Arsenal’s season has been far from exemplary with the Gunners finding themselves in 9th place in the Premier League.
Results haven’t gone their way, bookies like Virgin bet have often had them as underdogs going into matches throughout the season, and at times and the football has been a world away from the quality we have grown to witness over the years at The Emirates.
This summer the club will need a real shuffle in their squad with plenty of players not up to par for the expectations or demand of securing a top four spot in the Premier League.
Today, we look at three players that Arsenal must replace in the summer if they have hopes of attaining Champions League football next season…
- Hector Bellerin
The Spaniard has been a stalemate at the club for almost 10 years since joining the U18’s back in 2011. During that time Bellerin cemented his spot at right-back with his blistering pace and fantastic attacking ability – however, a cruciate ligament rupture back in 2019 derailed the defender completely and he hasn’t been the same since.
- Bernd Leno
It seemed a great deal for the Gunners when they signed Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen in 2018 for £22.5million. The German came with plenty of pedigree and fans felt the club had finally found their new No.1.
Sadly, for the club and the fans, that hasn’t quite been the case at times and Leno has made more than a few silly mistakes and doesn’t stack up to the other top goalkeepers in the Premier League. In three seasons at the club, Leno has made 8 errors leading to a goal, as well as just 23 clean sheets in 96 appearances.
- Granit Xhaka
The midfielder has let his emotions boil over more times than you can count on both hands during his time at Arsenal.
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Xhaka joined with a big reputation behind him from his time at Borussia Monchengladbach, with the Gunners paying more than £40million for his services. It is safe to say that the Swiss international hasn’t quite lived up to what was expected of him, and his discipline and mistakes have been far too costly.
Nine errors leading to goals, 42 yellow cards, and 3 red cards in four seasons is far too much for a player that is meant to set an example for the rest of the squad.