Several Arsenal fringe players could leave the club this summer.
Arsenal are reportedly considering a number of summer changes, with several players thought to be vulnerable to transfers away from the Emirates Stadium.
A report on Goal.com has suggested that several fringe players could be allowed to leave, as Arsene Wenger mulls over his squad options ahead of domestic and European assaults next season.
“The German (Lukas Podolski) is understood to be one of several players on the edge of the first team who could be allowed to leave the Emirates Stadium this summer but feels that he could still do even better in north London,” writes George Ankers.
The players in question are difficult to gauge but Wenger definitely needs to add in certain areas of the team.
Two positions which instantly come to mind are right-back and up front in attack.
Bacary Sagna’s likely move to Manchester City means Wenger needs cover at right-back, which could come in the form of Serge Aurier, and the need for another striker up front to support Olivier Giroud has been debated throughout the past year.
Wenger could opt to sign a left sided winger, which would then release Podolski to move forward into a striker’s role, or a right sided player, allowing Theo Walcott to move up front.
Thomas Vermaelen could be one of the players in question that Wenger could allow to leave.
The Belgian struggled to break up the partnership of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscileny last season, unable to step in and take his chances when they came about.
The skipper’s departure would create another position for Arsenal to fill because, despite Aurier’s versatility, there would be a clear gap in the squad in the centre of defence.
It may also be the case that the club is considering letting some central midfield players leave as that’s one of the best stocked areas of the current Arsenal side.
Wenger has an abundance of central midfielders, which saw Arsenal playing central players out wide last season.
Further midfield arrivals in the centre could trigger several departures, but we’re unlikely to know who could make way until after the World Cup, with Wenger previously commenting that in his experience, deals rarely get done before World Cup tournaments.
Arsenal need to make changes to get closer to the Premier League title next season but we won’t have an idea of the direction Wenger’s heading in until he starts wielding the exit axe.