5 stars Arsenal need to sell to become competitive again
Arsenal are currently shrouded in uncertainty with the future of their manager Arsene Wenger and two superstars, Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil up in the air. The Gunners have endured their worst run under Arsene Wenger since the turn of the year and risk missing out on top 4 for the first time in the Frenchman’s 20-year long reign.
While the frailties in the 67-year-old’s management is present for all to see, it is not just the Frenchman who is to blame for the current predicament of the club. The players have to shoulder some blame for this unprecedented collapse and it will be wise on the part of the Gunners to let go of some of their stars if they are to challenge for top honours in the near future.
Here we look at 5 players who Arsenal need to sell to become competitive again:
#1 Petr Cech
The Arsenal faithful expected big things (amongst which was winning the league title) when Cech made the switch from fierce rivals Chelsea to the Emirates stadium. However, close to 2 years after the transfer, the 34-year-old has continued to decline and there have been signs that he may not be good enough for a top European side anymore.
The Czech international’s vulnerability at the near post is well documents but that is not the only cause of concern for the Gunners. Cech has failed to save any of the penalties that he has faced since making his switch from Stamford Bridge, not only that, the last time he saved a spot-kick was way back in the 2012/13 season.
Apart from the odd howlers, Cech is also susceptible from long range shots and this has proved costly for Wenger’s side in countless games, be it against smaller teams or a heavyweight. It is time Arsenal look at alternatives for the Czech legend, even if they don’t want to spend huge in the department they already have a ready-made replacement in the form of Wojciech Szczesny – who is currently on loan at Roma.