By Arron Evans

With the exertions of playing both domestically and in the Champions League, Arsenal have been forced to build strength in depth over recent years and added to their squad over the summer.

However, the new faces have pushed a number of existing players further down the pecking order, with little opportunity for these men to feature regularly at the Emirates Stadium.

As such, here are Arsenal’s three players who probably should have left over the summer.

Kieran Gibbs

Gibbs is by no means a bad player; in fact he’s probably one of the best second-choice left backs in the Premier League today.

However, he should have left Arsenal over the summer as he could easily be getting first-team football at another club.

Gibbs has more often than not played second fiddle to others; to Gael Clichy when he was at the club, then to Andre Santos of all people and now to Nacho Monreal.

The England international has even being deployed as a winger when he’s been bought on by Arsene Wenger in recent matches.

It is bound to be frustrating for Gibbs, who has spent his whole career at the club and is now 27; as such a move away from the Emirates in the not so distant future would not be a surprise.

Mathieu Debuchy

The French right-back had been tipped to be a decent signing for the club after being bought from Newcastle United in the summer of 2014 following an impressive season with the Magpies.

However, his persistent injury problems and less-than-friendly attitude towards team-mates and staff alike saw Debuchy loaned out to Bordeaux as Arsenal fans began to forget about his existence.

He returned over the summer to find that Spanish youngster Hector Bellerin has now well-and-truly cemented his place in the Gunners starting line-up and knew that it would be tough for him to get back in to that starting XI.

With another right back, Carl Jenkinson, returning from a loan spell at West Ham it means that the Frenchman now faces even more stern competition for that position in defence.

The axe is chasing him and it won’t be long before we see Debuchy pushed out of the door at Arsenal.

Joel Campbell

It is hard to imagine why Joel Campbell has been loaned out to Sporting Lisbon for a season, as the Costa Rican was highly impressive for Arsenal last season and looked like he was rearing to go in pre-season.

The versatile winger certainly looked livelier than Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, but yet it was Campbell who was forced to go out on loan.

Incredibly, his move to Portugal is the fifth time he’s been farmed out since joining Arsenal in 2011, having been sent out to Lorient, Real Betis, Olympiacos and Villarreal.

It’s clear to see that if Campbell is to fulfil his dream of playing regular first-team football then a permanent move away from the Gunners seems to be his best option.

Wenger has stated that he could play an important role in the future, but now at 24 years old and being good enough to start for many Premier League clubs, he should be a starting XI player week in, week out.

Don’t be surprised to see the sprightly winger making a permanent move next summer as his chances of competing with the likes of Alexis Sanchez and the newly introduced Alex Iwobi for a starting place out wide at Arsenal are highly unlikely.


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