Which Arsenal stars should go if they don’t fit our new formation?

The Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has stated that he will be looking to continue his side’s progress in the new 3-4-2-1 system next season, after an impressive end to the campaign,

The new system accommodates three centre-backs, two wing-backs, but only two advanced midfield players and one striker. This limits the amount of advanced players needed in the squad, whilst also changing the type of player needed.

Alex Iwobi broke through the ranks to earn a place in the Arsenal first-team squad in during the 2015-16 season, but has not started a single match since the club’s change in formation. His favoured role in behind the striker is predominantly taken by Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez at present, and despite rumours that one or both could leave, they will most certainly be replaced in the side should they depart.

Theo Walcott is in a similar position, having lost his regular starting role in the side after the system change, regardless of his best goalscoring campaign of his career. The speedy winger is being linked with a move to West Ham, but I’m not sure the England international would even consider a move had we remained in the 4-2-3-1 set-up.

Francis Coquelin could also find himself surplus to requirements, with his defensive skill set made near redundant with the extra cover. Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka have stamped their mark down on the starting roles since the switch, while Mohamed Elneny and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are also in line action ahead of Le Coq. This is before any signings are made also, with the possibility of new competition for the role…

Does Iwobi deserve to be challenging for one of the two advanced roles? Could he provide cover at wing-back? Doe Coquelin still have a role in the squad?

Pat J

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  1. I would keep coq and sell wilshere. at least cow contributes to the team. wilshere on the other hand can’t be trusted to stay fit so he must go to free up wages for the likes of alexis

    1. We could prob get 25m for Wilshere, rising to 30 with add-ons. Maybe 10 to 12m for Coquelin. We have to sell and these two could sell. They are two very important positions in our setup, we could really try and make an improvement. We know at best what we can get from these players, and we know what to expect. They both need to go and we need to try and build better this time around, really try.

    2. Sell Wilshere/Gibbs/Walcott/Szczesny to generate wage and funds for new signings. Coq should stay as backup. Problem I see with the sale is long term contracts for Ramsey/Ox and buying Lemar in time to have enough time for these players to be auctioned

  2. According to Portuguese media outlet A Bola , the Gunners have already had a £13million bid for the highly-rated starlet rejected by Braga.

    Neto, who has been watched closely by Manchester United boss Mourinho, has a £17.5m release clause in his contract and his club will not even consider discussing a deal unless it is met.

    Barca are reportedly ready to activate the clause but Arsenal will not give up after seeing the prospect break into Braga’s first team last season.

  3. I would sell coquellin, Wilshire, Ox and Theo as they don’t fit into our formation and let iwobi go on loan too

    1. I’d keep Oxlade, he’s one of the few that has allot of drive in his performances. He and Alexis then Aaron, are our most direct players, with allot of running in them. And Oxlade has power, there are other uses for footballers besides scoring goals and making assists.

  4. Iwobi covering as a wing back? ?? you must be kidding,right?
    Coq and Elneny can play in the Europa league ?

    1. Lyon is interested in Giroud. I read that Lyon President called him up. So maybe there is something to him and Lacazette

      I want Aubemeyang too
      But I don’t see Theo leaving for less money
      Arsenal pay Theo more than he is worth in my opinion

  5. Nobody is bigger than the club, those who haven’t delivered should go. Those who can’t take us up should go. Hope Arsene is listening!!! Or reading.

  6. Iwobi is so far play right wing. Or middle number 10 rol…. he must loan out for Newcastle or other premier league club but arsenal must keep alex oxlade chamb…..

  7. Squad depth ignored in article?
    Also, Coquelin is ahead of the Ox for CM, we have seen this numerous times when Ox has not been played in CM by Wenger. I got to say, anyone who watches Arsenal would see this and know this, just cause the Ox says he wants to play CM doesn’t mean he is automatically ahead of Coquelin.

    Who should go?
    Depends on who we can get right as well as who will be interested in taking who we think should go.

