Should Arsenal keep our “British Core”?

Arsenal Boss says keeping British Core pivotal to Arsenal’s future – but is he right? by AT

As Arsenal move towards the finish of yet another lacklustre season, there are a lot of issues that need to be addressed. Perhaps the first issue that comes to mind are the futures of star players Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, and the future of the boss himself. However, another issue at hand is the status of the Gunners’ ‘British Core’, with Wenger stating that retaining these players is pivotal to Arsenal’s future.

As quoted by the Daily Telegraph, the Frenchman said: “We still have a group of young British players and we have to keep them all. We have Ramsey, Chamberlain, Wilshere, Gibbs. All these players, we have to make decisions and manage to keep them together.”

Now although it is quite a sentiment that these players have been at the club since a young age and that the boss entrusts the club’s future in their hands, the question that needs to be asked is whether any of these players are capable of handling the pressure and taking the club forward.

In my opinion, none of them have what it takes. While all of them did show great potential at one point or another, the club has to realize that they are not 18-year-olds anymore. Despite all of them being in the first-team picture for at least five years now, consistency is still a problem and as a result, our ‘British Core’ barely make it to the bench.

So with that being said, I think the focus should be on bringing in tried-and-tested world-class players rather than keeping faith in players who have had too long to make an impact in the team but have failed at doing so.


  1. khangunners says:

    Hehe very clever there, you taking it from what he said about ox. I think this players to are tired with wenger. Ox is going same as ramsey. I think we as a club need to learn to move on and not keep on sticking with failed experiments. Ox,ramsey,wilshere, they hve stayed in the club for more than 5 years. It has not worked lets sell them and a NEW MANAGER to deal with the new recruitments. Wenger has sacked at player purchase for more than 7 years now. Or we can let the new man see if this players are fit to keep around

    1. aidan says:

      Ox is going where bet u he doesn’t. Its alright saying he is going where is your evidence”

  2. GoonerKev84 says:

    It proves how deluded Wenger really is its quite clear these players are not top quality and yet again he has complete faith in them. Its time this relic moved on and takes his serial weak under achiever’s with him but undoubtedly us fans will have to endure at least 2 more years of this nightmare era! If the board and owner don’t wise up soon our great club will become a complete laughing stock! Its obvious he couldn’t care less what the fans think he thinks the club is his he treats the club like his and no one challenges him, he comes out and says he had many opportunities to leave but remained loyal to the club he remained loyal because he’s highly paid and under absolutely no pressure to deliver success and if he stays we all know its more of the same next season.

  3. SoOpa AeoN says:

    We have the worst british rotten tomato core in the League & a ginger-bread manager

    Yea so!….Let em stay…

    ALuta Continua!

  4. wenger must be sacked says:

    I dont see any British core here. walcot ox Wilshire ramsey ya they r British but there is no core

  5. reddb10 says:

    Under any other manager they would have flourished but unfortunately for their career wenger is clueless.

    1. aidan says:

      There are British core players u obviously don’t ni arsenal

  6. muda says:

    It doesn’t matter as long as Wenger is gone.

  7. Hugh Jarce says:

    Very few English players feature
    in the top echelon of the EPL
    Last round EPL
    English players started.
    United started 1
    Chelsea started 1.
    Arsenal started 2
    Liverpool started 2
    Spurs started 2
    City started 3
    11 of 66.
    I think clubs should have to start 5 English players
    minimum per game and 2 of the 3 subs used should be English

    1. alex says:

      trippier, davies, dier, ali. thats 4 with kane coming off the bench

  8. aidan says:

    Its clear arsenal are being affected by the will Wenger stay ir not. There is so much to sort out in the summer. But Wenger I believe will Sta and prove fans wrong. Its heartbreaking to see arsenal suffering at the moment. But the prenuer league is getting stronger and arsenal need to keep up with the everyone n west broms now.

  9. Bolly from Borehamwood says:

    Yeah and let’s get rid of the French core, the German core, the apple core, and just start over!

  10. Peter W says:

    No. Ramsey, Gibbs, Wilshere, Oxlade, and Wilshere are injured far too often. Their injuries disrupt both their own development and the balance of the squad. One could argue that these injuries are influenced by the pies/medical team as one of the strong arguments around failed title challenges since 2006 have been down to a significant amount of injuries. All of these players have great potential, but this should have happened by now. Unfortunately, injuries, poor team positioning (e.g. Rambo on right to accommodate Ozil is another factor), and the absence of older world class players to guide them are the main factors. For instance, when Ramsey and Wilshere arrived, Fabregas, Rosicky, Hleb and Silva were the only players with experience but perhaps not the ‘best’ communicators. Also these players soon left, leaving Fabregas. Jenkinson, unfortunately, was never good enough for a top 4 EPL team to begin with.

  11. Ozzy AFC says:

    So Wenger says keep the english core does he? this would be te OX who has got worse rather than better and covers his lack of ability with a tenacious work rate? or Theo Walcott who has only scored 100 goals in ten years at the club? well doesn’t this just smack of an attitude that says despite the woeful and declining record of wins or obtaining trophies that Wenger considers himself to still be right? in whcih case where do we go from here? it hasnt worked its not working and it wont work but still he says we should persevere?. what does this say about Wenger ?

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