Arsene Wenger seems to be making a statement with the signing of Granit Xhaka, but everyone will know that Arsenal need to make more signings this summer if they want to go one step further next season.
The Gunners finished second in the Premier League, behind champions Leicester City, and a lot of their players have come under heavy criticism due to their performances during the business end of the season.
With that in mind, several Arsenal stars may find themselves on the unwanted list this summer, with Wenger planning an overhaul of players.
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Here are a couple of players that just don’t fit the bill for Arsenal anymore and that should be moved on this summer.
What can we say about Walcott that hasn’t already been said? Lacks a footy brain. Inconsistent. Indecisive. Not able to track back, beat the offside trap or pick the right pass. We’ve heard them all. And yet there is some truth to the matter.
Five goals and two assists in twenty-eight games, including fifteen starts, is just not good enough.
Alex Iwobi, on the other hand, seems to be a worthy candidate to fill in on the right wing, switching flanks every now and again with Alexis Sanchez. Quick, audacious, and acutely decisive, the 20-year-old really has what it takes, and has the guts to do the job.
And if he can somehow make it up to Wenger for whatever he’s done to tick Le Prof off, Joel Campbell has some serious ability to change any game around.
On his day, Walcott is a menacing threat, and could be a thorn in any side, but perhaps it is time to give up the illusion of waiting for that day.
Goodbye Walcott, hello £21 million in the kitty.
Twinkle-toes Ox showed signs of what could have been for Arsenal when he finished beautifully with his left foot against Chelsea in the Community Shield.
The injury prone winger, however, went completely missing throughout the season, and had just one measly goal in 22 appearances, including nine starts.
He certainly has fallen behind in the pecking order, with the rise of Alexis Sanchez and with Mesut Ozil pulling assists out of the hat at every opportunity.
Perhaps Arsenal can cash in on his neat £15 million price tag?
It’s not just about adding players to the squad. Leicester City used the fewest outfield players in their run-in to the title, and some of the reasons why were the expert physios, sports scientists and nutritionists that worked behind the scenes to ensure the champions were well-rested, well-fed, and underwent serious injury-prevention therapies.
The answer is not always buying a world-class player (Angel Di Maria to Manchester United anyone?), but also about cultivating a winning mentality and keeping key players fit.
All in all, it seems as though Arsene Wenger has his job cut out for him, and if Arsenal are to win major silverware this coming season, they certainly have to step it up a notch. Or two.
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