The Gunners look set to once again finish in those coveted top four places thanks to the 26 combined goals of strike pair Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud but not all of Arsenal’s squad have been pulling their weight.
The team still needs improving and these three should make way for some new additions…
Walcott is coming to the end of his current Arsenal contract and is said to be willing to leave North London if he does not receive the guarantee of regular football.
Liverpool havw been touted as a possible destination for the 26-year-old forward/winger, especially if their own Raheem Sterling decides to leave. Walcott has been a Gunner since he was 17, so a move would be a big moment in his career and I’m sure he’d prefer to stay at the Emirates, but competition to start at Arsenal has become intense.
Good form from players like Olivier Giroud and new boys Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck have meant that more often than not Walcott is warming the bench.
Unfortunately his 10 months off due to an injury allowed others to take his place, but manager Arsene Wenger shouldn’t change a winning formula just to keep the young man at the club.
A controversial choice considering his wealth of experience and perhaps he does deserve one more season to prove his worth, but only if he improves his attitude and work rate.
Ozil joined Arsenal in 2013 in what was a major coup for the Gunners at a record breaking fee of £42.5million. The ex-Real Madrid man was seen as a remarkable talent who would undoubtedly breathe new life into Arsenal’s midfield, but his first two years have been anything but exceptional. Ozil looks a shadow of the player he once was in La Liga, appearing unsure, less technically gifted and he gives away the ball more than he should.
With players like Santi Cazorla firing up their midfield Arsenal don’t really need a player who doesn’t want to give his all and is more interested in swapping shirts and partying. If Wenger can get Ozil focussed then he’s worth keeping. Otherwise they should flog him to the highest bidder.
The 34 year old didn’t start a single game prior to Boxing Day this season and has since only made five league starts in total. Lack of first team football led the Czech Republic international to consider a move in January but he stuck it out.
At his age Rosicky is unlikely to truly challenge young players like Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for considerable minutes so if he’s unhappy then Arsenal should just let him go.
Arsenal are particularly strong going forward and competition is fierce, so if Rosicky is not willing to play his back-up role then he should find a club that will give him the time and opportunities he thinks he deserves.
With only one year left of his contract, Arsenal need to get some money from him this summer or risk him leaving for free next year.
Arsenal have enjoyed a good campaign, looking particularly strong up front and I don’t think the departure of these three would have a major impact next season.
They will surely conduct some business in the summer transfer window with emphasis on signing a defensive midfielder and by letting these three go the Gunners will have a bit more cash to splash on players that will strengthen their next assault on the title.