5) Petr Cech
The former Chelsea goalkeeper achieved a massive feat last weekend as he became the first goalkeeper to keep 200 clean sheets in the English game. Cech has been a great servant to the Premier league, first with Chelsea and then with Arsenal. The towering goalkeeper was at times Arsenal’s best player this season; however, he has been guilty many times as well. The goal he conceded against Swansea was so unlike Petr Cech. Now 35, Cech is unarguably in the twilight of his career and therefore, the Gunners could be enticed into replacing him. Big Pete though is a huge presence in the dressing room and Arsene Wenger must be wary of letting go off one of the senior players.
4) Santi Cazorla
On his day, one of the finest midfielders, Santi Cazorla has had terrible luck with injuries in recent seasons. In fact, it is hard to even remember properly when exactly the Spaniard last played for the Gunners. His presence on the pitch has been a huge miss for the club, as he is one of the most consistent players and exudes much needed confidence. His absence has certainly added to the pressure on Mesut Ozil, with the Turkish now the only real creator in the Gunners’ lineup. With injuries taking its toll, it is about time, Wenger invests heavily in order to get a suitable replacement for their midfielder.
3) Per Mertesacker
The German is set to bring end to his career at the end of the season, having won the World Cup in 2014. One of the criticisms for Mertesacker has been his inability to produce the same form for Arsenal. Despite that, over the years, he has remained among Arsenal’s best performers. Like Cech, Mertesacker is a huge presence in the dressing room and therefore Wenger needs to be proactive in replacing him. Someone like Van Djik would have been an ideal replacement for the retiring German; nevertheless, Arsenal should instead concentrate on bringing in Van Djik’s compatriot, Stefan De Vrij who will be available on a free transfer this summer.
2) Granit Xhaka
Once touted as a potential replacement for Xabi Alonso at Bayern by the legendary Ottmar Hitzfield, Xhaka is now at a crossroads moment in his Arsenal career. Not an utter failure by any means, Xhaka has regularly shown signs of his potential. However, he has nicely summed up Arsenal. So beautiful in some games but when the things get tough, Xhaka is unable to up his game with his sloppy passes and weak tackles every now and then. Signed for 35 million, everybody certainly expected Xhaka to perform much more consistently than he has done. Arsene Wenger needs to make sure of getting a strong holding midfielder this summer if Arsenal are to contest for the Champions league spot next term.
Signed from Valencia after an impressive season at the Mestalla, fans expected Mustafi to partner Koscielny at the heart of the defence and stabilise the Gunners. Contrary to expectations though, his lack of concentration at times is just horrendous to watch. The goal he conceded in the league cup final aptly describes Mustafi’s game when he missed a shocker letting Aguero through. He has been one of the worst performers this season, and Wenger surely needs to replace him.