Ex Gunner tips three Arsenal defenders to leave this summer

Former Arsenal striker Charlie Nicholas has named three defenders that he expects to leave Arsenal this summer.

Since Mikel Arteta became the club’s manager, he has overseen some great improvements to the team and individual players.

Some players that have been written off under previous managers now seem to have become better players overnight.

This shows just how impressive Arteta is as a manager and the Spaniard will hope that his players can keep their level of performance and help them qualify for European competition at the end of this season.

Charlie Nicholas is, however, sceptical of the possibility of Sokratis, David Luiz, and Shkodran Mustafi all becoming better players and he reckons that they would all leave in the summer.

He doesn’t expect Luiz to be given a new Arsenal deal and he also thinks that Arteta will realise that his team would be better without Sokratis and Mustafi.

“The break probably came at a decent time for Arsenal,” Nicholas told Sky Sports.

“They were improving under Mikel Arteta. Has he brought himself time like people have been saying? I don’t think so. All he has done has worked on a strategy a bit more.

“The reality stares you straight in the face – Arsenal are ninth with 40 points. I look at the table and Arsenal have 13 draws in 28 games, yet they have only lost six all season.

“I would like to be more enthusiastic, but I can’t. You can work with Sokratis Papastathopoulos, David Luiz, and Shkodran Mustafi and get them to improve, but they will not improve by much.

“Luiz will move on next season and Arteta will know that Sokratis and Mustafi are all seemingly pitching to be sold.”

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  1. Agree with Him. They can not take us to CL spot.
    We need new line of CBs and defensive midfielders. Trienny is one. Partey could be in.. Saliba is one of the CB and now we need more CB to reform the Defensive unit. I expect Bellerin to improve.

  2. After watching that pile of **** last night I wish the season had been stopped and we had stayed 9th as it’s looking like we will finish lower than that now. Not even one shot on target and saved from complete humiliation by our keeper. Can anyone honestly see us getting a point at Brighton? No, of course not!

    1. It was a game between a superior and inferior team. The class was obvious and arsenal defence bottle it as usual.
      Hopefully the 3 are moved on

  3. We have number in that department and that’s all. It will be incredible and comical if we retain those guys mentioned, with the arrival of Saliba, we should be having around 7-8 guys vying for 2 spot.

    1. only Chambers and Holding has the of experience

      Mprvanos and Saliba lacks experience and both needs time to adapt to the new team…..

      A talented player like Saliba need a very leading and experience partner to guide and lead him….someone say 28yo and above or at least with 10 years of playing expeirence

  4. three defenders leaving meaning the team will still be unstable at the back

    it will take time for new centre backs to settle down and gel with the other players

  5. Am I the only seeing how useless aubumayang is when ever he plays from the flank ? He can’t tackle he can’t hold the ball he can’t give good cross he can’t dribble while not cash on him and give martinelli the position but I feel arteta don’t like him seriously aubameyang as been minus 1 at the flank

  6. I agree with that. Let Luise,mustafi,and socratis leave the club. Arsenal should go for Thiago Silva who has vast experience to pair with incoming William salibu or Pablo mari. So that we have a formidable defence.

    1. Oh good lord no!!! I can’t sit through that week after week….I’d need to go in a padded room!!

      1. Luis twitted something like”I am sorry,the loss was my fault,the team was doing well…I want to play for Arsenal and the manager wants me to stay!

  7. The infamous three clowns! Good teams cannot afford clowns, either on the payroll nor in the team. Simple as that . I pray that Charlie Nicholas is correct in his prediction.
    On Ozils total absence from the twenty man squad for “tactical reasons”, as MA explained with a stone cold stare at the interviewer, anyone who knows the first thing about human body language and stone faced comments will know , WITHOUT A SHADOW OF DOUBT, that Ozil has NO place in MA’s plans and will be on his bike when his obscenely unearned contract runs out next summer. I pray to God this slacker has played his last game in our shirt. And I BELIEVE that to be the case too, barring a catastrophic injury crisis in the meantime.

    1. Hello again Jon,
      I couldn’t agree more about the look Arteta gave the interviewer when questioned about Ozil. To not even make the squad of 20 shows that Arteta has had enough.

      Mikel promised everyone a new start under him and I think he has a fair few players to ponder on, not just Ozil.

  8. Some of us oldies have been advocating for the sale of these players virtually since they arrived at Arsenal.Both Jon and I have been taken to task on numerous occasions for criticising these three but the calamities of Luis last night on top of the regular gaffs from Mustafi and Sokratis is surely a vindication of our views.They, and others, really must be moved on if we are to have any chance of improving under Arteta.If our Club extends the contract of Luis, Arteta will lose credibility with thousands of Arsenal fans, myself included.

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