Which current stars deserve to be central in Arenal rehaul?

Stan Kroenke is claimed to have persuaded Arsene Wenger to sign a new contract with the club, with the idea of rehauling the squad over the next two years, but which current stars deserve to be more important?

I don’t think I’m alone in giving up on any prospect of Alexis Sanchez staying beyond the summer, and Mesut Ozil may well be following the Chilean through the exit door.

The above pair are both entering the final 12 months of their contracts in the coming months, and neither appear ready to extend those deals, which leaves us no choice but to consider their departures, at risk of losing the pair for free a year later.

With these two out the door, and more likely to follow as part of a possible rehaul, it’s most important to concentrate on which players deserve to be crucial in the future of the club.

Olivier Giroud has showcased his talents this season in leading the line when given the chance, and I think he would relish a change in personnel, with the current system not accommodating his ability to its maximum. The biggest problem in evolving our new system to centralise the Frenchman is that he turns 31 at the start of next season, and he doesn’t have many years at the top of the game unfortunately.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has stood out as having made the biggest improvement this season, impressing in a newfound central midfield role, and could well be a good start to build a team around, although he does lack the leadership qualities be central in all things Arsenal.

A complete rehaul of the squad could also mean looking at changing the system and formation we currently rely on, which may well change the dynamic of the role in which the Ox currently occupies in, although he has done well in a more advanced role this term also.

It may make more sense to consider the direction in which Wenger may go, and I would not be surprised to see Conte’s Chelsea formation adopted, so we could look at our strongest XI in that system.

Current players to fill 3-4-3 formation:
Koscielny  Mustafi  Gabriel
Bellerin  Ramsey  OX  Iwobi
Walcott Giroud Welbeck

This team has obvious weaknesses, with Walcott, Welbeck and Giroud not looking enough going forward to frighten defences the way that Willian/Pedro, Hazard and Diego Costa have done this year. Two of those would have to be replaced as a priority, as well as a more defensive DM to play alongside the Ox, or Oxlade could well relish in a wing-back role similarly to the way that Victor Moses has.

Ramsey has also failed to assert himself into a consistent role in our team, and may well struggle to find a role in the above set-up also.

Which players should be central in our plans to change and rejuvenate our team in a rehaul? Should we look at playing a similar formation to the league leaders?

Pat J

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  1. Are you on drugs?

    Nothing will change with Wenger, never. He is too controlling, arrogant and stubborn to see that his system in everything is outdated and predictable. Expect another 2 years of the same mediocre rubbish.

  2. One has to realise, all this talk of an overhaul is just propaganda, designed to justify any possible contract extension, and to appease the protesters. Nothing will change because Wenger is a megalomaniac. Given his state of mind, and age, do people honestly believe he’ll abandon is entire philosophy over the next few months, and choose an alien way of approaching everyday management? How naive can people be!

    I would like a different formation, and tactics for sure. Very bored of watching possession football with no end product in both defence, and attack. Game after game, Arsenal barely test a keeper, which is strange considering Wenger is obsessed with attacking football. We know he’s useless from a defensive perspective, but he’s becoming fairly useless in an attacking sense as well. Apart from Lincoln, when was the last time Arsenal tore another team apart, and thrashed them? Thrashings used to happen a lot more in the days of Bendtner, and Denilson, but now we’re regularly being torn apart even with the likes of Ozil, Sanchez, Cech, and Koscielny! Didn’t we beat Porto 6-0 with Bendtner getting a hat-trick?

    Never thought I’d say this, but I miss the days of Almunia, Bendtner, Eboue, Clichy, Denilson, Vela, etc…

  3. I will be curious to how well we can rebuild, how quick will we get signings done this year, will it be another year of slight improvement in the transfer market? Xhaka was done fast for Arsenal and it was an improvement, I am quite vocal about my displeasure at Arsenals board but give credit where it is due.. I will recognise the slight improvement that the Xhaka deal was.

    Another thing I think we could consider is the volume of players with a contract is running low, not only Alexis and Ozil but SoNoGoals I believe will be out of contract and Wilshere is low along with Ox… This could clear up some wages for the rebuild being discussed.

    As the talk is the rebuild will be over a 2 year contract, that would mean all those 18months left now will be out of contract before his 2 years are up, with funds to rebuild then players will hopefully feel the need to fight for their place more.

    I would be happy to see half the deadwood go this year if possible and the other half go the year after as some are still young enough and have the potential… If this rebuild is for real then that could be what some of them need… Risk of being thrown out the door for not doing well enough.

    Starting sales for me would be;
    Ramsey, Wilshere, Perez, Monreal, Debuchy, Jenkinson, Ospina, Gabriel, Per, Giroud.
    Now add Ozil and Alexis on that to allow for the rumors…

    12 months to prove themselves;
    Szcz, The Ox, Theo, Iwobi, Campbell, Akpom, Gibbs

    1. Iwobi has 12 months to prove himself under a manager who hasn’t proved himself in 12 years!!! FFS!

    2. Xhaka was a buy to make people buy season tickets. The sales were stalling at that time and us fans were fooled by xhaka signing boom the tickets were all sold

      1. Are you kidding, you obviously know nothing about season ticket sales, or the thousands of people on the waiting list.

        It’s probably better if you don’t comment on something you know nothing about.

        Just remember this;

        “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt”.

  4. Guys shame on all of us. We think wenger will do an overhaul lol. What is an overhaul? Replacing all the mediocre players? Or is it just replacing sanchez and ozil? I ask you this will Wenger sell Ramsey, theo,giroud,?
    Will he buy 2 wc wingers?
    Will he buy a wc striker?
    A world class cam to replace ozil?
    A wc lb?
    We need a better player on bellerins place will he do that?
    Keep dreaming i say rip arsenal! So sad and frustrating

  5. season ticket renewals must be coming up soon. what a flock of obedient sheep the majority of season ticket holders are . there is one born every minute !!!.

    1. Or it could be people like me, who’ve held their season tickets for 30+ years and are reluctant to let them go, knowing that the chances of getting them back are close to zero.

  6. This is a tough one given the clubs cutrebt predicament! In General, I’d have to say Boss, Mustafi, Bellerin, Xhaka, Ox, Jack? Iwobi is still learning, so is Holding, maybe send them both on loan maybe? Chambers has looked good but wether he can start now or go on loan again is up to the manager. Other than that there are question marks over Giroud, Welbz, Theo, Ramsey due to their ability and forn, along with Ozil and Sanchez due to their contracts/attitudes. Everyone can either go or stay, I don’t care as long as we upgrade The squad with some quality players

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