With Arsenal’s transfer business so far in this window, we must surely be moving some players on, and I am thinking that surely a midfielder or two must be surplus to requirements?
Right now we have NINE players listed in that position…..
4 Mohamed Elneny
7 Henrikh Mkhitaryan
8 Aaron Ramsey
10 Mesut Ozil
11 Lucas Torreira
15 Ainsley Maitland-Niles
22 Jeff Reine-Adelaide
29 Matteo Guendouzi
34 Granit Xhaka
And if Jack Wilshere had’ve re-signed there would be ten. Emery explained that Jack wanted assurances that there would be a starting spot for him. The Spaniard said: “I explained to him my opinion and how I wanted to create the team, and I wasn’t sure he was going to play in the 11 players.
“Also he explained to me that the decision is not easy for him, but he wanted to chose the best option for him, and every time it is with respect.
“I know this player is important here for the supporters and he grew up here in Arsenal, but I can’t guarantee him a place in the starting 11. It was a tactical, technical decision.
“It is for that reason that he chose to leave here, and I respect this.”
I think that Jack expecting to be first choice with that lot available would be a little far-fetched to say the least. But looking at it from the other side… Would ANY of our midfielders be guaranteed to start when fit other than Ozil? If there were three others set to be on the pitch I think I would choose Torreira, Ramsey and Reine-Adelaide right now.
Who would you pick?