Arsenal will have a clear-out of their players this summer as Arsene Wenger, who will sign a two year extension to stay at the Emirates, has admitted his squad is “heavy” and they need to jettison some players in the summer.
Newcastle picked up a bargain in signing Isaac Hayden for only £2.5M last summer and there may be a few good youngsters Rafa Benitez can pick up to help Arsene clear the decks .
27 year-old Kieran Gibbs available from Arsenal
One senior player we have been linked with at Arsenal is left back Kieran Gibbs who has had precious little playing time at the Gunners this season and was excluded from the FA Cup final squad last Saturday so his days at the north London club are definitely numbered.
Rafa needs to bring in a couple of full-backs this summer to challenge Paul Dummett at left back and American DeAndre Yedlin at right back, with Vurnon Anita about to be released at the end of next month when his contract runs out.
And it’s hard to see any future at Newcastle for Massadio Haidara, Achraf Lazaar and Jesus Gamez after the three of them rarely made the 18 man squad last season in the Championship and the Premier League is a much better league than the English second division.
The problem we have with Kieran is he seems to pick up a lot of injuries, although when fully fit the 10 times capped England International is a good left-back and he has plenty of experience in the Premier League which is what Rafa is looking for.
Paul Dummett had a good season last term, but he needs to be challenged for that position and we’re sure Rafa has full-backs lined up to come in and maybe even be the starters for next season in the Premier League.
We expect a massive turnaround of players this summer at Newcastle with lots of players being moved out and up to eight senior players being brought in.
Rafa wants the majority of the new players in at the start of pre-season – which is on Monday 3rd July – so that could be a challenge for Managing Director Lee Charnley and the manager.