4. Chop the deadwood
Arsenal have so far garnered less than £40m for the sales of Granit Xhaka, Matt Turner, Aaron Trusty and Pablo Mari, while Marquinhos and Alex Runarsson have been loaned out. There’s work to be done.
The likes of Nicolas Pepe and Nuno Tavares remain on the club’s books, as does Albert Sambi Lokonga, who’ll find it tough to earn any first-team minutes in north London this season. Rob Holding is another who could depart, as could Cedric, although I understand the Gunners being cautious over his exit given their lack of depth down the right-hand side of their defence.
While Lokonga is expected to leave on loan, Arsenal are struggling to find buyers for Pepe, Tavares, and Holding. Nottingham Forest have withdrawn their interest in Tavares, but there is reportedly interest in Pepe from Saudi Arabia. While some have called for Pepe’s reintegration, it’s clear that Arteta does not trust the Ivorian.
Arsenal have to let the former Lille winger depart this summer, even if it’s for a minute fee. Just get him off the books. The club can manage retaining Holding and Cedric, but Pepe is too big of a financial burden given his output. I wouldn’t be against another loan for Tavares, but a permanent sale would be ideal.