Who Needs To Go At Arsenal?
Posted by Featured Articles | Published on July 5, 2016
The transfer window is upon us once again, and with it comes the annual questions of who Wenger needs to sign for Arsenal to mount a title charge, with the likes of Gonzalo Higuain, Alexandre Lacazette and Medhi Benatia all rumoured to be potential new signings for what may be Arsene Wenger’s final season at the club.
However, there is an equally important question that is quite often overlooked in the midst of all the rumours:
Who does Wenger need to sell?
1. Theo Walcott
It should be obvious to any Arsenal fan why Theo is the first name on the list. His performances in the 2015/16 season were abysmal and his abilities in finishing, dribbling and decision making have clearly deteriorated since his injury against Spurs in early 2014. His stats from last season reflect this as he managed only 9 goals and 3 assists in 43 appearances and registered only 1.8 shots per game (via WhoScored.com), which is particularly poor for a player of his quality. This is a stark contrast to the season prior to his injury as he managed 21 goals and 14 assists in all competitions (2012/13).
These stats, coupled with his inconsistent and poor performances during the 2015/16 season are clear indicators that Theo Walcott is no longer up to the standard necessary at Arsenal and should be moved on to generate additional transfer funds and allow the club to free up a large chunk of its wage budget. With potential suitors including West Ham and Manchester City, a move should definitely take place this summer.
2. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
The Ox is one of the more surprising names to make this list. Many people would regard him as one of the brightest sparks at the club, and a player who can always make an impact with his explosive pace and intricate dribbling. However, as a player, his end product is clearly lacking. In 33 Arsenal appearances last season, Oxlade-Chamberlain netted only twice and registered no assists (via WhoScored.com). Furthermore, there is a clear lack of progress from his previous seasons at the club (he scored 3 goals in each of the seasons prior to 2015/16).
With Pep Guardiola rumoured to be interested in giving the 22 year old winger a chance at Man City a loan deal at the least should be considered as his previous seasons clearly show that he has no place in a title challenging team.
3. Carl Jenkinson
Carl Jenkinson is a name that all Arsenal fans are familiar with. The boyhood Arsenal fan made his debut for the club in the 2011/12 season making 14 appearances in total before going on to make 21 and 22 appearances in the two following seasons respectively. However, with the arrival of Mathieu Debuchy and Callum Chambers in 2014 and the emergence of Hector Bellerin, Carl Jenkinson was forced out on loan to West Ham United for the 2014/15 season where he made 32 appearances for the Hammers. His loan spell was then renewed and he remained at West Ham for another season, making a further 20 appearances for them. However, with his time at West Ham ending, there isn’t much space at the club for Jenkinson.
Hector Bellerin has made the right back position his with a total of 44 appearances last season, and Callum Chambers is a very able and versatile option who is beginning to find his feet at the club. Mathieu Debuchy is also a very experienced right back who is still very capable of performing at the highest level and looks to be staying at the club.
With all this considered, a move elsewhere would be in the best interests of both Jenkinson and the club.