There is a general agreement amongst Arsenal fans (and reportedly amongst the hierarchy at the Emirates as well) that the Gunners are needing a major rehaul of the squad this summer. With all the uncertainty over contract extensions making the headlines, especially Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Oxlade-Chamberlain and, of course, Arsene Wenger, the ex-Arsenal striker Charlie Nicolas believes that we need as much as 5 or 6 arrivals, and he wants Wenger’s future clarified as soon as possible.
Nicholas categorically stated on TalkSport: “It is an absolute mess.
“It is not the team that is broken, it is the club that is broken. There is no leadership from anywhere and it is painful for me to see.
“This club is a mess.
“Arsene Wenger; I don’t know what he is waiting on to clarify [his future]. Please come out and tell us what is going on at the football club.
“We are not going to be in the Champions League so what are we actually facing now? I think Arsenal are facing five or six [new] players just to repair, not to even get close [to the title] again.”
That may sound a bit drastic, but if we have a mass exodus in the summer then it is a feasible number, but the fact is that Wenger (if he is still in charge) has no liking for big changes in the transfer windows, and prefers ‘continuity’ and ‘cohesion’ in his squads. But for the fans that means keeping hold of certain players that have either failed to live up to the expectations, or giving contract extensions to old and often injured veterans.
I can only see a major overhaul if we have a new manager, but could we really bring in 6 new players in one window? Or do you think the present squad could improve under new leadership?