Arsenal are set to have one of the biggest transfer windows in the clubs history this summer with many players coming through the door, and current players leaving.
According to a recent report by Football London, three Arsenal first-team players are set to leave on a permanent basis ahead of next season.
Auston Trusty enjoyed a successful loan spell at Birmingham City in his first season in England. The American international joined the Gunners in January 2022 and immediately went out on loan for the remainder of the season. The 24-year-old was voted Birmingham City’s player of the season for the 2022/23 campaign after a number of outstanding displays with the Gunners now ready to cash in on the defender this summer.
Trusty is yet to play a game for Arsenal despite expressing his desire to play in the Premier League and it looks like he’s going to have to wait a little longer for that opportunity, with Rangers the club most interested in signing the American this summer.
Trusty to Birmingham Live last month: “As a player you want to play with the best, wherever that is. Right now the Premier League is probably the best league in the world so that is obviously the goal for myself and my future.”
Auston Trusty is expected to be followed out the exit door by two more Arsenal loanees this summer, in Folarin Balogun and Nicolas Pepe. Both have enjoyed successful loan spells in France throughout the 2022/23 campaign.
Folarin Balogun has been the most impressive, with the 21-year-old scoring 21 times for Stade De Reims in Ligue One this season. The American striker outscored the likes of Neymar and Lionel Messi – that’s how good the Arsenal loanee has been in France & that’s why the player is so keen to keep playing first-team football next season.
Arsenal cannot guarantee Folarin Balogun first-team minutes next season with Gabriel and Eddie Nketiah currently ahead of him in the pecking order, so it appears the most likely outcome will be for the striker to leave North London this summer. However Arsenal won’t let him go unless their valuation of the player is met and the Gunners reportedly value Folarin Balogun at around £40million.
AC Milan, Inter Milan and RB Leipzig are just three of many clubs interested in signing Folarin Balogun this summer.
Meanwhile, Nicolas Pepe is also heading for the exit door this summer as he’s no longer a part of Mikel Arteta’s plan ahead of next season. The Gunners signed Pepe under Unai Emery for a record transfer of £72million however, with one-year left on his contract, the transfer hasn’t worked out how both parties would have liked and it’s set to come to an end this month.
Arsenal seem to have learnt from past mistakes as they have used the loan market in a smart way this season by ensuring they maintain/increase the value of some of their unwanted players. The Gunners have been criticised in the past for letting players go too cheaply, or for nothing, however that seems to be changing with Arsenal set to demand high fees for the players they’re ready to let go of this summer.