With the beginning of pre-season on the horizon, the summer transfer window is now in full swing. However, Arsenal themselves have not been a hive of activity. So with the board seemingly incapable of carrying out the very tasks for which they are paid to complete, yours truly James Kennedy will be filling in and delivering the hypothetical verdict on who Unai Emery should be keeping, and who he should be selling this summer.
BERND LENO - KEEP
In my eyes, Arsenal's signing of the season last year. A top-class keeper who isn't even in his prime yet. For the first time in 15 years, Arsenal haven't had to worry about the man between the sticks, and that should continue for years to come.
EMILIANO MARTINEZ - KEEP
Established himself as one of the Championship's best goalkeepers during a hugely successful loan spell at Reading last campaign, and with Cech and Ospina gone, he is the obvious candidate to play second fiddle to Bernd Leno.
HECTOR BELLERIN - KEEP
One of the main benefactors of Unai Emery's time at Arsenal, Bellerin had looked somewhat back to his brilliant best before an ACL injury cut his fine season short. His return date is still uncertain, but any aims Arsenal have for next campaign will hinge on a speedy recovery for the man integral to Emery's tactical vision.
CARL JENKINSON - SELL
Oh Carl. The man bleeds Arsenal red, but unfortunately, his stellar performances on the official YouTube channel aren't sufficient to make up for the sub-standard ones on the football pitch.
AINSLEY MAITLAND-NILES - KEEP
Extremely talented and versatile, but I'm not convinced Emery has worked out Maitland-Niles' best position yet. The orthodox view is that it is in central midfield, so hopefully, the Hale End graduate is afforded the opportunity to play in the middle of the park next season.
ROB HOLDING - KEEP
Another young defender who's promising start to last season was cut all too short by injury. Came on leaps and bounds last season and could be regarded as the best centre-back at the club at the age of just 23.
SHKODRAN MUSTAFI - SELL
If Arsenal are serious about getting back into the Champions League then Mustafi has to leave the club this summer. Last season was his most comical and damaging to date, and the Gunners cannot afford another season like it.
LAURENT KOSCIELNY - KEEP
Rumours have been swirling of late, that a return to France could be on the cards for our club captain, but assumptions that the defender is finished at the Premier League level would be premature. Admittedly, Koscielny is not the player he once was, but his form last season was encouraging given his lengthy injury lay-off, and he could yet play an important role in nurturing Rob Holding and other potential young-centre backs into more prominent first-team roles.
SOKRATIS - KEEP
When Arsenal's defensive frailties became all too apparent at the business end of last season, so did the Greek defender's weaknesses, but this should not diminish from the fact that he was Arsenal's best defender for large parts of the season. His commanding nature and leadership are invaluable.
CALUM CHAMBERS - SELL
A successful loan spell at Fulham has created more questions than answers. He was very impressive at defensive midfield, but is that where his long term future lies? Now comfortable in three positions, his versatility could prove useful at Arsenal, but perhaps now would prove a good time to cash in on the 24-year-old.
KONSTANTINOS MAVROPANOS - LOAN
The Greek defender had a difficult time of it last season. Plagued by injury and abysmal when played, fans would be forgiven for forgetting that Mavropanos enjoyed a stellar first few months at the club. One of Sven Mislintat's diamonds, he still has immense potential, but a loan to a top Championship club would do him good for the meantime.
NACHO MONREAL - KEEP
Mr. ol' reliable suffered a rare up and down season last campaign, but Monreal is still more than capable at this level and is as passionate as any player at the club.
SEAD KOLASINAC - SELL
Kolasinac is such a difficult player to gauge. At wing-back, he is a constant threat, while in a back-four he is a total liability. Barcelona are apparently sniffing around, and Arsenal could do worse than to reinvest any funds from the Bosnian's sale into a natural left back who can actually defend.
GRANIT XHAKA - KEEP
My verdict of 'keep' is based on Xhaka coming off the back of his best season yet at Arsenal. Saying that, the Swiss international has consistently struggled with the pace of the Premier League, and should an offer of £40m or more arrive for the midfielder, it would be foolish to turn that kind of money down.
LUCAS TORREIRA - KEEP
A great signing from Sampdoria last season, the Uruguayan added much-needed steel to a notoriously soft-centred Arsenal midfield. He appeared to struggle for fitness at times last season, but with age and experience, that should improve.
MATTEO GUENDOUZI - KEEP
Was an absolute revelation last season. Plucked from lowly Ligue 2 side Lorient, Guendouzi played 48 games for the Gunners last season and handled being dropped into the deep end with aplomb. Showed naivety and lapses of concentration as the season progressed, but the Frenchman still stands as one of the finest prospects at the club.
MOHAMED ELNENY - SELL
Elneny suffered his poorest season to date, last campaign. He looked predictable and sedated when played, and such was used sparingly by Emery. Tidy yes, but ultimately lacks the dynamism to play at the highest level.
JOE WILLOCK - KEEP
Of all the young players at Arsenal, Willock can feel most hard done by, by his limited playing time last season. However, with his mentor Freddie Ljungberg becoming assistant manager for next season, and the youngster shaping up to be a ready-made Aaron Ramsey replacement, the coming season could be a breakout one for Joe.
HENRIKH MKHITARYAN - SELL
Flashes of the player that won Player of the Year at Dortmund, have been all too infrequent. His acquisition in the Alexis Sanchez trade was proven worthwhile only because of his supposed role in tapping up Aubameyang, not because of anything he has produced on the football pitch.
ALEX IWOBI - KEEP
A player who divides opinion like no other. I for one, hold the belief that Iwobi holds immense potential. Not only that, but last season was the best of his career to date. He is the best dribbler at the club, his directness is unmatched, and his passing extremely underrated. In front of goal, he appears to suffer from PTSD, but his goal in the Europa League final showed that his poor finishing is not down to a lack of talent, but rather a lack of confidence. Perhaps a season in which the Emirates faithful back him to the hilt, will help to unmask a top-class player.
MESUT OZIL - SELL
Controversial I know. Please believe me when I say that I love Ozil. He has featured on the back of nearly all my Arsenal shirts since he arrived at the club, and I continue to maintain that he is one of the best No. 10's in the world. But Emery's system is not built for the German, and as a result, he suffers. Furthermore, when your highest paid player is so unpredictable in regards to form and fitness, it becomes difficult to justify his £350k a week wages.
BUKAYO SAKA - LOAN
There is a consensus among many at the club, that Bukayo Saka is the most promising talent we've got. Indeed his senior team performances last campaign did nothing to suggest otherwise, but regular first team chances are now needed. A Championship loan will do him good.
PIERRE EMERICK-AUBAMEYANG - KEEP
31 goals. That's right an Arsenal player scored 31 goals in a season, and guess what, I'm not convinced Aubameyang even had a great season last campaign. He was wasteful a lot of the time and still managed to accumulate 31 goals. Oh, and did I mention that he did all that without an actual winger?! A testament to his movement, anticipation and sixth sense in and around the box.
ALEXANDER LACAZETTE - KEEP
If you thought my Aubameyang decision was straight forward, well this was even simpler. The Frenchman is clinical in front of goal, has an eye for a pass, possesses remarkable hold-up play given his stature, and is now one of the most complete strikers in world football.
EDDIE NKETIAH - LOAN
Many Arsenal fans seem to think that Nketiah is the perfect candidate, to play backup to Lacazette and Aubameyang for this coming season. And while I don't doubt that he possesses the quality to be useful in that role, Nketiah's future isn't as a third choice striker. Another season on the bench will only hinder his development, so at this critical juncture, consistent game time is needed.
By James Kennedy (@JamesKennedyTV)