These Are The 5 Players Arsenal Need To Sell This Summer!

Arsenal are under a new era with Unai Emery at the helm and despite Arsene’s fond farewell it’s clear that the current squad just doesn’t cut the mustard. We have been in a slow decline since being guaranteed Champions League football to finishing 5th in the 2016/2017 season, and then finishing 6th in the last campaign.

One of Arsene’s greatest strengths is his unwavering belief in his players, but in a time of over-inflated wages, over-inflated egos and over-inflated social media, this approach is just not in keeping with the modern times.

When you had winners like Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, Tony Adams, Patrick Vieira, Gilberto Silva, Jens Lehmann, Martin Keown, Lee Dixon and Sol Campbell just to name a few, then this method works. But today, most footballers only care about how many followers they have on Twitter/Instagram/Facebook (delete as appropriate) over winning trophies. I say most footballers because there are still those (pick anyone from the Real Madrid team) who will do whatever it takes to win. Cough cough…. Ramos.

So here are the 5 players Arsenal must sell this summer if they want to make any progress:

Petr Cech

He once was a phenomenal goalkeeper. Once.

I saw a compilation of his best saves from the 2004/2005 season when he won the Premier League with Chelsea and honestly, some of the saves he made in that campaign were out of this world. You think David De Get is good now, Cech was better than him in his prime.

From 2005-2012 no-one could touch him and in those years at Chelsea we won 3 Premier League titles, 4 FA Cups, 2 League Cups and a Champions League. He still won titles after 2012 but for me that year was the start of his decline.

He’s 36 now and last season he made a number of big errors which cost us important goals. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a popular man in the dressing room, and by all accounts a very intelligent man from what I’ve heard, but he’s well past his best. We’ve been accused of being too sentimental but now’s the time to let him go. There are various options available to us, including ex-Arsenal goalkeeper Lukas Fabianski who looks like a more mature, convincing goalkeeper these days.

Perhaps he isn’t the answer but I’m sure our new Dream Team of Ivan, Sven and Raul have the expertise to find a good goalkeeper on the market.

Mesut Özil

This is a man who flatters to deceive, only plays well against the lesser teams and doesn’t put in a shift. That’s okay when you’re Real Madrid and you’re playing inferior teams week in week out (the exception being when you have to face Barcelona) but he’s at Arsenal. Strolling around the pitch isn’t good enough for a Premier League side looking to challenge for the league and can you imagine other players in his position walking in games like he does? Eden Hazard, Kevin de Bruyne, David Silva, Christian Eriksen and Riyad Mahrez are all creative players but they also all run their socks off for the team – and they don’t have a strop or moan to their teammates.

And the thing is we already have a much better replacement for him at the club – Henrikh Mkhitaryan. He tracks back, dribbles and has that final pass.

Mesut Özil has tripled his wages after holding the club over a barrel and yet he still doesn’t work hard. It’s one thing having talent but strolling isn’t an option in the Premier League. It’s fine when you’re playing international football where the game is a low slower (and that’s why he’s so revered by Joachim Low) but he’s not for us. Tell me how many Top Six teams he would get into? Exactly.

See what we can get for him and offload him as soon as possible.

Alex Iwobi

This is player who has been on the fringes but time and time again doesn’t perform to a high enough standard. He has some nice touches but hasn’t improved and doesn’t look like doing so – I was going to compare him to Theo Walcott but that would be unfair on Theo. Theo scored a lot of goals and for 2/3 seasons contributed a lot to Arsenal from the wing and up front. Alex Iwobi however hasn’t put in a series of consistently good games for Arsenal.

I’m not sure what he is, is he a winger, is he a forward? He doesn’t score goals and doesn’t make any assists so I’m not sure what he actually does?

Perhaps it was Arsene Wenger not being able to find his best position but from what I’ve seen it’s time to cut him loose while we can still get a half decent transfer fee for him (especially if he does well with Nigeria at the World Cup).

Shkodran Mustafi

But far and away the worse defender at the club. He constantly makes mistakes, has no idea where to position himself on the pitch, doesn’t know how to defend against offsides and worst of all blames everyone else for his errors.

He was close to leaving for Inter Milan a couple of summers ago but that fell through and we’ve been stuck with him ever since. He is just a terrible defender who shouldn’t be at the club. It’s like a football fan won a competition to be a professional footballer for the day but then people forgot and he’s just ended up staying around pretending to be a professional footballer.

Arsenal look much more solid with Koscielny, Holding, Chambers, Monreal and even the inexperienced Mavropanos at the back which says a lot.

And if we sell him this summer we could still get a few million quid.

Alexandre Lacazette

Make no mistake, this guy has been a flop this season.

The first half of the season was good but then after that he was awful. He still scored some goals but if you actually watched him he let us down when we needed him most.

He missed about 5 sitters against Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the Europa League semi-final at The Emirates and is a limited player. Why do you think Didier Deschamps left him out of the France squad? Don’t forget this is a French squad who are light upfront with the absence of Karim Benzema.

He is a one-dimensional player who can only finish. Aubameyang is the far superior forward who is far more intelligent with his movement but is also good at linking play and involving others, whereas Lacazette can’t do any of that.

He is a selfish player which doesn’t fit with the Arsenal away and I get the sense he’s over-confident even though he doesn’t score important goals. He had a decent first season but if he stays, trust me, he will be a flop.

