Activities are ongoing in the transfer market. A lot of speculations are making the rounds.
Understandably, Arsenal FC intends to strengthen some areas of the team. This also means that some players need to leave. That said, there are players linked with a transfer away from the Emirates, who, in my opinion, form an integral part of the team. Below are the four players:
Hector Bellerin: The right full-back has been a mainstay in the Arsenal backline. Signed as a youngster from the famous Barcelona La Masia academy in 2012, the 25-year-old Spaniard is a transfer target for PSG. Bellerin has recently come under criticism due to his loss of form.
Nevertheless, it should be noted that he is picking up form after a long injury layout. His experience and mobility from the defense to attack are invaluable. Currently valued at 32 million pounds, the defender will be a good value for money when sold. On the other hand, he has more than that to offer Arsenal.
Ainsley Maitland Niles: The U20 world cup winner with England has been a versatile member of the Arsenal team. He plays in various positions: the middle of the pack, right and left full-back positions. Unarguably, he played a significant role in the two games that fetched Arsenal silverware recently. Against Chelsea and Liverpool, he was rock solid.
Meanwhile, the 23-year-old is currently undervalued in the transfer market. His current value stands at 14.5 million pounds. Consequently, letting him go at this moment is not in the best interest of the club, especially that his stock will rise next year given his current form. Wolverhampton Wanderers are courting him at the moment. Arsenal should resist the urge to sell their versatile Academy graduate for now.
Reiss Nelson: Here is another Academy graduate it seems Arsenal wants to sell or send out on loan. The 21-year-old joined Arsenal as a 9-year-old boy. He has developed his football tremendously with his loan stint at Hoffeinham. In Germany, Nelson is the third-youngest player to score five Bundesliga goals.
His recent performance suggests the youngster has come of age in football. A well-taken goal against Liverpool last season points to the fact the young man is ready. Sending him out on loan again or out-rightly selling him is not an option. He needs to continue his growth at the club. Moreover, it can be seen that he is ready to make contributions to the team.
Emiliano Martinez: With the injury sustained by Bernd Leno, Arsenal fans got the opportunity to see their second-choice goalkeeper in action. The Argentine did not disappoint them. He stood between the sticks in the FA Cup final and Community Shield Cups.
Martinez put up a series of saves and displays that attracted the interest of Aston Villa and a host of other clubs.
The 28-year-old Argentine has been at the club since 2012. Alongside Bellerin, they are the oldest serving members of the team. Currently valued at 8 million pounds, his stock will eventually rise if he is allowed to feature prominently in the current campaign.