Arsenal: 3 players to not sell… yet

Arsenal, Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Photo by Roland Krivec/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)
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Arsenal, Matteo Guendouzi
LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 23: Matteo Guendouzi of Arsenal runs with the ball during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Southampton FC at Emirates Stadium on November 23, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images) /

1. Matteo Guendouzi

In the same piece from The Athletic, which details how Arsenal can rebuild the squad under Mikel Arteta, Matteo Guendouzi’s name surfaces as a potential sale candidate. The Frenchman has been a disciplinary issue and could be offloaded for a high price with the Gunners keen to provide funds to invest in other positions.

In the same piece, Guendouzi is heralded as an entirely unique midfielder as a result of the statistics his performances have provided thanks to his superb ball carrying, progressive distribution, and high defensive work-rate, though that can sometimes be problematic, rather than helpful.

The Frenchman has slipped out of the starting XI since Arteta took over, but his talent is enormous. He has the potential to be the best central midfielder in the Premier League, as his individual displays versus Spurs, Aston Villa and Bournemouth this season prove. Selling that type of player rarely ends well.

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Guendouzi might need to mature a little. He might need to learn the position a little more, too. And Arteta will have to coach him hard. But his talent dictates that selling is a bad idea.