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3 To Stay, 3 To Sell: What Arsenal Need To Do With 6 Transfer-Linked Men

Arsenal have spent their summer so far focusing on incoming transfer business but that’s likely to change in the coming weeks, with the Gunners seeing a wealth of interest in numerous players within their squad.

Arsene Wenger is very much determined to see any departures from the squad decided on his terms but interest from top sides from within the Premier League and from elsewhere in Europe may make things difficult for the Gunners.

Despite signing Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac, the success of Arsenal’s transfer window hinges on whether outgoing deals are also good for the Gunners, or whether they’ll be forced to take a few steps back following big losses.

Here, we’ve assessed the futures of six core members of Arsenal’s first-team squad and given a decisive verdict on whether the Gunners should keep them in North London or approve a sale.

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Stay: Olivier Giroud

The French striker’s future has been cast into doubt following Arsenal’s club-record signing of Alexandre Lacazette and the likes of Everton, Marseille and West Ham have been attributed with interest in the services of the 30-year-old.

However, despite the signing of Lacazette, Arsenal are still quite short of striking options and Olivier Giroud is a key part of their side- particularly as he presents a quality alternative for Arsene Wenger’s side, which will be crucial in Arsenal’s involvement in the Europa League next season.

Giroud showed his worth off the bench in the FA Cup final with a superb assist for Aaron Ramsey’s winning goal and his competition for football with compatriot Lacazette could bring the best out of both strikers.

Debate: Szczesny vs. Ospina – Is Wenger Right To Offload The Pole?

Goalkeeper changes are imminent in North London, with reports suggesting Wojciech Szczesny is closing in on a move to Roma- but is it the right call?

Arsenal’s purchase of Petr Cech from Premier League rivals Chelsea set a lot of things in motion. For starters, the Gunners had finally added a top-name between the sticks for the first-time since Jens Lehmann’s days in North London.

Perhaps more importantly though is what it means for outgoing business, as one of David Ospina or Wojciech Szczesny will be leaving the club this summer. Initially it was thought Ospina would make way, moving to Fenerbahce, but now Szczesny is heavily-linked with a move to Roma.

Whilst the links are unsurprising, the manner of the situation has raised some eyebrows. Since Cech’s arrival, Szczesny was considered to be the number two- whilst Ospina was seemingly out of the equation. Those assumptions seemed to be correct with the aforementioned Fenerbahce links- but suddenly, the situation has changed.

Szczesny v Ospina

Szczesny, a home-grown player at Arsenal, went on the pre-season tour to Singapore and was expected to feature in the Emirates Cup this weekend. Obviously, that’s now under scrutiny- but the question here is, have Arsenal made the right call?

It’s worth beginning with the fact that Szczesny is 25, whilst Ospina is slightly older at 26, but Szczesny has more Premier League experience. Despite a disappointing campaign for him last term in the league, the prior season he shared the Golden Glove with a certain Petr Cech.

Szczesny also knows the club better, having joined in 2009- making his Premier League debut in December 2010 and retaining the first-team jersey ever since. That’s five years Arsenal have stuck by him- is the sudden change harsh? Or has he had his chance?

Comparing the two players last season is quite simple enough, with Ospina having made one more Premier League appearance than the Pole. He kept eight clean sheets, conceded just 11 goals and made 35 saves altogether, all of which were superior to Szczesny’s efforts.

In fact, that’s better than Szczesny has done in the past three seasons. Whilst in 2013/14 and 2012/13 Szczesny made more appearances, had Ospina equalled the number of Premier League games it’s likely the Colombian still would have bettered his counter-part.

Szczesny v Ospina 2

The most damning stat for Szczesny is that in his last three seasons, he’s statistically conceded a goal for every two saves he makes- not the sort of commanding presence you want from a top-four goalkeeper.

Looking at the stats then, there is no evidence that Szczesny should remain at Arsenal ahead of Ospina, although to be fair to Arsenal’s long-serving stopper it is worth pointing out the defence he played behind in the two seasons prior to Ospina’s arrival was far weaker.

Still, he didn’t perform ahead of a talented defence last season and there’s every suggestion he wouldn’t be capable of doing better in the next campaign. Roma beckons- and it’s going to be difficult for any Arsenal fan to argue that it isn’t the right move.

Just expect an imminent statement from Szczesny’s father in the press slamming Arsenal’s treatment of his son. After all, it’s a trend Szczesny senior has stuck to ferociously.

‘How Does That Help!?’: Arsenal Fans React To Hilarious Criticism

A golden story has emerged connected to Arsenal today, as the father of under-fire goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has defended his son- and compared Per Mertesacker to a rhinoceros.

The Polish stopper has been subject to a vast amount of criticism in recent weeks following a double error in the defeat to Southampton, as Szczesny was at fault for both of the Saints goals. However, the player’s father believes the issue lies with his defence and not his son.

It’s the sort of thing you expect a crackpot like Diego Maradona to come out with, so we can now clash Szczesny’s Dad as a little bit odd. Still, the comments made for great reading and understandably set Twitter alight.

Arsenal fans aren’t too pleased though, as it’s difficult to see how this helps the defensive situation at the Gunners and could drive a wedge between the two team-mates.

‘Too Arrogant!’: Arsenal Fans Hit Out At Poor Goalkeeping Display

Arsenal fans have taken to social media to complain about goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny after his two mistakes led to a 2-0 defeat against Southampton on New Year’s Day.

The Gunners were punished for their errors that led to both goals, which Szczesny being at fault on each occasion, which infuriated Arsenal fans who were looking to kick-off the year in style. Instead, they were left red-faced and saw North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur leapfrog them later in the day.

Szczesny was this week’s scapegoat as his underperformance led to a poor result for Arsenal, which saw 2015 get off to a whimper. He’s set to miss out for the weekend clash with Hull City in the FA Cup- although this decision was likely to be made whatever the result

The more I see Szczesny drinking his water bottle, more it annoys me. Shouldn’t he be hitting the ground or holding his head in his hands?

— Bergkamp & Bergkamp (@Orangeiceman10) January 2, 2015