Arsenal had a pretty grim 2020-21 season as the Gunners finished low in 8th place in the Premier League and must consider the option of selling players who are deemed redundant. The only trophy they won was the Community Shield on penalties against Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool last season.
The Gunners scored the second lowest number of goals in the top half of the Premier League table as they ended up behind any other team in England’s traditional “Big Six”.
Mikel Arteta will have to sell the no longer needed players at the Emirates Stadium before the start of the new season and make room for new faces in North London for Arsenal.
FootTheBall takes a look at 3 players to be sold before the 2021/22 season begins in England.
The Brazilian was one of Chelsea’s standout players before his contract with the Blues expired at the end of the 2019-20 season. Arsenal therefore acquired him for free, which was considered an absolute bargain price.
But the Brazilian has cut off in the Emirates since switching from blue to red in London. Willian scored just one goal in the Premier League throughout the 2020/21 season.
Of the 38 games that Arsenal played in the English premier league, he started only 16 games and sat on the bench for crucial games with Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea.
He will be 33 when the new Premier League season kicks off next month and has not been able to secure a spot on Mikel Arteta’s team. His contribution to the game of Arsenal has also been found to be insufficient in games against the other “Big Six” teams in the Premier League. Additionally, as a free agent signing, Willian reportedly has high wages at a time when the pandemic has devastated every club’s finances.
As a result, Arteta will have to sell Willian at the earliest possible time before the start of the new season in England in order to bring in new reinforcements or to give more playing time for the record signing of Nicolas Pepe and the exciting youngster Reiss Nelson on the right flank for Arsenal.
The Spaniard had a lot of potential and potential when he came to London from Barcelona to try his hand at the Premier League. But last season his performances for the Gunners were a bit lackluster.
Bellerin made a total of 25 appearances for Arsenal in the Premier League on the right flank behind Willian but his future performances have been utterly disappointing for a player of his caliber.
He only managed to score 1 goal for Arsenal in the Premier League despite providing 3 assists. But when you look at numbers like that, it feels like Bellerin underestimated Arsenal because of the trust the board has placed in him.
One thing that is still close to the heart of the Spaniard is that he is only 26 years old but he really has to move up if he is to prove that he is one of the best right-backs in the modern game.
Bellerin’s deputy Cedric Soares can also play as a left-back and has scored fewer goals than Bellerin in the Premier League in 15 appearances. With reports that Bellerin refused to sign a new contract in the Emirates, it looks more and more likely that it could be sold.
Arsenal could potentially get lucky if Bellerin decides to leave the north London club as many A-list clubs will be interested in signing him, including Italian champions Inter Milan.
CHANGE OF SCENES
The defensive midfielder was referred to as a young Schweinsteiger during his time in Switzerland with Basel. He has also been called the best footballer in the Swiss nation, ahead of Liverpool and Swiss team-mate Xherdan Shaqiri.
He came to London from Borussia Mönchengladbach in the summer of 2016 after Arsenal resigned from a possible transfer deal for N’Golo Kante. Over the years he has cemented his place in the starting XI but questions about his future at the Emirates Stadium remain.
Arsenal now have a fantastic trio of defensive midfielders – Thomas Partey, Lucas Torreira and Mohamed Elneny – who can easily cover or even replace Granit Xhaka as the deep-seated playmaker who pulls the strings in the middle of the park.
Meanwhile, Xhaka shone with Switzerland at the EM this summer as the Swiss reached the quarter-finals of the four-year tournament when he led them as captain of the group.
He achieved his outstanding performance in the round of 16 against world champions France, when Switzerland, led by an inspired Yann Sommer, ousted Didier Deschamps’ team from the Euro 2020.
In Switzerland’s duel with Les Bleus, he was rightly named player of the game. His relationship with Arsenal has always been up and down, however, with the low point when he was booed by his own club’s supporters. Although Xhaka has survived this period successfully, it always felt like Xhaka was fighting an uphill battle for recognition at Arsenal. Maybe he needs some fresh air to find inspiration again, as Jose Mourinho’s Roma are already showing strong interest. Hence, a move from Arsenal is seen as the perfect opportunity for both the Swiss and North London clubs to make a fresh start.