The transfer window is a hectic time for clubs and on occasion, even a revealing litmus test for the true desires and loyalties of certain players.
That being said, football is a business and everyone must examine situations with their best interests in mind.
Arsenal is a squad fighting many internal issues, with Arsene Wenger even admitting last week that half his squad wanted to leave over the summer.
With the high-profile departures of Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy and others, it is pivotal that Arsenal avoid another winter and summer of exits. They must work diligently to retain the services of their young and established stars, and avert the drastic clear out they just experienced.
Here are five players the Gunners MUST hold on to during the upcoming winter and next summer’s transfer windows.