EPL 2016/17: 5 players Arsenal should get rid of this summer
Arsenal need to get rid of underperforming players and replace them in the summer.
The season is not yet over for Arsenal. With two games in hand over Liverpool, the top four is well within their reach, along with the fact that they have an FA Cup final on 27th May, which if they win, will be their third FA Cup in four years.
Despite both these accomplishments being within reach, this has not been a great season by their standards. It was their year to go and grab the league title, something they haven’t won for 13 years. However, it wasn’t to be.
It has been quite an unsuccessful season for the Gunners, and there have been numerous marches, stadium walkouts and banners all crying out for Arsene Wenger to end his tenure at the club.
But, along with Wenger, the players also must shoulder some of the blame. These five players, in particular, should be sold by the club if the Gunners are to move forward from this disappointing season:
#1 Francis Coquelin
Sadly for Arsenal fans, Francis Coquelin put pen to paper on a new contract in January keeping him at the club until 2021.
Coquelin’s best attributes have gotten notably worse. He performed to a much better standard for the first half of last season before fans started to get frustrated with the Frenchman.
This season, he has made more fouls than his last two seasons. Not only that, he has also won a significantly less amount of tackles with 42 this season in comparison to 57 in 2015/16 and 59 in 2014/15. Finally, the number of interceptions he has made has also dropped drastically with him making just 53 in the league this season, compared to the 77 he made last season and the 79 he made in 2014/15.
Not only that, but the Frenchman’s overall performances throughout this season have been average at best. Luckily for Arsenal fans, he now regularly finds himself on the bench, but he certainly shouldn’t be a part of Wenger’s or any manager’s future if a top club like Arsenal wish to move on.