In previous years Arsenal were helpless to letting some of their big names head out of the exit door, but now it seems they have the ability to cope without.
Next on the list of Gunners considering their future is Kieran Gibbs, who after missing out on yet another place in the England squad is believed to be wanting out, according to The Sun.
In what was an emergency replacement almost four years ago when Gael Clichy left, Gibbs was seen as Wenger’s favourite in the left full-back position for many seasons.
However, the immense consistency of Nacho Monreal is making it difficult for the 26-year-old to hold down a regular place in the first team, as last seasons stats prove.
Gibbs made just three starts in the Premier League during the 2015/16 campaign, and was used as a substitute 16 times compared to the 12 starts he got in all competitions.
That certainly shows how he’s being treated under Wenger now and you have to say his main role is to act as cover for when/if Monreal picks up a knock.
And now it looks as if Gibbs is ready to look at his options if things don’t change between now and January, with Champions League football a real challenge now.
Gibbs was listed as a midfielder as Arsenal announced their official squad for the tournament, suggesting Wenger could opt to play five in defence with Gibbs acting as a wing-back.
Time will only tell how Gibbs gets on, but there’s not a lot he can do about the form of Monreal who was arguably one of Arsenal’s best players last season down to making the position his own.
On many occasions the England international has stated he’s willing to stay and fight for his place but with just 18 months left on his contract it might be time to reconsider.
Gibbs will be allowed to look at his options officially in that time, but for now he will want playing time and he’s not going to get it in the Premier League at this rate.