Arsenal’s squad currently contains ten footballers who are not good enough to play for them, according to the club’s former forward Kevin Campbell.
The Gunners have struggled in recent weeks as they battle Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Manchester United for a place in the Premier League’s top-four.
A poor year for Arsenal? Five things you need to know…
- Unai Emery took over at Arsenal last summer following the departure of Arsene Wenger.
- The former PSG boss started life in England poorly with defeats to Man City and Chelsea.
- However, the Gunners then went on a 22-match unbeaten run in all competitions.
- Arsenal are the third highest goalscorers in the Premier League (69) behind only City (89) and Liverpool (79).
- But Emery’s side have struggled to keep the goals at bay, conceding 46 times, more than Wolves (43), Everton and Newcastle (both 44).
The Gunners are currently on a two-game losing streak in the Premier League which has impacted on their bid for a top-four place.
Arsenal lost 3-2 at home to Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace, who secured Premier League survival following their victory at the Emirates Stadium, before following that up with a 3-1 defeat on the road at seventh-placed Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Former Gunners forward Campbell, though, feels there are too many players currently under contract at the north London club who are simply not good enough to represent a side of Arsenal’s status.
Speaking on talkSPORT, Campbell said: “I think there’s probably 10 players who aren’t good enough.”
Refusing to simply blame players who have recently made individual errors in matches, Campbell stressed that Emery needs a big summer clear out if the club are to progress on both a domestic and European stage.
He continued: “I’m not just blaming Mustafi for what happened at Crystal Palace because I think it was a team thing, although he made a mistake.
“There are 10 players who Arsenal really need to look at getting out of the club.”
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Can Arsenal still make the Champions League?
In a word, yes.
Emery’s team have a lot of work to do in order to reach Europe’s premier club competition once again, but it’s in their hands, and they’ve given themselves two chances to get there.
The first route is by finishing in the top four of the Premier League, but their poor form will need to improve with fixtures against Leicester City, Brighton & Hove Albion and Burnley left to come.
They can also get there by winning the Europa League, where they’ve so far impressed, but if they get past a talented Valencia side there’s a potential final against Premier League rivals Chelsea in the final.
One thing can be said; after getting themselves in a position where they are so close to returning to the Champions League, to not do so at this stage would be devastating for Emery, his squad and the loyal Arsenal support.