For the first time in 2-3 years, Arsenal fans thought that this summer we were almost certain not to lose our key players and then have to almost start from the beginning and build up our team once again, just before the season starts.
It’s known to all that in the last few years we have lost Van Persie, Fabregas, Nasri and Clichy. And then even before that Adebayor, Hleb and even King Henry. Now you may think now Adebayor wasn’t a great loss but at the time he was one of our better players and there’s a reason why Man City paid £25 million for the current Spurs man.
However now with Walcott signed on, Cazorla only recently joining and Wilshere being ever loyal to Arsenal, it looked as if this year we would see no major outgoings from the Arsenal team.
Oh how we were wrong, because interest is building in a lot of our players, 3 of which I strongly believe could leave. These three players are Vermaelen, Sagna and Gervinho. Now admittedly none of these players have the same importance as some of the names mentioned above, however the fact remains that they are an integral part of this current Arsenal team. In all honesty I don’t wish for any of them to leave because as we are in a strong financial position there is no need to sell these players and we can only really strengthen the team as long as we build on what we currently have.
Sagna is attracting interest from France with PSG and Spain in Malaga, whilst Vermaelen is being lined up by clubs across Europe. Gervinho could also be touted for a move back to France, with Marseille and Lyon interested in the Ivorian.
All three players haven’t had the best of seasons and it was a particular disappointment for Vermaelen and Sagna. Sagna has always been Arsenal’s Mr Consistent, but this year he seems to have lost a lot of his quality attributes that once made him the league’s best right back. Vermaelen too had a bad season and many believe it was as a result of his uptake of the captaincy but despite his performances he is still an important player in the squad and I feel it would be wrong to sell the Belgium international.
The final player is Gervinho who endured a better season than last but was still overall very poor. I simply don’t know my stance on Gervinho, although I feel it’s important we keep him, he also continues to figure on the pitch and so perhaps if an offer comes in we should look to sell. I have the same thought on Sagna, who with one year left on his contract and with the Frenchman not getting any younger, now is probably the best time to cash in if we are looking to sell within the next few years. What should Arsenal do with these three?