Three Players Who Must Leave In The Summer

Following the embarrassing 3-0 defeat to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, Arsenal’s Premier League season appears to be over. A top-four finish is beyond us; it was the final nail in the coffin.

Yes, there are a number of games left in the Premier League this season and Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United have not been exactly consistent. However, it is unlikely that all three of them will drop points regularly between now and the end of the campaign.

Frustrated, there have been protests against manager Arsene Wenger with some players also targeted; supporters are demanding change. Wenger is one of the great football managers but it is time for the Frenchman to step down.

The current squad also needs major surgery. While Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez remain hugely important to the team’s success in the long run, there are some players who are simply not good enough. If we want to challenge for the Premier League and Champions League, below are three players that the club need to move on this summer.

Per Mertesacker

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Per Mertesacker has played over 150 matches for Arsenal and is a World Cup winner with Germany. He is also a decidedly average centre-back. At 32, the Mertesacker is past his prime and slower than ever.

At times, the former Werder Bremen defender reads the game well and makes good interceptions. However, age is against him and we need younger blood in the side.

His current contract runs out in June 2018, but it would be wise to move him on in the summer transfer window.


Theo Walcott

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Theo Walcott showed genuine promise when he was at Southampton. At Arsenal, he has never consistently reached that level. At 28, he is not among the best players in the Premier League nor is he now a regular for his country.

Is he a winger or a forward? No-one really knows and let’s be honest, past injuries have affected him. That and inconsistency. When he is fit, Walcott can be very good in front of goal. When he is in and out of the side? His finishing suffers.

West Ham United were linked with a £25 million move for the Englishman last summer, and they could return with an offer at the end of the season.

Take advantage of the offers on and place a bet on Walcott leaving the Emirates Stadium in the summer transfer window.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is only 23 years of age. While he has a lot of quality, his place in the side is not guaranteed. And at this stage of his career, it should be.

When everyone is fit and available, the England international faces a lot of competition for a place in the side. Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey, Alex Iwobi, Theo Walcott, Francis Coquelin, Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny; it’s a big list. The former Southampton star can play as a winger or as a central midfielder and has played regularly in recent weeks, but he is not the kind of player who could take Arsenal to the next level.

If the club aim to return to the days of the Invincibles, then they must have better players than Ox in the team.

8 thoughts on “Three Players Who Must Leave In The Summer

  1. I thought Chamberlain was playing well for the past 2 months.Other than that,I agree with the other 2.By the way,I am a Manchester United fan,but have a soft spot for arsenal.And I very much appreciate your writing.I think it is top notch.

  2. good start but imo you can add to that list one of cech/ospina, debuchy, gibbs
    /monreal, jenkinson, wilshere, SANOGO !! and that doesnt inlcude others i’d be seriously considering futures of….ramsey, coquelin, elneney, lucas perez.

    reality, aw signs new contract and the only players who leave are our best ones who aren’t adequately replaced.

  3. Monaco 18 years old striker, mappe will be sold for a world record, the guy is magnificent……. another goal

  4. Lazy IMO to resort to the old ‘Mert is slow so must be rubbish’ argument. Given that he’s the only defender we have that could organise the proverbial piss up in a brewery (and I include Kos in that, he’s a follower not a leader) I would have a rethink on that (defending being just as much about discipline and organisation as individual talent).

    Theo? Scores goals and we don’t have enough players who do that, The Ox? Certainly not one of our worst players and not one to have had repeated chances unlike some I could mention.

    TBH we have enough dross that I would move on before these three. Gibbs (simply cannot defend), Sanogo (simply cannot play football), and Jenkinson (simply not good enough) for starters (as Bufallo already mentioned).

    If you want a controversial suggestion I wouldn’t have extended Santi’s contract. Not because of his talent but because he’s entering Diaby/Rosicky territory in terms of injuries. No matter how talented you are you can’t influence games from the treatment table.

  5. I assumed that Mertersacker’s contract was extended so that he could be Arsene’s eyes and ears in the dressing room and indoctrinate the younger players in the way of the cult. You certainly wouldn’t employ him for his footballing abilities.
    Theo just has to go. No footballing intelligence whatsoever and (as has commented on these pages) he’s not quite as quick as he once was.
    Chamberlain is the quandary. Is he a good player with a bad coach or a bad player with a bad coach? I don’t think we’ll ever really know until he has a good coach.

  6. I think Merts would actually be good in the centre of a back 3. If we play this formation more, he could contribute for the reasons Andy suggests.

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