Players that should leave Arsenal this summer by Mo
I know everyones thoughts are focused on the NLD tomorrow, but I have been thinking a little farther ahead about what Arsenal need to do in the summer. The fans and the media are everyday talking about what players we need to bring in, but very few think about what players we should get rid of. After seeing the Gunners hopeless displays in recent weeks, I have thought about what players we need to move on.
First there are the obvious ones: Arteta, Rosicky and Flamini. Most likely all of these players will leave in the summer when their contracts run out. But since Wenger is the manager i would not be surprised if he decided to give Flamini a contract extension instead of buying a proper DM.
Secondly there are the players that are out on loan: Szczęsny, Debuchy, Sanogo, Akpom, and Jenkinson (there are several others but most them have barely featured in the first team). In my opinion we should keep Ospina as our backup GK and sell Szczęsny on. He is not a world class goalkeeper and I and most fans never feel safe when he is in goal. He is too error-prone for my liking.
Debuchy has disrespected Wenger publicly so he will probably be shipped out in the summer. I personally would feel a lot safer knowing he is our second choice RB instead of Jenkinson who has gone from being one of the better West Ham players last season to playing badly, conceding penalties and losing his place in their team. Sanogo was never Arsenal quality, he is too slow and does not have the ball control or technique to play as a striker in this level. Hopefully our manager has realised that. Akpom is still young and will hopefully get a chance in the squad next season.
Thirdly the players in our first team that I personally want to get rid of. These are the players that I feel do not deserve to put on the red and white, some of them might be controversial and a lot of you will probably disagree with me, but this is my personal opinion.
The first one is Aaron Ramsey. He is now 25, has been in this club for 8 years and besides that one season when he was scoring a lot of goals he has done absolutely nothing in the other seven years. He is not a good dribbler, he always passes sideways or backwards and the few times Ramsey tries any forward passes most of them are misplaced (I have even seen him pass the ball out of the field recently). Aso he is the player that has been dribbled past more than any other in the BPL this season (51 times). He barely scores any goals, but the one thing that really annoys me is how many times he loses the ball in one game. How can he help Le Coq if he is the one creating the problem in the first place? Ramsey runs around like a headless chicken for 90 minutes and people are saying how he runs everywhere, well in my opinion Ramsey would be more beneficial for the club running alongside the linesman than inside the pitch.
Our English players are constantly injured therefore i personally feel like we cannot afford to have all of these players that barely contribute anything during the season in our 25 man squad. Wilshere, Walcott, Welbeck and the Ox are injury prone and i feel that at least one of them has to go in the summer to free up space and wages for incoming players. Welbeck has only been here a short time so he definitely deserves to stay, he has also provided us with some important goals. The Ox is young, he can get past opposing players and create chances out of nothing, so he of course stays. That leaves us with Wilshere and Walcott. Wilshere is injured more than he plays. He is still young and i personally will not give up on him yet. Walcott, on the other hand, has been in this club for 10 years and what has he really achieved? He is never consistent, one game he is great, the next he is horrible. I also don’t feel like he has the abilities necessary to play as a striker. That leaves only his pace which is the only attribute he has, but with teams always parking the bus against us, he barely gets to use that pace. That to me means he is redundant. I feel like its time to give up on him and I hope that players like Akpom or Gnabry can step up or we can buy another Striker/Winger.
To conclude these are the players I feel should leave in the summer. (Btw I love Rosicky but he is 34 and always injured, I will be sad to see him go).
Rosicky, Szczęsny, Arteta, Flamini, Sanogo, Ramsey and Walcott.
I do not want to speculate on incoming players because that would be pure guesswork, but with the new TV deal we should have no problem replacing these players. We will also get back players like Hayden, Jenkinson, Akpom and Gnabry when their loan spells end in the summer, and hopefully some youth players will take the step up like Iwobi has done this season.
Written by Mo from Norway (username makatelli)