners at the end of the season, it is unlikely that he has made the necessary impact in Italy to force Wenger to change his thoughts on the Pole. Prior to his move, the 29-year-old featured seven times for Arsenal in the league – with all seven appearances cameo roles from the bench. At Inter, he hasn’t exactly set the world on fire and manager Roberto Martinez has opted for Xherdan Shaqiri instead in recent weeks. It wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see Podolski move elsewhere on a permanent deal before the start of next season. Serge Gnabry: Gnabry is supposedly one for the future but then again, most of the Arsenal squad are young. Going up against the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck, the 19-year-old stands little chance of earning much playing time although the German youngster may be selected for Capital One Cup fixtures and the occasional appearance off the bench. If the Gunners are smart, they will loan the winger out to a fellow Premier League club and hope that he can develop his skills further. Carl Jenkinson: The defender was loaned to West Ham prior to the start of the season and has fitted in well at Upton Park. Prior to his move, he was a bit-part player for the Gunners and racked up his appearances mainly due to other defensive injuries. With talented youngsters like Hector Bellerin, Gabriel Paulista and Calum Chambers all competing for a position in that Arsenal defence, Jenkinson may find himself towards the bottom of the pecking order. In what would ultimately be a good move for both the club and the player, Jenkinson should move away from the Emirates in order to enhance his career prospects. Mikel Arteta: Arsenal pride themselves on free-flowing, attacking football with pace across the midfield. Unfortunately, the experienced Spaniard has lost all forms of pace and, with the defensive-minded Francis Coquelin impressing in recent weeks, it may be the end of Arteta’s time at the club. The 32-year-old has spent most of this season on the sidelines due to injury, but the Gunners have shown they can more than cope without the former Everton midfielder. With many expecting the club to sign another defensive midfielder, the writing may be on the wall for Arteta.