Still young enough to command a decent transfer fee, so we should sell to the highest bidder.

If Supporters Criticise Unai Emery Within 2 Years, They’re Not Real Arsenal Fans

A lot has changed at Arsenal over the last few months and I’ve refrained from posting much in that time – mainly because I am still mourning the loss of Arsene Wenger. For the last 22 years he has been a true legend at the club and as strange as it sounds, has been a constant throughout my time growing up. His elegance, honesty, integrity, compassion and example are all things I have taken with me, and for that I am thankful.

Thank you, Arsene.

But now it’s a new era.

The Unai Emery era.

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We’ve already made our first signing, Swiss international Stephan Lichtsteiner from Juventus, continuing their pattern for signing players whose name I need to learn how to spell!

He’s 34 so not an Arsene Wenger type signing but that’s not a bad thing. He has a vast amount of experience, has a track record of winning things and will help the team on and off the pitch.

We are looking to add experienced players to the squad and I’m all for it. Unai Emery will have my complete backing for at least 2 seasons as he needs time to implement his ideas, enforce his tactics and put his stamp on our football club.

And anyone else who doesn’t give Emery at least 2 years before criticising isn’t a real Arsenal fan.

Do You Want To Cry? Then Watch This Arsene Wenger Video

As everyone pays tribute to what a great person and manager Arsene Wenger was and still is, I thought I’d share my all time favourite Arsene Wenger video, made by Vladislav Zimagulov.

For me, it perfectly sums up the great man, and how he brought some of the greatest experiences I’ve witnessed with the club I love so much.

And for that, I will always be grateful.

Thank you, Arsene.

The Arsenal Players Have Let Down Arsene Wenger Big Time!

I have started writing a post about Arsene Wenger’s departure from the club but that is still in progress and might take another day or two as I want to make sure it is fitting enough for a man who dedicated his life to the club and represents how I truly feel.

What I will say is that I can’t actually believe it has happened. Not finally happened, but happened. I fully expected him to fulfil his contract and be here next season – and then I thought he would possibly leave. But todays news is massive.

I’ll repeat what I put on Facebook and Twitter earlier today:

I can’t believe this has happened. I’ve supported Arsenal since 1988 so have only ever known two (great) Arsenal managers. It is a massive surprise this has happened now and I’m not going to say anything negative as he has done so much for the club. And I sincerely hope that’s how he will be remembered from now until the end of the season. All the best, boss.

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But The Guardian has posted an article on their website revealing that Arsene Wenger’s main motivation for announcing his departure today is because he thought there was a real threat that he might be sacked at the end of the season, so he ultimately decided that it was better to leave of his own accord rather than be pushed out the door.

And whose fault is that?

The players.

As Arsenal fans pay tribute to Arsene Wenger Day, celebrated with the hashtag #MerciArsene, it’s great to see fans, managers, former players and current players give loving messages to a man who wholly deserves them.

However, in all of this, the thing which is niggling me is the messages from current players.

Most of the current playing squad are paying tribute to a man they either don’t respect or don’t like, and are posting messages just for the likes.

It’s a disgrace and quite frankly all a big joke.

You profess your respect, admiration and love for a man who you couldn’t be arsed even trying for over the last 7 months? And you could say much longer for certain other players.

It just speaks of hypocrisy especially when you consider these messages are from people who have effectively got Arsene Wenger sacked.

Personally, it is an extremely sad day for me and I am really upset. Yes I knew this day would come but I’ve supported Arsenal since 1988 and only ever known two (great) managers. Arsene Wenger is a constant in an ever changing football world and he has dedicated his life to Arsenal.

It would always be a sad day when Arsene Wenger left the club and even though most of us thought it was about the right time, I don’t think any of us thought it would happen quite as soon as this.

All the best, boss.

#MerciArsene

Why Arsenal Might Be In Big Trouble After Signing Aubameyang

So yesterday marked the official confirmation of one of the worst kept secrets in transfer history, when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang arrived at Arsenal to join ex-Dortmund midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan at the club.

In terms of outgoings, we sadly saw Olivier Giroud move to Chelsea in a bittersweet move – he was “an Arsenal man” as Arsene put it and it’ll be strange to see him at Chelsea. I’m not convinced he’ll see more playing time their either than he did at Arsenal but we’ll wait and see.

So once the dust has settled the fact is this. We’ve got Alexandre Lacazette who cost in excess of £50 million and brought in similar player in Aubameyang, for slightly more.

So where is Arsene Wenger going to play them?

Added to the fact we have Mesut Özil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, we have an extremely lopsided team. And Arsene won’t change his philosophy and play 2 strikers will he?

If those four players are in the starting lineup then that only leaves 2 midfield spots – one which will go to Granit Xhaka who needs at least a couple of players next to him to carry the defensive burden and he won’t get that as he’ll be next to one of Jack Wilshere or Aaron Ramsey.

Has Arsene Wenger lost the plot?

And added to this, where is our Plan B now?

By getting rid of Olivier Giroud we have no Plan B, no alternative when Plan A doesn’t work. What are we supposed to do now if we can’t break a team down or we’re losing a match?

We can’t bring on our super sub now can we?

Spending money usually excites the fans, and with good reason, but this January window reeks of desperation and I’m not convinced things are going to get better before they get worse…