3 Players Arsenal should look to sell ahead of the new season

By on August 30, 2019


After an unsuccessful first season for Unai Emery, Arsenal will be looking to change their squad even more this summer and with one month of the transfer window left its important they get a move on. Here are three players the Gunners should look to get rid of:

Mezut Ozil

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Ozil has struggled in recent years. The German has gone from one of the best creative midfielders in the world to a slow, undesirable show pony who can’t now do it when the Gunners need him. His wage of £350,000 a week makes him overpaid in the current climate of the Arsenal squad. A player cannot be on that much money but be playing a bit-part role. The North London side could use Ozil’s contract for future signings and with Aaron Ramsey having left as well, the potential to get a new player in that position has never been higher. Emery has to get rid soon, in order to give him enough time to spend the wages wisely on reshaping his Arsenal squad.

Shkodran Mustafi

Well, most Arsenal fans will tell you that Mustafi just has not been good enough ever since he arrived from Valencia. Arsenal football tickets need to be sold more but with their crisis finding a solid defence the Emirates appears to be getting emptier by the season. The Gunners’ defensive problems have seemed to get worse and worse over the past few seasons, and with Mustafi at the heart of the defense its no wonder why. His positioning has been nothing short of awful and the German has come in for continuous criticism during his time in North London. It seems as though he has regressed in his ability, and despite paying just under £30 million for the centre-back, it’s unlikely that Arsenal will be able to recoup much, or any of that sum. Emery’s side are crying out for a centre-back who can partner Sokratis in the middle, and with Rob Holding coming back from injury, it’s not looking likely that Mustafi will be a key feature in his squad.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan

The Armenian at first glance was a shrewd signing for the Gunners when he joined from Premier League rivals Manchester United. However, his recent injury troubles and Arsenal’s switch of manager from Arsene Wenger to Unai Emery has the midfielder play a role on the periphery in the squad. Something that will not have pleased himself. In terms of the club, the formation that Emery often picks takes shape in three-five-two, with one attacking midfielder in behind the two strikers as well as two wing-backs supporting both the defence and attack on either side. Mkhityran does not really fit into this shape. The Armenian’s best position tends to be as an inside forward who can support the attacking play with in roads from the flanks. With Ozil potentially on his way out there may be an opportunity – although unlikely – for the attacking midfielder to make his way back into the side. Whilst his price still has some sort of value, the Gunners should cash in and try to improve other positions that are lacking in quality.