With Arsenal feeling the financial pressures of the coronavirus, they may have to trade players in the summer transfer window. Here are four candidates who could be offloaded in a swap deal.
The coronavirus has brought many clubs to their knees. No games in three months in the Premier League, revenue all but reduced to nothing, and fans unlikely to be at games until the end of the 2020/21 season which will see a further drop in revenue even when games do return. Arsenal will survive, but they will be one of the hardest-hit major clubs due to the high proportion of their revenue coming from matchday sales. So, with the transfer market still set to take place in one form or another, the Gunners — and many other clubs around the world — may look to swap deals to bring new players to the club.
As a result, here are four current players who could be offloaded in a trade this summer.
4. Hector Bellerin
Hector Bellerin has not looked at his most comfortable since Mikel Arteta took over as head coach. The Spaniard is widely believed to be Arsenal’s future captain. He is popular among the dressing room, is the longest-serving player at the club having arrived in 2011 in Cesc Fabregas’ move to Barcelona, and Arteta likes him.
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And yet, Ainsley Maitland-Niles looked substantially more capable at the right-back position when played there. Arteta uses an inverted role that requires more technical ability in possession. The right-back has more responsibility in supplying passes to play out from the back, to provide cover against the counter-attack, but is not required to offer the same offensive output from out wide.
Bellerin does not really suit this role. He is at his best when he can burst down the flank on overlapping runs and get to the byline. Arteta, though, seemingly does not want this. It remains to be seen if this tactic will persist next season, especially upon the return of Kieran Tierney, a natural left-back in place of Bukayo Saka. But if it does, Arsenal could look to offload Bellerin.