The Gunners have come out this season with heavy artillery and all guns blazing. Arsene Wenger's team are still in contention for an unprecedented quadruple trophy haul, starting with the Carling Cup final at Wembley.
The manager seems to have finally found the perfect squad rotation formula to effectively compete in all four major competitions this season...or has he?
While Arsenal remain in title contention, Wenger should take a step back and take a long hard look at his squad. He will have to admit that there exists a largely conspicuous gulf of class between the first 11 and backups at the club. The starting 11 are world class, indispensable to Arsenal's success. The same, however, cannot be said for the players on the bench.
This was evident during the third and fourth-round FA Cup ties, whereby the services of captain Cesc Fabregas were required to make right the mess created by the backups, on both occasions respectively.
The manager should thus make an unbiased analysis of these players and decide if they are capable of donning the Arsenal shirt. If the North London outfit are to live up to the "Victoria Concordia Crescit" culture, changes have to be made—and soon.
Here are five players that have underperformed this season and should face the exit doors.