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Re: Pre-season underway
Posted by: MattySadler
Date: 26/07/2017 20:55
We are now much closer to the start of the season than when you began this thread; at this point, how would you project the composition of our senior squad?
Anticipated departures?
Anticipated additions? Mahrez? Carvalho?
Anticipated youth making the first team?
Anticipated loanees?

Tough to say on departures. By the sounds of things there has been interest in Gibbs (West Brom, Watford, Newcastle), Wilshere (Sampdoria, Antalyaspor, West Ham), Jenkinson (Brighton, Swansea) and Lucas (Deportivo), but Wenger said recently that whilst talks are ongoing, nothing is close. Apparently Nice were in for Debuchy but were put off by his wage demands. Not heard anything about Akpom yet but I'd expect him to go to a Championship side.

Who else we sign is anybody's guess. We just keep hearing the same contradictory rumours over and over again, which probably means little is happening. Regardless, I don't expect we'll strengthen the positions I feel need strengthening. I wouldn't be at all surprised if that is it for incomings.

Maitland-Niles is set to be promoted to the first team squad, while Bielik remains on the fringes. I expect Nelson will make the breakthrough sooner rather than later. Otherwise it is tough to say. There are a few players in the youth set up I quite like but breaking through won't be easy.

Bielik is a candidate to go out on loan, he needs regular games. Ditto Reine-Adelaide.

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