Arsenal released their official list of released players and the stature of names listed reminds us that we now desperately need strengthening in terms of squad numbers.
Stephan Lichtsteiner, Petr Cech, Danny Welbeck, Aaron Ramsey, Cohen Bramall, Charlie Gilmour and Julio Pleguezuelo have all left the club.
Some of those names we have known of for some time, such as the more established players. Two of those names though, did at one point hold higher hopes of first-team impact.
Julio Pleguezuelo has been captain of the Under-23 team, and part of the Arsenal setup since 2013. The Spaniard has made just one appearance for the first team, but for quite some time, Pleguezuelo was touted for bigger things, and having come from Barcelona, he had the pedigree to match our high hopes.
Then there is Cohen Bramall. Signed from non-league Hednesford Town in 2017, Bramall was a left-back with reportedly unbelievable pace. It was this pace that prompted Arsene Wenger to bring him to Arsenal. Bramall never made his first team bow, but was involved in a first team capacity during pre-season for the campaign just passed and for a few months, Bramall was a very exciting prospect for the future.
Now, these players will be on the lookout for new clubs. Bramall spent last season on loan at Birmingham City, making 5 appearances, with Pleguezuelo having enjoyed loan spells at Real Mallorca and Racing Gimnastic prior to the defender being let go at Arsenal.
Charlie Gilmour was another where he had high hopes, but Gilmour is another who will be searching for a new footballing home. Add these to the bigger names looking for new pastures and it adds up to us making room for new players by having a spring clean, cleaning out those players who wished to leave or those that failed to extend their deals.
Our future is still bright regarding our youth products despite those being let go. We finished as runners up in the Under-23’s league last season and there were also names like Reiss Nelson and Emile Smith-Rowe showing us all what they are capable of.
So we bid these players farewell, and a brighter future for what they have learned at Arsenal.
Once a Gooner, Always a Gooner.