Not altogether my thoughts or squad,David Luiz could be good if he focused/tighten up a bit more?I wouldn’t sell Elneny,Pepe just never performed might as well spent £85 million on a hot dog vendor

Arsenal keep or sell: How Gunners squad could look in 2021/22 amid big-name exits

Mikel Arteta’s side have endured a season full of ups, downs and injuries – but how could their squad look when the summer transfer market reopens?

ByChris WheatleyArsenal correspondent

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(R) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates scoring the 2nd Arsenal goal with (L) Gabriel, (2ndL) Hector Bellerin and (2ndR) Bukayo Saka (Image: Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

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Arsenal continue to look forward after getting a large part of their much-needed business done in January.

Those deals mostly centred around players getting paid off or loaned out and the business this summer is expected take a similar route.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is key to Arsenal successhttps://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.441.0_en.html#goog_1554126992Play VideoTAP TO PLAYPIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG IS KEY TO ARSENAL SUCCESS

football.london understands the Gunners will look to sign a reserve left-back, whilst a young attacking talent is likely to be acquired with the futures of several players’ uncertain.

However, how many of the current squad should be kept on for the 201/22 campaign? We take a look at the squad dynamics going into another transfer window and assess which players should stay, be sold or loaned out.

Goalkeepers

Bernd Leno – Arsenal’s undisputed no.1 and an integral part of the team. – KEEP

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Mat Ryan – His contract expires with Brighton in the summer and it’s likely that Arsenal will sign him on a permanent deal. A good back-up option. – KEEP

Alex Runarsson – Hasn’t looked up to the required standard when he’s played so far and that situation seems unlikely to change. – SELL

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Mat Ryan made his debut for Arsenal in the defeat against Aston Villa. (Image: (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images))

Defenders

Hector Bellerin – A reliable outlet down the right hand side. His desire to return to Barcelona one day is well-known but at 25-years-old there’s plenty of time for that move to happen. – KEEPADVERTISEMENT

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Kieran Tierney – Arteta loves him and he’s a fans’ favourite already. Should be a mainstay at left-back for years to come. – KEEP

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Gabriel Magahales – After an impressive start to life in north London, the Brazilian has had moments of uncertainties over the past few weeks. The talent is clear for all to see and he will be the future of the Gunners’ defence. – KEEP

Rob Holding – Recently signed a new long-term contract extension after his improved performances at the heart of defence. Homegrown and one of the club’s longest-serving players. – KEEP

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Cedric Soares – A good utility player to have as he’s shown with his performances in an unorthodox left-back role recently. – KEEP

Calum Chambers – Returned from a long-term injury but is far down the pecking order and was available for a transfer in January. – SELL138339780121

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Pablo Mari – Another experienced centre back option who did well when he came into the squad in late December. – KEEP

David Luiz – Worth keeping if he’s offered a player-coach role but not if he blocks the other young centre backs coming through. – LET CONTRACT EXPIRE

Midfielders

Thomas Partey – Signed for a £45million but has struggled with injuries. The Ghanian midfielder will take centre stage next season. – KEEP

Granit Xhaka – There’s a reason three managers have stuck by the Swiss midfielder. He remains an important part of the team and leads by example. – KEEP

Granit Xhaka has taken on the mantle of Arsenal’s midfield lynchpin in recent games.

Dani Ceballos – The Spaniard has already spoken of his desire to return to Real Madrid so it seems unlikely he will extend his stay at Arsenal. – RETURN

Martin Odegaard – Another player out-of-favour at Madrid but could revitalise his career in north London. If his performances are up to the required level, Arsenal should look to extend the loan deal or sign him permanently. – KEEP

Mohamed Elneny – A utility player who gets few games and could command a decent transfer fee in the summer. – SELL

Emile Smith Rowe – Undoubtedly the breakthrough star of the season after coming into the team against Chelsea in December. A supreme talent. – KEEP

Forwards

Alexandre Lacazette – Coming into the peak of his career Arsenal have seen the best of Lacazette. The Frenchman will be sought after this summer and the Gunners should sell if the fee is at an acceptable level. – SELL

Willian – Arteta’s willingness to keep trying with the Brazilian is somewhat admirable, but clearly isn’t working. Arsenal should try to offload him in the summer. – SELL

Willian came on as a substitute for Arsenal against Leeds (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Respected by everyone at the club, Arsenal’s captain remains a vital part of the team and still an important player upfront. – KEEP

Nicolas Pepe – Finally showing what he can do. A player worth persisting for at least another season with as Arteta looks to get the best out of him. – KEEP

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Reiss Nelson – Has struggled with injuries and found his game time limited. If he accepts it another loan would be beneficial, but the player could feel otherwise. – LOAN

Eddie Nketiah – A good talent who needs games but unlikely to lead the line for Arsenal anytime soon. – SELL

Gabriel Martinelli – One of the most exciting players in the current squad. Continues to improve and his enthusiasm is infectious. – KEEP

Out on loan (selected players)

Lucas Torreira – Never adapted to English football and will probably head to Italy or Spain if a suitable offer comes in this summer. – SELL

Midfielder Lucas Torreira is wanted by French outfit AS Monaco. (Image: David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images).

Ainsley Maitland-Niles – Fallen down the pecking order again and Arsenal will almost certainly get a good fee for him. – SELL

Dinos Mavropanos – At 23-years-old the Greek centre back has drawn plaudits for his solid performances at Stuttgart. Can easily compete for a place in defence – KEEP

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William Saliba – Has shown with his performances at Nice that he’s ready to play for the first team. – KEEP

Joe Willock – A good squad player as he’s currently showing at Newcastle. Worth keeping around if he’s happy to be a bit-part player. – KEEP

Sead Kolasinac – Doesn’t have a future at Arsenal and the club will look to sell him this summer. – SELLhttps://www.facebook.com/v2.8/plugins/like.php?action=like&app_id=&channel=https%3A%2F%2Fstaticxx.facebook.com%2Fx%2Fconnect%2Fxd_arbiter%2F%3Fversion%3D46%23cb%3Df39ff229fe60bb%26domain%3Dwww.football.london%26origin%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Fwww.football.london%252Ff25b93b34d85f28%26relation%3Dparent.parent&container_width=0&href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FAFCFootballLondon&layout=button_count&locale=en_GB&sdk=joey&share=false&show_faces=false&size=large&width=300Follow @ArsenalFC_fl

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