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 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 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.
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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.