Despite not being in Europe this season, Arsenal opted to keep a fairly large squad for the 2021/2022 campaign.
With a number of high-profile first-team signings in the summer, it’s natural that a number of players are shunned to the sidelines and consequently forgotten about.
While some will have been loaned out in search of experience or first-team football, others have fallen down the pecking order and are out of the picture as they attempt to get their once-promising careers back on track.
This is true of these five players, who many may have forgotten are still contracted to the Emirates Stadium.
Osei-Tutu, aged 20 at the time, put in a wonderful performance in a friendly against West Ham before the weather halted the game early.
Injuries have seen his career stall somewhat and he is currently on loan with Nottingham Forest where he played two games in August before picking up a hamstring injury and has not played since.
Now 23, time is running out for the Hale End academy prospect especially with the signing of Takehiro Tomiyasu in the summer.
Runar Alex Runarsson
Signed in 2020, Runar Alex Runarsson made his Gunners debut in a 3-0 victory over Dundalk in the Europa League.
Mostly used in Europe that season, he even managed to see some Premier League action when Bernd Leno was sent off against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Though he didn’t concede, he was not played a game since for the Gunners, with Arteta opting to buy Aaron Ramsdale in the summer to challenge Leno.
Runarsson is currently on loan with Belgian side O-H Leuven, languishing near the bottom of the Belgian First Division.
William Saliba is an Arsenal player despite never playing for the first-team after joining for £25million in 2019.
Arteta has deemed him not ready for the challenges the Premier League offers and the signings of Ben White and Gabriel Magalhães this summer and last have seemingly blocked his path into the first-team.
Sent out on loan to gain the necessary experience to compete in England’s top-flight, Saliba has excelled and is currently doing so with French side Marseille.