An entire team of Emirates Stadium players who really don’t cut it in a team trying to mount a genuine push for major silveware.
Perhaps the most disheartening aspect of Arsenal’s seventh Premier League defeat of the season, that came at the hands of newly promoted Swansea City, was that the loss probably failed to surprise many of the club’s ardent following. A season that started in woeful fashion appeared to be on the mend up until a month or so back when Arsene Wenger’s side hit their collective self-destruct buttons once more.
For the North London side to essentially lose to a side that plays the game using the same brand of free-flowing, free-spirited ‘total football’ as the Gunners do will have been lost on no one. Swansea City pretty much beat Arsenal at their own game and this is further evidence that an alarming number of Wenger’s squad is not able to play to the levels expected of a side pushing for a top four finish, let alone a side hoping to end a six year silverware drought.
Having lost big name first team regulars like Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy in the summer, Wenger opted to bring in replacements that were arguably not up to the task of filling pretty big boots. Perhaps the Frenchman’s stubborn refusal to fork out big sums, or perhaps his board’s reluctance to fund such moves, led to signings that simply don’t adequately replace those who left the Emirates Stadium?
As well as new arrivals failing to make an impact there are also a number of players in the Arsenal squad who consistently fail to deliver and arguments about ‘transitional’ periods don’t wash with players who have been regularly ‘flattering to deceive’ for two or three seasons.
Here are eleven such players who Wenger must consider offloading. Players who need to take a long hard look at themselves in the mirror and question their lack of desire, ability, character or in some cases all of the above.