For a long time now, Arsenal have been the type of team that shows huge promise, but never deliver. There’s no denying that the Gunners are a very rich club, so they should put some of that money to good use more often. But when the team is almost at full capacity, more of their attention should be on their squad to determine who to offload next, in order to make space for the incoming players. Down are five players Arsenal should consider selling in January.
5. Danny Welbeck
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Danny Welbeck has been a sub-par player for years now, only being used for trivial cup games and group games in European competitions. He hardly gets any game time in the Premier League; and now that he has to compete with the likes of Aubameyang and Lacazette for a place up front, any chance of his game time improving is slim.
Another big issue with Danny Welbeck is that he’s injury prone. Even as of writing, he’s out with an ankle injury. Is this really a player that Arsenal need?
4. Mesut Ozil
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Once regarded as a magician of the midfield, especially during his time with Real Madrid, Ozil dictated the middle of the pitch. When he first arrived at Arsenal, he had a fairly successful first season. However, since that time, the German has been on a gradual decline.
One of the biggest issues with Ozil is the fact that he becomes anonymous in important matches. It’s one thing being able to dominate relegation-fodder clubs like Cardiff, Huddersfield and Burnley, but when faced with a genuine challenge, he crumbles.
Ozil’s value is still in the region of £40m, realistically, so if they were to sell him on, that sum of money would be a huge boost to their transfer budget in the winter.
3. Granit Xhaka
Granit Xhaka may have featured quite prominently for the Gunners this season, but many fans have argued that’s simply because there’s no other option. Arsenal’s depth in the midfield is poor, and so Xhaka gets a spot week in, week out, as a result of being unchallenged.
Discipline has been an issue with Xhaka in the past, and he’s no stranger to getting red cards in crucial matches, which hasn’t particularly made him a fan favourite at the Emirates.
However, it’s recently been admitted by the Swiss international that he’s not happy at the club. He spoke candidly with a Swiss newspaper about moving back to his homeland.