We finished one place behind shock Premier League winners Leicester City this season, so we thought we’d look at which players are simply not up to scratch when it comes to winning in the future.
Kieran Gibbs is not a first-team regular, and despite appearing to be shaping up like he could be the latest youth product to emerge at left-back. He already appears set on the exit door, so there is little need to discuss him further.
I’ve always been of the impression that Per Mertesacker has done more than he is credited with, but as this season has ran on, I’ve become more and more convinced that he needs replacing. His aerial presence will need to be replaced in part, but there is simply no space in the squad for someone as slow as him anymore.
Gabriel is another CB who is yet to earn the right to be excluded from this list, but unfortunately I can’t see Wenger giving up on him just yet.
Francis Coquelin is a tough call, with his impressive breakthrough season sticking in my memory. Xhaka looks certain to be unveiled as having joined us in the coming days, and with N’Golo Kante on the market, forgive me for saying I would trade Le Coq to have both Xhaka, Kante and Elneny in the squad instead.
Theo Walcott is one who should not even need discussing. My fellow Arsenal fans have made no secret of their desire for him to be sold, and my thoughts are no different. West Ham are welcome to him.
I have always defended Olivier Giroud, but his barren run this season made me ask some serious questions of his relevance to our side. I still believe he has the quality to play a big role for our team, but that doesn’t change the fact that we need a top striker to rival him for his role.
I spared the Ox on purpose, which I know many of you will disagree with, but I would love to see him go out on loan next season, before a permanent decision is made.
Agree or disagree with my choices? Who have I missed out?