Which of the ‘British Core’ should Arsenal keep next season?

Which of the British players should leave at the end of the season? By SK

Some years back, you would hardly find more than two British players at Arsenal! Wenger then was even accused of sidelining English/British players for players from other nationalities. Although Wenger was able to escape with such criticism because he was winning games and titles with the set of players he had at that time. However this time, he has a lot of British born players in his team. Which amongst these players has really justified his place in the team? Who should leave and who should stay? Well, after analysing the first team British players in the team, you can decide yourselves.

1: Aaron Ramsey: The Welsh born player in his mid twenties, has had a mixture of fortunes at Arsenal! He came to Arsenal a few seasons back. He began his Arsenal career on a bright note until he broke his leg. However, he healed and took a little time in settling back into the team. His best season however was the 2013/2014 season in which he scored goals for fun! His goal scoring contributions helped Arsenal to an FA cup win then, as he scored the deciding goal that won us the trophy! Since then, his game has dwindled and he is still finding hard to hit the form he exhibited that season.

2: Theo Walcott: The England international was been in Arsenal for more than ten years now! During his period of stay at Arsenal, he has flattered to deceive. He was bought from Southampton where he was an exciting footballer. Initially, he began his career at Arsenal as a winger but inconsistent performances made Wenger switch him to the striking position, with the believe that it will improve his game and goal scoring ratio, which was not to be. However, this season has seen him play match winning goals and also seen him play wonderfully well! Will this form of his last for another four more seasons? Time will tell.

3: Oxlade Chamberlain: Another player bought from Southampton. He is a talented footballer who doesn’t seem to know how to perform on a consistent level. He is physically built for the premiership. He has pace, skills and goal scoring abilities. He can play as a midfielder or a striker. He has yet to fulfil his potentials, although he lacks regular playing time. Will he ever become the super Star the world expects from him?

4: Danny Welbeck: ‘Dannyboy’ as I choose to call him, has been cheated by injuries since he came to Arsenal. He is a talented player who knows to run, dribble and score goals with any part of his body. While at Man United, he had reputation for scoring deciding goals, a reputation he has brought with him to Arsenal. Unfortunately, injuries has deprived him of giving Arsenal all he got but whenever he is fit, he is somebody you will want to have in your first eleven.

These are just the British players who play regularly for Arsenal. However, there are others who either play for the reserves or play for the under 21. Who amongst them do you think needs to leave Arsenal at the end of the season?

Sylvester kwentua


  1. ArseOverTit says:

    Get rid of all ‘4’ of them . See I can count @admin.

    Take Wenger with them and AFC can begin again.

  2. Budd says:

    I’d keep just Ox but not because he’s a beast. he’s talented alright but i’d hate to see a 24 yrs old player go and blossom at United or Chelsea.

  3. davidnz says:


  4. Ronny331 says:

    Ox needs regular game time and to be believed in, wenget has not helped by continually subbing him when at times he’s having his best game.
    Is see ox as versatile and we may have something playing him in the middle.

  5. davidnz says:

    Jenkinson Gibbs Wilshere
    Chambers Ox Theo Rambo
    Wellbeck Iwobi Holding

  6. ThirdManJW says:

    I would get rid of our entire British core, bar: Chambers, and Holding. Chambers is performing okay now that he’s getting game time in his natural position, and Holding is a decent prospect.

  7. Arsenal_Girl says:

    Gibbs (not good enough)
    Theo (£140,000 per week for what?)
    Chambers (not worth £16 million)
    Ramsey (Not English but still get rid lol), Wilshere (injury prone).
    Welbeck (again not worth £16 million finishing worse than Giroud). Lucas is better.

    The money raised would be enough to get a WC striker and more

    Keep Ox and Holding

  8. Bolly from Borehamwood says:

    Sylvester, why are you focusing on just the British players?
    I am getting a little pi$$ed off with some of the recent articles like this and think an explanation is required, if not from you, from the administrator of this site. Sorry but this is not acceptable!

    1. davidnz says:

      Not acceptable. Goodness 🙂

    2. simonsays says:

      Well said

    3. josh37 says:

      Are you serious?
      Squad discussion is a welcome change to the narrative on this site and in the comments which has become a whingefest!

    4. stubill says:

      I’m with you Bolly. Let’s ask which of the many foreigners we should get rid of, or would that be racist!

