Well, it's another trophyless season yet again for the Gunners. Fans are protesting, jeering and displaying all kinds of signs of disapproval and disappointment over the players, Wenger and the board. From fighting for four trophies to fourth place in the League, fans have reason to voice their disappointment.
This summer will be crucial to Arsenal's chances for silverware next season, the pressure is mounting on the club and on Wenger to start spending money and showing intent on ending the drought. In that event, I decided to make a list of players who I believe should leave the club; these players I believe aren't good enough and haven't shown the heart and guts to play for the club.
It's only a personal opinion, please don't be offended and please share your thoughts and opinions.
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Oh boy... what can I say about him. Denilson was a Brazilian youth international captain and considered a huge prospect when he signed for the Gunners. He showed his huge potential during the Gunners' sensational run to the League Cup final against Chelsea in 2006, but has gone downhill ever since. His move from a Cesc Fabregas-like position in midfield to a defensive midfielder destroyed him. His fragility, hesitance and lack of confidence, have turned him into a disliked player by the Gunner fans.
He is bound to transfer in the summer transfer window, and many won't shed a tear.
Am I the only one that has had enough with his arrogance and overconfidence?! He might have an acceptable scoring record, but Nicklas Bendtner, rarely displays his "talents." He has scored memorable hat-tricks against Porto and Leyton Orient, but he rarely shows any consistency whatsoever. Bendtner misses open goals for fun and he still boasts about being "one of the best strikers in the world."
His performance against Burnley, in the 3-1 win last season, has got to be one of the worst finishing performances I've ever seen. If Wenger receives an offer of around the reported £15 million pounds by the press, then I would drive Bendtner to the airport myself.
Arrived at Arsenal as an understudy to Jens Lehmann, and soon became the No. 1 goalkeeper after Lehmann's disastrous start to the 2007-2008 season. Almunia has put in some notable performances, particulary against both Manchester United (2009-2010 Champions League Semi-Final first leg) and Barcelona (this season's Second Round Champions League second leg), but he has been largely inconsistent and unreliable. He doesn't have the character and stability that previous Arsenal keepers like David Seaman and Jens Lehmann possessed. He is obviously not good enough to be a big club goalkeeper and is bound to leave this summer, and Arsenal fans will be largely pleased with that.
Remember, Almunia arrived at Arsenal being the understudy to Barcelona's current No. 2 goalkeeper Jose Pinto, when they were at Celta Vigo.
Oh man, one of the few players I feel sorry for, Tomas Rosicky was once one of the best midfielders in Europe. He was a star with Borussia Dortmund and with Czech Republic national side, he had a great start to his Gunner career with some great performances and goals, especially that goal against Liverpool in the FA Cup Thirrd Round ( check it out through this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOhy35GvnYk).
His spate of injuries has taken its toll on the talented playmaker, however, and Rosciky has suffered this season with a series of poor performances whenver he has the chance. He's no longer a first-choice player, and would probably be the best for everyone involved, if Rosicky leaves. It would be a sad end for a promising Arsenal career for the "Little Mozart."
What is wrong with Wenger, bringing in French centerbacks who turn out to be walking time-bombs (Pascal Cygan and Mikael Silvestre)?! Squillaci has got to be included as one of the worst transfers in all of Europe, based on his poor performances and transfer value (around £6 million pounds). He has looked shaky all season with an all-time low performance against West Brom, where he was turned inside out by Peter Odemwingie and was involved in a shocking mix-up and misunderstanding with Manuel Almunia, for West Brom's second goal.
Squillaci was supposed to bring in steel and calmness to the Arsenal backline, with his experience and proven track record of winning trophies (he has won two French league titles, the French Cup with Lyon and the UEFA Cup with Sevilla along with the Copa Del Rey) and should've been a top signing for the Gunners. But he has shown nothing to be considered a top signing with nervy and shaky performances throughout that has led to him being the last in line in the central defender position.
To sum it up, a huge, huge flop.
Another player I feel sorry for, Diaby was a player who had and still has huge potential and probably would've achieved it, if it wasn't for that horrible tackle he suffered against Sunderland which broke his leg at the age of 18. Diaby is likened to Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira, due to his physical capabilities and prowess.
Diaby has suffered a spate of injuries ever since he recovered from that horrific leg break. His progess has slowed down significantly and he has been inconsistent with his performances. He obviously has bags of talent, but injuries have taken its toll on Diaby and he is way behind in the fight for a place in midfield.
He is not getting enough games and hasn't been consistent enough, and it will probably be for the best if Diaby leaves.
This is a player I'm still debating about, French international Gael Clichy, who has been with the club ever since he was a teen and is the first-choice left back at the club. Clichy, just a few years ago, was considered the best left back in the Premier League, but ever since that season (2007-2008), he has gone backwards and has become somewhat of a liability within the team with a series of poor displays.
I am still baffled by his inconsistent displays. When he's at his best, he's one of the best around, but he's not showing that on a consistent basis. With Kieran Gibbs already considered a good prospect at left back and Clichy being linked with a big money move.... should Wenger cash in on him? Should Wenger trust the injury prone Kieran Gibbs?
What do you think? Is there another player that I forgot to include? Was I harsh on a player? Please share your opinions and thoughts.
Cheers and take care,
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