No one knows how teams are going to financially recover from COVID-19. As expiring contracts draw to an end and player value drops, Arsenal may look to capitalise on their ageing stars.
This article will look at the three players which Arsenal should cash in on and potential replacements to ensure a return to top-four football.
1. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
This one hurts, Auba is an incredible scorer, playmaker and leader. He provides flare, fun and most importantly, goals. Auba contributed 59 goals and assists in 75 games for Arsenal and won the golden boot in his first season.
He will be impossible to replace but, despite this, he will be 31 in June and there are reports of a desire to leave the club. His contract is up at the end of 2021 and, out of fear of seeing him walk for free, it may be time to cash in.
Jonathan David – Gent (£30,000,000)
The 20-year-old has impressed over the last year netting 18 goals and tallying 8 assists in 27 games in Belgium’s topflight. Despite him not being EPL conditioned, he could be a quality development project alongside Martinelli.
Moussa Dembélé – Lyon (£50,000,000)
Dembélé has proven he has the pace, strength and skill to keep up in the Premier League. He is a natural goal scorer with 16 goals in 27 games for Lyon and at only 23-years-old has outstanding potential.
2. Mesut Özil (£20,000,000)
Ozil has been a class player all his life but has never lived up to the consistent performances he displayed at Real Madrid. Despite being our most marketable player, Özil will be 32 this year and also has a 2021 expiring contract.
Jack Grealish – Aston Villa (£55,000,000)
Grealish, 24, has impressed this season tallying 7 goals and 6 assists in 26 games with Aston Villa. He has the tenacity and intensity of a box-to-box midfielder. However, being young, English and EPL conditioned he will not come cheap.
Christopher Nkunku – RB Leipzig (£45,000,000)
Now here’s a good project. The 22-year-old has been a revelation in the Bundesliga with 4 goals and a staggering 14 assists in 23 games. He provides swift build up play and is very technical with his feet.
3. Shkodran Mustafi/David Luiz (£10,000,000 / £6,000,000)
It’s the same old story, defence, we all know we need a change we don’t need to go through the reasons.
Dayot Upamecano – RB Leipzig (£45,000,000)
Upamecano is wanted the world over for his strength, commanding presence and defensive intuition. He would be a fantastic fit at Arsenal and RBLeipzigwould need to offload him this summer to avoid him walking at the end of 2021.
Layvin Kurzawa – PSG (Free)
Despite thinking Arsenal’s focus should be on central defenders, it would be ludicrous to pass on the 27-year old. He would provide much needed leadership and organisation at the back but what this means for Sead Kolašinac remains to be seen.
Arsenal will be in countless rumours come the transfer window with expiring contracts, ageing stars and Arteta’s plan for the future. One thing I’m sure remains common between us fans: I won’t believe it until he’s holding the shirt.
Header: Werner, 2016.