Keep or sell? Verdict on every player in the Arsenal squad, with big decisions needed on Ozil and Iwobi

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Lucas Torreira – KEEP

An obvious one, with Lucas Torreira enjoying a fine first season in north London and looking like becoming a key player for the club for years to come.

Stephan Lichtsteiner – RELEASE

A pretty desperate signing, and his performances have simply not been good enough. Signed a one-year contract, and that’s more than enough.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – KEEP

A superb poacher who’s in with a shot of the Golden Boot this season. Selling is simply not an option.

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in action for Arsenal

Ainsley Maitland-Niles – KEEP

Not the finished product yet by any means, but Ainsley Maitland-Niles has shown a lot of promise this season and should be kept around for a bit longer to see how he develops. At worst, a loan move might be worth considering, but that depends on who comes in.

Rob Holding – KEEP

Injuries have held Rob Holding back for much of his Arsenal career, but he should definitely be kept around to see if he can improve and contribute more next season.

Alex Iwobi – SELL

This might not be a popular choice, but Alex Iwobi has had more than enough chances now to show what he can do, having been a first-team regular since all the way back in 2015/16. Despite some early promise, it’s debatable if he’s really improved since then, and we’d certainly try to get a decent fee for him now and make new signings in attack, or promote youngsters like Reiss Nelson and Emile Smith Rowe to get in ahead of him.

Nacho Monreal – KEEP

An important, experienced defender, Nacho Monreal has often been linked with a return to Spain, but he should be kept around if he wants to stay.

Bernd Leno – KEEP

A solid first season from goalkeeper Bernd Leno, who will hope to improve next season but deserves the chance to show he can.

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