It is no shock that Arsenal’s transfer plans have stalled, the media pinning it on the squads deadwood. Headlines consist of ‘Arsenal must sell before they buy’ and ‘Arsenal must trim the fat on their squad to bring in anymore players’. In any case the dead wood is proving hard to get rid of, the likes of Gibbs and Debuchy pricing themselves out of a move with hefty wages.
Gibbs signed his first professional contract with Arsenal almost exactly ten years ago, in September 2007. The now 27-year-old was deemed a first choice fullback after Clichy departed the club and fulfilled his role with confidence and composure. Calling a player who has made over 100 appearances for Arsenal and captained the club on several occasions ‘dead wood’ may be seen as insulting but he is certainly surplus to requirements at our current level. Watford were put off by a £16m price tag, West Brom unwilling to match his wages and now Galatasaray seem his last option. The arrival of Nacho Monreal and constant niggling injuries upset Gibbs’ rhythm but after ten years at first team level it looks likely that his time in North London is coming to an end.
Whether Debuchy would’ve lasted as our first choice right back is up for debate but there is no questioning how rotten the Frenchman’s luck has been. In September of his first season he was ruled out for three months following surgery on his ankle, a month after returning he was ruled out for another three months after dislocating his shoulder. The emergence of Hector Bellerin and the timely injuries suffered meant that he has only played thirteen Premier League games in red and white colours after signing for a rumoured £12m fee. Besiktas and Marseille have been linked with the now 32-year-old, a return to France looking likely for the man who spent the second half of the 2015/16 season on loan at Bordeaux.
Birmingham have just confirmed the loan signing of both Carl Jenkinson and youngster Cohen Bramall but a permanent departure has never looked on the cards. The boyhood Arsenal fan has only made 62 appearances despite signing six years ago. Multiple loan spells saw him make just three less appearances for West Ham than he has in North London, impressing in parts before injury struck yet again. Along with Gibbs, Jenkinson was a part of the now failed British Core, a project which seems to be coming to an end.
Whilst the previous three have outstayed their welcome many fans would argue that Perez wasn’t even given a chance, Arsenal’s hand not extended in friendship. The Spaniard played just 1038 minutes during last season, used mainly in domestic cup competitions. Fans will have fond memories of Perez despite opinions of him splitting down the middle. His superb volley against Bournemouth sparked a miraculous comeback, his hattrick against Basel in the Champions League helped us top the group whilst his performances in the early rounds of the FA Cup led us to lifting the trophy again. Deportivo and Everton have been interested but it seems the club wants to make back the money it spent on the forward just a year ago, his time in London short and not so sweet.
With the departures of Jenkinson, on loan, and Gabriel to Valencia the club will be hoping that more follow. If the media is to be believed the price tags have come down and the sale is about to begin.
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