Despite no football being played for the best part of two months, you can bet your bottom dollar that there is plenty going on behind the scenes at Arsenal.
With so much undecided in regards with how to proceed with ending the season, it also means the transfer window may not transpire – but whether or not this summer will have a purchasing opportunity arise – Arsenal, Mikel Arteta, Raul Sanllehi and Edu will be harnessing the power of their laptops at home as they are no doubt in constant communication in a bid to help Arsenal clamber back up to where we belong.
What does this mean? Analysing weaknesses in the squad and the current availability of potential improvements – which will have no doubt been done to a certain extent – but what do we think will be the outcome?
Here are three likely outcomes
This may seem a little harsh on the Greek defender, who has hardly let the side down since joining, but when compared to his defensive compatriots, it doesn’t loo favourably for Papa. Firstly, Rob Holding and Calum Chambers are both younger and have plenty in the tank. Chambers especially, has shown this season he has the capacity and what we need and with a season or two behind him, Holding has the basics. Then there is Pablo Mari, who could be a cut-price recruit who can play out from the back – something Papa lacks. With Luiz one of our best players this season and Mustafi having a revival of the form that saw him as part of the German World Cup winning squad – Sokratis’s days at Arsenal could be numbered.
Back-up Plans For Auba
With still no extension signed, there will have to be contingencies lined up should our number 14 decide to move on. A decent fee will be a consolation, which could be pumped back into the transfer fund to sign the likes of Mauro Icardi – or someone as prolific, which is no mean feat.
Smith-Rowe To Play His Part
The youngster has had fleeting appearances for Arsenal and he looked the part, but a loan move was always on the cards. A spell with Championship side Huddersfield Town - cut short now thanks to the footballing hiatus – was going extremely well and even if the season doesn’t finish, he looks to have done enough to sandwich himself into Arteta’s reckoning. With Mesut Ozil’s future also potentially away from Arsenal, the playmaker role needs a new star maybe?
What do you think will happen when Arsenal does begin the next season?