Daily Mail’s Martin Samuel has claimed that some of the Arsenal players are of the sufficient quality after the club’s third consecutive home defeat.
The Gunners suffered yet another defeat at the Emirates Stadium after Wolverhampton Wanderers beat them 2-1 thanks to goals from Pedro Neto and Daniel Podence.
It seems the famed journalist is of the opinion that there are members of the squad which simply aren’t good enough to help Mikel Arteta achieve his goals.
Samuel said: “So Arteta merits sympathy. He is trying to forge a Champions League team from a group of players who have demonstrated they are not of that calibre; but it is not as if Arsenal are just falling short of the target. They are shooting for the moon, and crash-landing on the shed in their back garden.” (via Daily Mail)
How many members of the first-team squad need replacing?
It’s hard to argue with any of the reporter’s points, there are some members of the current squad, who simply aren’t of the required quality to get the club where they want to be, back in the Champions League
Take the likes of Granit Xhaka for example. The Swiss midfielder has been here since 2016, yet he still dives into tackles he has absolutely no chance of winning. It proved costly on Sunday evening when he went crashing into Adama Traore, who simply turned him and went on to help Wolves score their second of the game and the first half.
There are also the likes of Alexandre Lacazette, whose inconsistencies in front of goal are incredibly shocking, as well as Willian, who has completed 90 minutes just once and failed to score a single goal since his move from Chelsea.
Do the club want to dine among the elite of Europe? Of course, but, will they get their with their current squad? That’ll be a no from me. There are simply too many players, who aren’t up to standard and if the club are serious about backing Arteta, they’ll undergo a massive squad revamp in future windows.