As they Gunners continue their great run of form it is worth mentioning those players who are still not hitting the high notes.
Whilst I think the Big Swiss is not the same defender that was derided when he first hit the scene I still don’t think he has much of a future at the club. Was rumoured to be on his way to Everton in the summer but the move appeared to break down at the last minute. The towering centre back always looks clumsy and lacks confidence when on the ball but still young enough to meet the challenge elsewhere and a move away from the Emirates is probably the best all round.
The young pole hasn’t exactly shone when called upon and with Vito Mannone impressing greatly Lukasz has found himself slipping down the pecking order. When the 24 year old was forced to step into the breach last season he made a number of errors and it appears Wenger has lost faith in him as a second choice keeper.
Oh dear, bringing in the vastly experienced Man United man appeared to make sense and I for one felt that the signing of the adaptable defender would help us when we were short of players as well as passing on his tips to the youngsters, it hasn’t quite worked that way. He has arrived about three years to late and is quite frankly a very poor player. Thankfully he is now only being used for Carling Cup duty!
Now there is no doubting that out utility man has improved immeasurably but in my view is a player who is simply not good enough to start and as such is only needed on occasion to cover for injuries but surely the Ivorian would rather he was playing regular football. At 26 he is at that point in his career he would be better off moving a step down and could still do a very handy job at a top six side.
Now this last selection may not be agreed upon by all, but far too often I see him in action and am left wondering why the hell he is on the pitch. He loses the ball far too often, tries to many ‘tricks’ that don’t come off and in my view isn’t a team player. He is fine to call upon when injuries dictate the need to do so but in my view he is not of a caliber to represent the first team and consistently flatters to deceive.