Arsenal: 3 players for whom one more year is key

Arsenal, Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Arsenal, Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images) /
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Arsenal, Ainsley Maitland-Niles
Arsenal, Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images) /

Arsenal have several players to make decisions on this summer. Here are three players for whom one more year is key, and they deserve the patience to see what they can do.

Unlike in previous summers, Arsenal squad is actually rather large. Due to the development of several brilliant young players, they have depth and variety throughout the team. At almost every position on the pitch, they have strong reserve options. They still need to sign elite-level players, which at present they have two at best, but the more pressing needs this summer is to sell the right players and cut down the bloated finances. But that does not mean that every reserve player should be sold.

Here are three players who have been proposed as potential sale candidates who should be given one more year at the club before an ultimate decision on their future is made.

Arsenal, Calum Chambers
Arsenal, Calum Chambers (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images) /

3. Calum Chambers

Calum Chambers will miss the remainder of the season through injury. Rupturing his ACL in a late-December defeat to Chelsea came just at the wrong time for the young defender, who finally looked to set to be handed a run of starts at centre-back, something he has been waiting for since he arrived at Arsenal in 2014.

While Chambers has never come close to fulfilling his potential during that time, he has equally never really been given the chance to, either. And although it is unlikely that he will ever be the long-term defensive starter that Arsenal used to believe he would one day become, there is still value in him being a third or fourth-choice reserve at the position. And Chambers can certainly be that.

He will not be fit for the start of next season either and will likely be thrust to the sidelines until the winter months before he is truly match-fit. He will turn 26 next January, so this is a crucial period for him as he reaches his prime. Arsenal would be wise to see if he can properly recover from his injury before they make a decision on his future.