      1. Admin says:

        The “British Core” at Arsenal is FAR from being racist. It was in fact first coined 5 years ago on the OFFICIAL ARSENAL WEBSITE referring to the players named in the article.
        You can read it here ….. Wenger – We want to build on our British Core

        “Now we have some good young British players for the first time in the group – Gibbs, Ramsey, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain for example. We have a core of young players that we want to build on.

        “We are still only focused on quality but for the first time England produces so much quality. It’s not that I have changed. For me the quality is the most important thing.”

  9. Arsenal_Girl says:

    He will always be an Arsenal guy. He’s a good egg
    Even after he left he was saying nice things about us.
    Glad he lifted a trophy with us.

  10. ArseOverTit says:

    The rotten Gaelic and American Core is the far greater problem. ??

    1. simonsays says:

      Bang on

  11. Vlad says:

    Ramsey, Theo, Ox, Danny? What happened to Chambers, Gibbs, Jenks, Wilshere? Frankly, with the exception of Theo, who can be very inconsistent at times too, none have really reached their full potential. Theo is at least good for a few goals here and there, and can be a threat going forward. He also tracks back unlike others. So yeah, I’d keep Walcotta, and get rid off the rest of them.

  12. DANDY GUNNER says:

    Wenger will sell four players buy two and a few kids. Look Wenger is never going to change and unless he leaves of his own accord we are stuck with him so get used to it. He will stick with Giroud Arsenal will not be getting a Top Class Striker nothing is going to change Wenger will get Arsenal back in the Top 4 Next season and that your lot. Suck it up Boy’s and Girl’s.

    1. josh37 says:

      I kind of want the kids TBH..
      It’s looking likely that Wenger will stay at least for next season and offering CL is looking unlikely with our run in.
      I don’t want a window papering over the cracks like Fergie did with RVP at united. I would prefer actual proven performing prospects with world-class potential. (Dolberg, mbappe, dembele)

  13. josh37 says:

    The funny thing is.. 90% of this site wanted oxlade gone last summer! Amazing what can happen when given a good run in the first-team :S
    A lot is dependant on what system and manager we play… how much they’re willing to spend on a replacement/upgrade and if we’re replacing both Sanchez (certain) and ozil and oxlade (50/50 imo).
    If we start selling up squad players all over the place the first-team will be neglected.
    IMO we should invest heavily in attack, play a midfield three with two midfielders out and one big upgrade in, and sort out LB.
    If ozil stays I want to see him re-invent himself as either a wide playmaker or play in a three. Playing a #10 makes us faaaar toooo predictable

  14. simonsays says:

    None of them have lived up to the potential they all showed when they first arrived as youngsters (excluding Danny of course). Isn’t going to happen but I would like to see how they all get on with a new Arsenal manager playing them in a more disciplined team. Theo for me has to be the most disappointing, bags of pace and an ability to glide past defenders and I cant help feeling that with a different manager when he had first joined us we’d be seeing a different player now. We used to see youngsters join us and develop into unbelievably good players, now we see the opposite, youngsters with potential join us and they never seem to fulfil it (jenkinson prime example). I’d like to see them all stay, Wenger go and see how they get on,in my mind we’d see an improvement simply because they might be played in their best positions rather than shoe horning in like Wenger seems to do, Ramsey on the left for example.

    1. josh37 says:

      true.. but last window seemed a bit different. Xhaka and mustafi were established regulars and leaders for fringe CL clubs in their respective leagues a few years away from their prime.
      Personally I think the next generation has bags of promise (bielik, AM-N, nelson, willock, Nwakali, Nketiah, Malen).. it’s being halted by the severe lack of management of injuries and development of the players above.

  15. antonioro says:

    Sell them all!The “British core” is why we are in this hole and going nowhere.The invincible team was non-Brotish and what a team it was!Simply put,British players are not good enough,they are years behind Spaniards,Italian or French.This is the readon England national team is always a laughing stock(Iceland game anyone?-what a shame!)

  16. Bolly from Borehamwood says:

    So #antoniori, Ashly Cole,Martin Keown, Sol Campbell and Ray Parlour were not British!
    What nationality were these key “invincibles” then?

  17. Bolly from Borehamwood says:

    Im still waiting for your answer #ant!

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