It is becoming almost customary for Arsenal to lose a big name every summer and 2013 seems to be ready to follow that rhetoric.
This summer it seems that Bacary Sagna is the likely departure as the Frenchman approaches the end of his current contract in 2014 and has previously spoke of his jealousy at watching former team-mates such as Samir Nasri, Cesc Fabregas and Gael Clichy lifting silverware while he sits twiddling his thumbs at The Emirates.
While the French international is obviously a very talented player a pocket of Arsenal fans may not be so sad to see him go. Since returning from his serious injury Sagna has looked some way off his best form at right-back; with his best performance since his return coming in the centre against Sunderland in February.
Carl Jenkinson came into the team against Bayern Munich in the week and was one of the star performers as Arsene Wenger’s side regained some pride with a 2-0 win at the Allianz. The young England international certainly looks the part and in time he will certainly become a fixture in the first-team with performances like that.
So maybe it is time to let Sagna go?
Many teams have been linked with his signature including Inter Milan but the likelihood is he will go to Paris Saint-Germain after being consistently linked with the team in recent weeks.
The Qatari ownership are keen to add more French talent to their side in order to endear themselves to the more centre-right Parisiens at the Parc de Princes and Sagna would certainly be an option.
But Arsenal should not let PSG get away with it that easily.
While Jenkinson is talented and Arsenal are reportedly after Daryl Janmaat of Feyenoord and Sebastien Corchia of Socaux they should simply ask Leonardo and co for one man in return for Sagna; Gregory Van Der Wiel.
The Dutch international was signed by PSG last summer but he has struggled all season to usurp Christophe Jallet from the first-team.
His stock has certainly fell in the past 18 months after his Ligue 1 struggles and a dismal performance at Euro 2012 (I was at the airport when the Dutch side got back and there was a crowd waiting to hurl abuse at GVDW) but he is still a very talented footballer.
At just 25-years-old the Dutch right-back would fit perfectly into the Arsenal team and if Wenger can release some of that earlier form and keep his notorious behavioural blips to a minimum he would be perfect at The Emirates.
PSG don’t want him as they want Sagna… it’s self-explanatory really isn’t it?
Would you like to see Gregory Van Der Wiel at The Emirates?