Emery told to sell Arsenal duo and bring new backline
Unai Emery has been told to sell Arsenal duo and bring in four new defenders by Gunners hero Charlie Nicholas in the summer.
Charlie says the Arsenal boss should release Mesut Ozil and Shkodran Mustafi in the summer and bring in four new defenders. Ozil revealed he is happy at Arsenal and plans to remain but has been linked with moves away from Emirates. Fellow Germany international Mustafi could also leave north London this summer after enduring another poor season at Arsenal.
“We need a whole new backline. I am disappointed that Petr Cech is retiring. I would have encouraged them to give him another year. Bernd Leno has got mistakes in him and would have benefited from Cech giving him a helping hand,” Nicholas told Sky Sports.
“‘We are looking for four defenders, so on top of the crazy situation of letting Aaron Ramsey go for nothing, it is not great. They need two centre-backs and two full-backs. Hector Bellerin will come back and play right-back, as Ainsley Maitland-Niles could be pushed on potentially. Sokratis and Sead Kolasinac are good to have as squad players. Nacho Monreal and Laurent Koscielny are getting on a bit now. Shkodran Mustafi must be released in my opinion. Konstantinos Mavropanos and Rob Holding are still to come back when they are fit.”
“It comes down to who we can get rid of. If Emery doesn’t want Mesut Ozil then get rid. Ozil is on £200,000 a week, but where will he move to? If he won’t play then Ozil won’t stay. He has got too big of a personality to stay and be on the bench. ‘If Arsenal can get him out with a transfer fee then I would. I would give the youngsters a couple more games next year and bring Reiss Nelson back while looking at a big midfielder too.”
The north London side has chipped in 51 goals throughout the Premier League campaign, with their defensive vulnerability ultimately costing them a top-four spot.