By Tony Attwood
So Jack is on the way out, after a long wait before confirming. He leaves in 10 days time.
He is said to have stated that he was leaving because, “playing time would be significantly reduced” under the club’s new manager, Unai Emery. Fit and at his best he was an utterly magnificent player, who I am sure every one of us who watched him, will remember always.
In his time at Arsenal he won the Youth Cup, the FA Cup twice (2014 and 2015), and the Community Shield. He won BBC Goal of the season two seasons running (2014 and 2015) and Arsenal player of the season in 2010/11. Here are the details
|Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
“I’m feeling fit, sharp and strong and will be working tirelessly to ensure I am in peak condition ahead of the new season. I’ll now be taking the time necessary to consider my options before deciding on the next stage of my career. I would like to place on record my respect for Mr Emery and my appreciation for his honesty and candour, and I wish him, the team and the club all the very best for the future.”
Jack also spoke warmly of Arsène Wenger and all the manager did for him, and gave tribute to “everyone at the academy for helping me to fulfil my dream and of course the fans, who I have always shared such a special relationship with.”
So moving on to Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen for apparently an initial €22m but perhaps with extras depending on success. This will then raise questions about Cech or Ospina or maybe both (see below).
Still outstanding is news on Lucas Torreira and Sokratis Papastathopoulos. Stephan Lichtsteiner has of course already signed.
Here is the list before any signings. I have highlighted Jack as leaving and five other players who I suspect will leave or go on loan.
|No||Player||Contract end||Last loan||HG|
|26||Joel Campbell||6/30/2018||Real Betis|
If my guesswork is right that is 27 listed, but five dropping out, making 22. With the incoming four of Torreira, Lichtsteiner, Sokratis, and Leno (if all four sign) we have 26 meaning one more player has to leave before we can contemplate any more purchasing, and after that it is one in one out.
We have five goal keepers listed above, and a number of promising under 21s as well as the incoming Lemo. So at the very least I would say two of those keepers have to go, either through being sold or through going on loan. It could be more as the tradition is that one of the four keepers in the squad is a youngster showing promise who is getting experience of being in the first team squad.
But let’s end with the statement from Arsenal.com on Jack. I thought it was rather well written…
For your love, for your commitment and fighting spirit, for THAT Norwich goal, for the FA Cups, for the 2013/14 goal of the season, for the 2014/15 goal of the season, for the 197 appearances, for the 17 years and for just being you… THANK YOU.
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