2 injury prone players Arsenal must sell in summer transfer window

  • Arsenal have been hindered by key injury absences at crucial points in recent seasons
  • Gunners have once again been hard-hit by injuries this term
  • Time for club to move on from a pair of injury prone players this summer
Is it time for Arsenal to move on from Emile Smith Rowe?
Is it time for Arsenal to move on from Emile Smith Rowe? / MB Media/GettyImages

Availability is the best ability.

Mikel Arteta's project has come on leaps and bounds over the past two years, although squad depth woes have thus far put a ceiling on what the Gunners have been able to achieve.

Injuries have compromised Arteta's men at crucial points, and the Spaniard has already pointed out the limitations of his current squad ahead of the run-in.

Gooners will hope and pray for good health down the stretch this term as Arsenal go in search of the Premier League title and a deep Champions League run. However, there are several players the boss simply can't reply upon due to their availability woes.

Injuries have crippled these two over the past two years, and it's time for Arsenal to cut ties in the summer transfer window.

1. Thomas Partey

Thomas Partey, Antonee Robinson
Partey has barely featured for Arsenal this season / Sportsphoto/Allstar/GettyImages

Mikel Arteta recently provided a positive injury update on Partey, who could be back in action by the end of February. However, the midfielder was expected to return at the start of the month having spent a lengthy period out with a thigh injury.

Partey underwent surgery in the autumn and has missed 16 games this season. He's barely featured this term.

Supporters have long grown frustrated with the Ghanaian's injury woes, with Partey missing over 60 games since he joined the club! He's been an absolute liability and for all his talent, very few would argue that the time has arrived to part ways.

The Gunners can move forward with the superb Declan Rice at the base of midfield, with Partey destined for a Saudi Pro League venture.

2. Emile Smith Rowe

Emile Smith Rowe
Smith Rowe continues to endure injury setbacks / BSR Agency/GettyImages

While there has been some frustration, supporters have undoubtedly been more sympathetic towards the homegrown Smith Rowe compared to Partey in regards to their injury issues.

Smith Rowe was once the beacon of hope in north London, with his integration at the end of 2020 arguably saving Arteta's job.

However, the past two seasons have flown by without the crafty midfielder contributing. He was initially setback by a groin injury at the start of 2022/23 and has been dealing with nagging problems this term. A knee injury kept him out for a few weeks, and a rolled ankle kept him out of the emphatic battering of West Ham.

Smith Rowe's setbacks have arrived just when he's gathering momentum, and while I firmly believe the Englishman has a role to play in Arteta's project, Arsenal would be wise to consider offers this summer should interested parties manifest and ESR continues to struggle with absences.