3 players Arsenal should sell this summer & who should replace them

  • Arsenal expected for another summer overhaul
  • Gabriel Jesus & Thomas Partey among players that could be sold
  • Bruno Guimaraes is on the Gunners' radar
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OUT - Eddie Nketiah

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Eddie Nketiah’s Emirates debut was one to remember. The then 18-year-old came off the bench in the Carabao Cup to score within 15 seconds and level the tie against Norwich in the 85th minute. Nketiah then scored again in the 96th minute to win Arsenal the game.

However the striker has never quite hit the heights in his career that were once expected of him. The talent is still clearly there, as highlighted by his performance against Sheffield United earlier this season, but for whatever reason his Arsenal career has fizzled out.

For the sake of both his career and the club, a summer departure looks likely. Nketiah needs a consistent run of games to revive his career but he is not at the level where Arsenal can afford to give him that amount of time.

Nketiah has only managed five goals in the Premier League this season at an average of 0.42 goals per 90. It was rumoured that Arsenal set a £50m price tag on Nketiah in January. If the price is reached this summer, it would make a hefty addition to Arteta’s summer war chest.

IN - Ollie Watkins

Ollie Watkins
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This season, Arsenal have played largely with Kai Havertz operating as a hybrid between a centre-forward and a false nine. The German has adapted well to the role but it has left Arsenal with a lack of options at the top of the pitch.

The Gunners' actual strikers have often found themselves on the bench or sidelined through injury, meaning that Eddie Nketiah and Gabriel Jesus have only scored a combined nine goals in the Premier League.

It is clear that Arsenal need a complete rehaul in the centre-forward position and Ollie Watkins is the perfect candidate to take up the mantle. 

The Englishman has been in blistering form this season, having scored 19 and assisted 12 in 33 Premier League games so far. In fact, the Aston Villa forward has gone under the radar for some time.

Watkins has scored at least 10 league goals in every season since his time at Exeter City where he scored eight goals in 20 games in the 2015/16 season. It would take a lot of money to convince Aston Villa to sell their star striker, but this is definitely a deal that Arsenal should explore.

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