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2 Players Unai Emery need to scratch off the Arsenal squad this summer

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Arsenal endured an unimpressive season under Unai Emery. The season started with back to back defeats against Manchester City and Chelsea. The Gunners picked up the pieces and enjoyed an unbeaten run in the next 22-games and it looked as though they will end the season on a high. Alas, the London capitulated in the League and ended the season trophyless. Towards the end of league, we managed only  4 points from 18, after suffering defeats from mid table clubs like Crystal Palace, Everton, and Leicester City.

There were times when the managers tactics was called into the question. He was always tinkering with his selection and formation. As long as he continues at the club, the Spanish manager must stick to a tactics and not always rotate his squad. Pundits have made a case for the quality of personnel Emery has but besides that, there is a terrible culture and mentality at the club that must be erased – they feel at ease even in defeat and they are not hungry and desperate for success.

While we expect to see new players come into the squad this summer, the club must be bold enough to scrap some players off their squad.

Shkodran Mustafi

The German signed for Arsenal from Valencia in 2016 but he has in no way improved the backline of the club under Wenger and Emery. He is prone to mistakes and lacks the presence of a brick wall centre-half. Although he is relatively young, he presents a major liability for Arsenal and they must cash in on him else his value will continue to depreciate.

Rob Holding is a hope for us but whatever money gotten from the sale of Mustafi can be reinvested in the same position. We have seen that the Liverpool investment in Van Dijk has paid off and we need same.

Mesut Ozil

When he arrived Arsenal six years ago, it looked like we are a club with ambition that can attract mega stars. No doubt Ozil has proven his mettle as one of the best passers of the ball over time but somehow, this player has lost it. Maybe the manager is failing to utilise and take advantage of his genius but he is currently the biggest liability at the club given his bogus wage bill. Under Wenger, Ozil and Sanchez made a very good combination – although he was criticized then but not as much as under Emery. There are younger players that would offer more. Arsenal must do everything to get him off their books this summer.

 

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Arsenal to contend with Man United over signing of quality defender

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Manchester United are expected to be in contention for Juventus defender Merih Demiral when the transfer window reopens in January.

Though the Red Devils upgraded their defensive unit when the captured Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bisaka’s services prior to the start of the season, they haven’t been too solid at the back of the pitch.

The Premier League giants have 12 conceded goals, and Solskjaer is set to make some changes to the list of defenders at his disposal.

According to Italian media Tuttosport (via Football-Italia), the Norwegian tactician has set his eyes on the Turkish defender with a view of luring him to the Theatre of Dreams in the winter.

However, Solskjaer will need to contend with Arsenal manager Unai Emery in the race for the 20-year-old. It is believed that the Gunners manager is impressed with the report he got from his scouts who monitored the youngster’s performance against Iceland on Thursday.

The under-fire Arsenal manager has seen his defenders conceded 17 goals in 12 Premier League matches this season, a record which has led to fans displeasure.

The Spaniard is equally linked with a move for Demiral’s services as part of his plans to improve his defence in the second half of the campaign.

The same source further revealed that Serie A side AC Milan are equally keeping a close tab on the player’s situation under Maurizio Sarri, and they hope to beat the two Premier League giants to his services.

Demiral is finding regular game-time too hard to get under Sarri who prefers Leonardo Bonucci, Danielle Rugani and Matthijs de Ligt.

 

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Arsenal already identify Unai Emery’s replacement

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Arsenal have failed to record a single victory in their four previous Premier League and the Gunners faithfuls are calling for Unai Emery’s dismissal as soon as possible.

The North London club were defeated 2-0 by Leicester City on Saturday, a result which put them in the sixth position with 17 points from 12 matches.

It was earlier reported that the Gunners hierarchy are willing to respect their contractual agreement with the former PSG manager by giving him the chance to be at the helm of affairs till the end of the season but that could change anytime soon.

According to Spanish media El Confidencial, the Gunners board members are losing their patience with the Spanish tactician and they are reportedly in search of his replacement.

The same source revealed that former Barcelona and Spain head coach Luis Enrique is being considered as the best man for the job.

Enrique, who surprisingly left his post as Spain head coach this year, is heavily linked with Gunners managerial position but it is left to be seen if he will accept the offer midway through to the campaign.

Former Manchester United manager José Mourinho was earlier said to be leading the race for the job but the Arsenal’s head of football Raul Sanllehi quickly debunked the rumors.

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Arsenal star set to leave the Emirates in January

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Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka is experiencing one of his most difficult times at the Emirates Stadium since his unhealthy incident with his own fans few weeks ago.

The Swiss midfielder was appointed the Gunners captain by Unai Emery at the early stages of the season, a decision which doesn’t go well with fans.

Unfortunately, Xhaka couldn’t keep the captain’s armband for a long period of time as he was stripped off the position following his avoidable spat with his own fans during their 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace last month.

However, situation got worse for the former Borussia Monchengladbach star who has failed to feature in the last three matches played the Gunners.

To worsen the player’s situation at the Emirates Stadium, report via the Mirror claimed that Unai Emery and his employers are ready to cash-in on his services in January.

According to the British media, Arsenal board members are willing to release the Switzerland international in January even if they won’t make much profit from his sale.

It should be recalled that the Xhaka joined the Gunners from Monchengladbach in a £34m deal, but The Mirror revealed that the Gunners are expecting inexpensive offer from potential suitors when the next transfer window commences.

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