4 Arsenal Players Who Should Be Sold in the Summer
Now that Arsenal's tumultuous season is finally over, it's time to take stock and consider how to build next season's team.
This summer is a pivotal one for the club. They need to use their FA Cup triumph as a platform on which to build future success, and it will be quite difficult to do so this summer because of the significant turnover.
Though a few new faces will almost certainly be brought in, several more will have to go. Let's look at four players who Arsenal should sell this summer.
Vermaelen lifting the FA Cup trophy was a nice symbolic touch, but the fact remains that the club captain is wasting away on the bench during the prime of his career.
Though Vermaelen is 28 years old, the captain of the club and a more than capable center-back, he has been shut out by the immensely productive partnership of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker. As a result, he only played 14 Premier League games this past season.
There is no way that Vermaelen is content with his role, and it would be best for both parties if they parted ways.
When Ryo Miyaichi first joined Arsenal straight out of high school in Japan, expectations were fairly low. The youngster then lit up the Eredivisie with Feyenoord and began to attract "Japanese Messi" labels.
The reality is that Miyaichi is a very mediocre player. He just does not seem to have the physical strength to cope in the Premier League, and he has obviously not shown Arsene Wenger much on the training ground since he has been excluded from almost every matchday squad this season.
It does not look like there is a way into the first team for Miyaichi now.
No one can deny that Abou Diaby is one of the most dynamic and powerful midfielders in England when fully fit and firing.
However, he is so rarely in that state that it is no longer profitable for Arsenal to keep him. Diaby only played part of one game this season after rupturing his ACL in March 2013.
The problem for Arsenal might be finding a club that is willing to take on Diaby's baggage, despite his prodigious talent. He might just eventually have to leave on a free transfer and sign a pay-as-you-play deal.
Flamini did an admirable job this season in defensive midfield, but it might be time to upgrade to a truly elite option in that crucial position.
Arsenal currently have Mikel Arteta and Flamini to occupy the foot of the midfield. Each assumes the role a little differently. The former is more of a controlled distributor, while the latter aggressively flies into bone-crunching tackles without reservation.
Arsenal need one person to combine those two qualities if they want to have a truly balanced midfield. However, having three midfielders who play the same position is a bit redundant. Therefore, as the least skilled and the man preferred by Arsene Wenger less than Arteta, Flamini might get the axe.