    People talk about Theo but who will pay his wages?
    Gibbs wants an extra £20k a week to leave from reports and could hinder any move.
    Jenks has already turned down a move due to wage…

    IMO it is obvious who the 1st players to go should be, the ones who do not get game time at AFC at all, players like Debuchy and Jenks are a priority. Then we can look at Welbeck, is he really worth keeping? If we can keep Giroud and get Lacazette then how much game time will Welbeck get? Will he stay fit??????
    Perez has never had the faith of the manager, if the manager isn’t trusting the player then sell the player and get someone the manager will trust.
    Ospina wants to leave and to be honest I want him to leave so Szcz can come back and challenge for number 1 spot, the kid has grown up since being sent out on loan and I think we can profit from this by not having to spend £30+ million on a GK.

    If Ox isn’t going to sign a deal for no payrise (he doesn’t deserve it with amount of time injured) then sell him to Liverpool and promote Maitland-Niles who I think can be better than the Ox if given game time.

    If we can find a buyer for Wilshere than great but I fear his injury will stop any potential sale, they will want to do the medical and if he can not pass the medical due to injury… Feels a bit like we may be forced to give him at least 12 months more so we can sell him once fit.

  8. Its time to be realistic and bitterly honest. Lets put aside sentiment. I will sell the following;
    1. Welbeck – Another injury prone striker who I’ve never been truly convinced that he is the kind of player who should be a striker for a team like Arsenal. He falls well short of the likes of Henry, Anelka, Bergkamp, Wrighty etc. Not a 20 goal a season man and another one who can not be trusted.
    2.Wiltshire – Too injury prone. Every season we pray it be the season but it has never happened. We can no longer be praying, we need a fit and healthy player on the field. Jack just can’y be trusted
    3.Walcot – Flattered to deceive for the past five plus seasons. Speed with no brains, no end product. Also defensively weak.
    4. Sanogo – NO COMMENT
    5.Coquelin – Comes and goes in games. Showed some promise but has seemed to fade away. No longer winning the battles in the middle. We still need a Kante or a viera type defensive Midfield destroyer.
    6.Ospina – Wishes to be a first team regular. I’m not to convinced about him. We need a keeper who totally commands his area and talks a lot to his defence. We need a keeper with a commanding presence. He is not it.
    7. Per Mert – For his height its amazing that he hardly wins any aerial battles which is vital at set plays and where we were always dominant during the Bold, Keown and Adams days. He gets turn a lot and is seriously too slow for the pace of the Premiere league.
    8. Gibbs – Has had his best days. relied mainly on his speed but his speed has since reduce, especially with regards to recovery
    9. Chuba Akpom – Does not simply fit the clubs style of player
    10. Ozil – Not enough to just be good at assisting. He is too lazy and goes seriously missing in .most big important games when we truly need some magic. Defensively he is a huge liability
    I will sell all the above and purchase the following;
    1. Mbappe or Martial
    2. Aubameyang
    3. Mahrez
    4. Buckland

  9. I feel we have to be careful losing walcott whatever anyone thinks of him his pace is still an asset that can scare opposition. Bellerin and theo and the only two that have it at present.

  10. At fatboy.
    I hope that we get in and trigger netos release clause quickly.
    I don’t much like mourinho but he’s touted this kid for superstar status and man u are also linked.
    As we know a 17.5m clause is not huge based on modern footballers fees, (chambers 16m wasn’t it).
    Press the go button arsene. He could be cazorla for years to come. Unless it’s a Wenger smokescreen again!

  11. @midkemma
    I’m not so sure giroud would stay with lacazette signed.
    And I’m not convinced lacazette would sign until he’s sure giroud is going.
    A world.cup yearband them both being French, one of them will clearly lose out.

  12. sell elmany wilshire gibbs jenkinson debouchy gabriel ospina Sanchez ozil (better tyen let them leave for a free)
    Free up money to sign decent replacement

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