How many ‘World Class’ players do Arsenal really have?

Arsenal certainly have their most indepth talented squad of the last decade right now, but although Arsene Wenger always tries to explain that football is a team game rather than an individual sport, that doesn’t stop everyone voting in Player-of-the-month competitions does it?

So with the boring interlull upon us maybe its time to discuss how many of our players are actually ‘world class’. To set off the discussion let’s look at the opinion of the TV Pundit Robbie Savage, who believes that Mesut Ozil is the only one in our squad that can really take that description. And when a reader challenged him by saying: @vyshak_gunner: “Cech, Bellerin, Ramsey, Cazorla, Sanchez, Koscielny, Xhaka? What are they, ballboys?”

Savage replied (quite savagely, lol): “Are you seriously suggesting all those players are world-class? Take your rose-tinted specs off, my friend, and let’s get real. Cech? Yes, he probably was world-class once, but not any more. Bellerin? Huge potential, but he’s only won the FA Cup so far. Ramsey? Good player, not world class. Cazorla? Same again. Sanchez? Like I said in the column, he’s borderline world-class already. Koscielny? Gave away the penalty against Tottenham. Xhaka? Nope, not having that.”

So what is your opinion. Do we only have one ‘world class’ player, but collectively make a great “team” of good players. Or do we have loads of world class players?

Which ones would you choose?


  1. Arsenal_Girl says:


  2. chaitanya0411 says:


  3. CouchCoach says:

    If “world class” means they could easily fit into the national team of a top footballing nation, most of our team is world class.

    If “world class” means they would make the top three places on the planet in their position, then that guy is correct. Only Ozil makes it. Cech’s experience makes him close to top 3. Ramsey is nearly there. Bellerin too, he just lacks experience. We correctly rate Cazorla, but unbiased experts would most likely place him outside top three. Alexis as striker/winger is competing with Ronaldo, Suarez, Messi, Neymar, Aguero, Robben, Costa, Bale, Ribery, Pedro. Im not confident he would make top three in either position.

    So… its just Ozil. Maybe Bellerin in a year or so.

    1. Wilshegz says:

      Pedro is not worldClass, he is barely better than Walcott

      1. Break-on-through says:

        Alexis is a world class left winger, but too much competition for striker, but you never know so we’ll see. Bellerin, not many you’d swap him for, just needs the years or silverware to cement world class status. Koscielny is world class, I think this one is obvious, and if giving a penno away means your not wc well then there are no wc defenders, nor players as they all make mistakes.


        Close to being world-class. Monreal, Cazorla, Cech, Coquelin.

  4. G-Rude says:

    I make these players World Class
    1 Ozil
    2 Sanchez
    3 Cech
    4 Koscielny

    But most importantly we have a world class manager.

  5. Wilshegz says:

    to arsenal fans: Cech,Koscielny,Cazorla,Ozil,Alexis

    to the world: Cech,Ozil, Alexis (Koscielny is close but not yet)

  6. rkw says:

    The simple answer is not enough to be a top flight team

  7. tissiam says:

    i wouldn’t listen to savage who says that koscielny is not world class because he gave a penalty away,i,d like to know the criterias he takes into account when deciding if a player is world class or not!!also we can,t judge afootball player by the number of trophies he,s won silverware doesn,t reflect on a player,s ability,quality as football is a team sport !!

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