Arsenal need experience they can trust. In Cech, they have that – despite the errors that have crept into his game. Having said that, the Gunners should be hunting for a new No.1 very soon…
Bellerin has had a terrible season. He’s gone from the Premier League’s best right-back to someone you don’t want anywhere near your team. Does he deserve the rough treatment from the fans? No, the supporters are looking for any reason to be unhappy and he’s an unfortunate scapegoat. Arsenal have to help him get his confidence back and convince him to resist Barcelona’s advances.
Normally when you bring a German in, you’re expecting to get an efficient player. And that’s what Mustafi provided… to begin with. Now, he looks like a little lost boy.
He’s Arsenal’s most competent defender, but is he brave enough to stay for the long-haul? The way he’s currently playing – repeatedly coming off injured at the first opportunity – suggests a player who doesn’t want to be there anymore. He’s let them down when it really matters. He would fetch a good fee and Arsenal could sign another man with more hunger.
Won’t tackle, can’t tackle, always has an excuse. Next…
Arsenal are not going to compete with him in the side. We’re seeing the reason why Wenger shipped him out on loan. He’s a holding midfielder who’s not comfortable on the ball. For Arsenal, that’s not going to work.
When you see Xhaka play, you know he’s a player. But discipline’s a major issue – he gets frustrated without the ball and he needs to learn how to conduct himself in midfield. Can Wenger show him that? I’m not sure – he needs a stronger manager he will respect more.
What is Walcott? One minute he wants to be a centre-forward, inspired by comparisons to Thierry Henry, the next he wants to be a winger. But his decision making is poor, his crossing is poor, his finishing is poor, his movement is poor. All he’s got is pace – and that’s easy to defend against in isolation. Walcott needs to find himself another club. He’s been at Arsenal for so long and he hasn’t changed at all – except that he’s 10 years older.
Arsenal have to sell him. The Ozil-Sanchez contract debate has killed the club – and only one of them deserves a new deal. Ozil will never make a big tackle for you, nor will he stamp his authority on a tricky away match, as was demonstrated again at Crystal Palace. He hasn’t turned up in any big games since arriving at the Emirates. They have to let him go.
Someone could make Iwobi into a fantastic player, but he needs a manager to help him improve. There’s plenty of time for him, but I’m just not convinced Wenger is the man to make him better.
Read the full article on eurosport.co.uk: 'Sell Ozil and Koscielny, sack Wenger' – Paul Parker’s guide to fixing Arsenal