Vieira. Henry. Fabregas. Adebayor. Van Persie. Sanchez.
Given Arsenal’s history of high-profile sales in the last 17 years, it’s understandable that the fanbase gets twitchy when key players start getting linked with big name rivals, both here and on the continent.
Just before he picked up his season-ending injury, Kieran Tierney was linked with Real Madrid and in the last couple of weeks, Barcelona and Juventus have been touted as suitors for fellow defender Gabriel Magalhaes.
With Bukayo Saka set to enter the final two years of his deal at Emirates Stadium, it’s said domestic rivals are also keeping a close eye on his circumstances.
Like we said, it makes you twitchy.
Having committed his own future to the club, Mikel Arteta maintains that his focus is very much on improving his young squad not breaking it up.
Speaking ahead of Sunday’s match with Leeds United, he said: “What we want to do is improve the team, the squad. Obviously, we know there’s not one player who doesn’t have a margin to improve or evolve in this way of playing or his career.
“We want to retain our best players, for sure and we want to add into that, more quality and depth to be competitive.”
While Arteta pointed out that clubs can’t always stand in the way of players switching allegiances, he made clear that they can work on controlling the timing.
“What we have to be is really prepared for when we need to do that and why we’re going to do that,” he said.
“We can control those timings and we can have the decision-making on when is the right timing to do it and be prepared for that.
“Sometimes it’s inevitable [that you sell players] because you cannot offer the same competition level as they’ve been offered or you think it’s the right moment to make a move.
“In principle, we want to maintain our best players and keep them and get better.”