With no Arsenal, the rumors we normally consign to the rubbish bin are scrutinised in a vain attempt to glean any information at all.

This transfer window is also exacerbated by the World Cup, and there have been a huge amount of hearsay and whispers surrounding the ins and outs of our club.

Another rumour reared its head yesterday, and it surrounded our young Nigerian, Alex iwobi.

Iwobi was roundly criticised for his second season last campaign, his decision making and wasteful final balls saw him receive a fair amount of heat from fans. His stats last campaign held up well in comparison to similar players, but in terms of fan opinion - perhaps a little unfairly - the jury is out.

The latest rumour sees Unai Emery share this conclusion. The story is that Iwobi is not part of Emery’s plans, and his market value of around 23m could well be used to add to a thin transfer budget.


In comparison, Iwobi registered 3 goals and 5 assists last term, whilst flitting in and out of the side. Marco Asensio however - one of the leading lights of this young generation - bagged 6 goals and 6 assists.

The main reason Iwobi’s future is under the microscope is due to the return of Lucas Perez. It is a possibility that Perez could be given a chance this season after being frozen out under Wenger’s leadership - and that means less of a chance to play for Iwobi.

With Aubameyang, Ozil, Lacazette, Perez, Mkhitaryan and Ramsey vying for attacking spots, Iwobi’s playing time could be vastly reduced. Emery’s hiring could provide the blank slate that both Perez and Iwobi need to prosper, or alternatively it could see one or both head for the exit door in a bid to play first team football.

Emery will have the squad to focus on winning a fourth Europa League, and if this is the case then a decent squad will be mandatory. It could also give Iwobi the platform he needs to force himself into Emery’s plans, should he be at the back of the queue.

One thing is for sure - there will be departures. Whether it be Iwobi, Perez, Mustafi or Ospina, keep your eyes peeled on The Arsenal Review.