Premier League outfit Arsenal has confirmed on their website that they will be offloading seven players in this summer transfer window. The stars that will bid farewell this summer are that are Stephan Lichtsteiner, Danny Welbeck, Aaron Ramsey, Petr Cech, Charlie Gilmour, Cohen Bramall, and Julio Pleguezuelo.
Welsh star Aaron Ramsey’s contract will expire on June 30th and the 27-year-old midfielder will be joining Serie A champions Juventus on a free transfer. Swiss right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner had quite a horrendous first season with Arsenal in defense and he too will exit the Emirates Stadium as the Premier League side is not willing to extend his contract by another season.
On Instagram, the 35-year-old former Juventus defender wrote an emotional message stating that he will leave the club, “Dear Gunners, We were close to adding an important chapter to this amazing club’s history. But to be close … is unfortunately not good enough. This is hard to accept. I’m very disappointed. It was our objective to bring Arsenal back on the highest international level and to win trophies. Both belong to this great club. I wish my teammates, my coach and his staff, all hard-working employees and all Gunner fans simply the best! I’m confident our team can complete our mission next season! I loved to be a part of this club. It was a great challenge and experience without a happy end, unfortunately. Thank you very much for your overwhelming support! It was much appreciated!”
Veteran shot-stopper Petr Cech announced earlier this season that he will hang up his boots and the 37-year-old will be joining Chelsea’s backroom staff as the West London club’s goalkeeping coach. English forward Danny Welbeck will also be leaving the club as confirmed by Arsenal, the 28-year-old arrived at Arsenal from Manchester United in 2014 and spent five years in the English capital. Welbeck’s Arsenal stint was often plagued with injuries and he was mainly utilized as an option off the bench on several occasions.
Cohen Bramall, Julio Pleguezuelo and 20-year-old Charlie Gilmour were also included on the list that contained the Arsenal players that were on the exit door at the club. A statement from the club read on their official club website thanked the players for their contributions over the years and wished them a farewell and best of luck for the future, “We thank them all for their contributions to the club and we wish them every future success.”
Arsenal really needed to act a bit more ruthlessly with their players because too many of them were comfortable at the club. Now with new changes and departures, the North London side can actually look towards building a strong foundation for the future.