Who is likely to leave the Emirates as Arsenal prepare for busy summer?

As the manager and his staff step up their bid to bring players into Arsenal over the busy summer period, there will also necessarily be a thinning of the squad as the Gunners look to free up space and raise funds for new arrivals.

But who is likely to depart the Emirates as the manager faces arguably the most important summer of his career, having vowed to make a serious challenge for the Premier League title next season?

Here, we look at some of the players who could be moving on to pastures new as the Gunners seek to begin anew for 2017/18.

Matthieu Debuchy

There is no ‘ifs’ or ‘buts’ in this case, the Frenchman will be leaving Arsenal this summer.

It really is a case of what might have been for Debuchy, an experienced international right back, who never really had the chance to show his full potential at the club owing to a really lousy run of luck.

The misfortune of Debuchy opened the door for young Spaniard Hector Bellerin, and the latter has never looked back, a rise to prominence which saw the former relegated to the periphery of the squad.

Debuchy’s awful luck was summed up in a surprise run out at right back this season, in which, after a promising start, he injured a hamstring and had to come off.

Without doubt, he will be looking to put the nightmare of his time in North London behind him and move away in the summer.

Appearances: 22+1 Goals: 1

Carl Jenkinson

Despite some memorable moments in an Arsenal shirt over the years, it seems the manager simply does not have faith in Jenkinson’s ability to do the job at the highest level.

I don’t think there are any hard feelings or bad blood, it simply is one of those cases where a player just doesn’t quite cut the mustard. Carl isn’t the first and won’t be the last but he has been a credit to the club in every way. He hasn’t sulked, he hasn’t agitated for a move, and he hasn’t isolated himself from the rest of the squad. He has been professional throughout a difficult time for him professionally and I am sure he will have no trouble finding another Premier League club to move to, perhaps he will even return to West Ham, where he enjoyed a positive loan spell.

I think there is little doubting that Carl will be moved on this summer.

Appearances: 48+14 Goals: 1

Kieran Gibbs

While I am not quite so sure that Gibbs will depart for pastures new, I think it remains a distinct possibility, given rumours that Serbian left back Sead Kolasinac has already put pen to paper for the Gunners.

An England international, Kieran has always been a diligent performer for the club, but has failed, it seems, to make the transition from good to great and from national to international. The 27-year-old has been a fantastic servant of the club, however, appearing more than 220 times across all competitions since his debut in 2007. I have no idea if testimonials are still a thing, but I think, some day, Kieran will deserve one, given the length and quality of service he has given the club over the years.

There remains a chance that he may stay and assume a role as a back-up squad member, but I doubt it. I think he also could easily secure Premier League football elsewhere.

Appearances: 183+47 Goals: 6

David Ospina

I am sure the Columbian would have hoped to have forced his way into the first team by now, but Arsene has preferred to stick with Petr Cech for the majority of the season.

That is not to say that Ospina, 29, is lacking in ability, indeed, he has produced some quite excellent performances throughout the season – his effort against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League was the stuff of club legend.

But the manager has preferred to use him in cup competition, while sticking with Cech in the Premier League and, clearly, it is not a situation that Ospina is happy with at this stage of his career. Rumours abound of a summer move to Turkey but I believe he is better than that and could hold his own in any European league side. A summer move seems very likely.

Appearances: 48+2

Wojciech Szczęsny

The 27-year-old Pole has spent the last two seasons on loan at Serie A side Roma and has enjoyed regular first-team football.

With Petr Cech seemingly destined to remain as number one next season, and with Emiliano Martinex highly thought of at the club, it seems if Szczesny did return to north London, it wouldn’t necessarily be as first choice.

I don’t think that is a situation he would settle for, and I don’t think it is in the club’s interest to keep him on the bench, given that he has proven himself to be quite vocal in times gone by.

He remains popular with the fans, though, and was brought into the club from a young age, so it would be a shame to see him go, but if we can fetch a good price for him, and given Martinez a chance to step up next season, it might be the time to say goodbye. It is not certain, but it remains decidedly possible.

Appearances: 181

Lucas Perez

Many fans questioned whether Arsene was really convinced when he decided to move for Perez last summer, and it would seem that perhaps he was not.

Jamie Vardy was undoubtedly the Gunners’ first choice but, when that failed to materialise, that plumped instead for the Deportivo front man, with a whiff of ‘the next best thing’ about the signing.

That said, when the Spaniard has played, he has been excellent. He is always busy, always hungry, and is clearly capable of getting on the scoresheet. In fact, next to Lucas Podolski and Robin Van Persie, he has been one of the best strikers of the ball I have ever seen at the club.

He has cut a frustrated figure of late, however, and his agent hasn’t been shy about his client’s frustration with a lack of playing time. To that end, and given his advancing years, I suspect he will seek a move back to Spain in the summer, unless Arsene can convince him that greater opportunity awaits next year.

Appearances: 9+ 12 Goals: 7

Yaya Sanogo

One of the great mysteries of modern football, Yaya came, saw, and left again.

His career has been one of fleeting moments – Champions League starts against Bayern Munich, hat-tricks for Charlton, and FA Cup final cameos – but it has never really sparked into life in the way many expected.

Clearly, the manager believes there is something about the 24-year-old but is simply hasn’t shown itself in any consistent way since he made his debut in 2013. Frankly, by now, it should have done, or at least something resembling it.

Whether he will be given one more try next season, perhaps with another loan, remains to be seen but it really could be curtains for Yaya.

Full of fun and something of a cult hero, I think a lot of people want it to work for the young Frenchman, but are equally as confused as to what exactly he brings to the table.

Appearances: 9+11 Goals: 1

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