Lichtsteiner expects to leave Arsenal this summer

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Stephan Lichtsteiner says it’s likely that he’ll leave Arsenal when his one-year contract at the Emirates ends in June.

The Swiss was signed on a free transfer from Juventus last summer as back-up to Hector Bellerin but things haven’t really worked out for him.

While the 35-year-old arrived in London off the back of seven Scudettos, he quickly found that experience counts for little when you can’t cope with the pace of the Premier League.

Even when it looked like he might get a run of games in the absence of others, Unai Emery found himself turning to Ainsley Maitland-Niles and even Carl Jenkinson.

With that in mind, it seems unlikely we’ll take up the option to retain him for another 12 months.

“I see it being quite difficult to stay but we are going to see what happens,” Lichtsteiner told the Evening Standard.

“I don’t know anything. The only important thing is the Europa League Final now.

“I really want to win this cup and bring this club back to the top level, back to the Champions League and winning important titles.”

Given he’s unlikely to start in the Europa League final, it looks as though he’ll leave the club with one goal and 23 appearances to his name.

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Mistafi
Mistafi

It’s a gamble that didn’t pay off. China maybe. Cash in for one last big payday

Santori
Santori

Well..

Waste of time signing for 90K a week tied up and ushering us into the “Panic Loan’ stage last January.

Could have/Should have kept Chambers (made more of an effort). Calum would have covered at Rback (which ws incidentally his NATURAL POSITION at Soton)

But also competed for right of defense (against Mustafi) and had utility in deep midfield (in lieu of Elneny)

Which is why I am not anywhere near impressed by Mslintat…or Raul.

Kwame Ampadu Down
Kwame Ampadu Down

All of Southampton’s coaches who had him as a youth say he was never going to be a right back long term. Arsene didn’t see him as a RB. None of the Managers who have taken him on loan saw him as a RB. None of his underage England international coaches saw him as a RB……but you know best I’m sure., and his natural position is at RB.

Last summer was our best transfer window for quite a while. Everyone I know thanks that….but again you know best I’m sure, and it was a disaster.

Danny
Danny

Decent window. Letting chambers go out was a mistake though. Won’t be sorry to see lichsteiner leave to be honest. To old and too full of shit-housery for my liking. Can’t wait for hector to come back.

Don Cazorleone
Don Cazorleone

We needed more experience at the back. He brought it.
If the only thing he did while here was teach Bellerin that it was “Stephan AND Hector, not Stephan VS Hector” then it won’t have been a waste.

Goonerink

In Hindsight it was ‘stephan and Hector’ aren’t playing.

Also santori, please go get your coaching badges and take over at the spuds.
By your logic Kane’s “natural position” is a gk.

George
George

If Chambers comes back from his loan running, then it’ll have been worth it.

Leftie

What a surprise, eh?

HelderHughes
HelderHughes

Sign da t…

Oh wait, there’s no ting.

Chrispy
Chrispy

Wasnt a great signing but he was a reasonable body that didnt scare the shit out of me when he appeared on the team sheet…… unlike Mustafi

High gunner
High gunner

He wasnt good on the field, but as mentioned before I bet he was terrific off the field for a lot of our players, especially Hector And AMN

jon

Lichtsteiner is good tactically. He positions himself wisely and provides passong options going forward. But technically, he is a bit rusty. I also don’t quite like that he seems to feed on anger during games.

I guess Arsenal is his last club, and unless we are looking to invest in a new right back, he might stay another season.

Mpls
Mpls

We’ve got AMN, Chambers coming back, and the option of going with 3 Cb’s until Hector is back. And then we’re in pretty well stocked shape.

I certainly wouldn’t be against another specialist RB if you can find someone better than what we’ve got who’s willing to sit 2nd to Hector.

Man Manny
Man Manny

What if the new guy is better than Bellerin?

Mpls
Mpls

Then I’d say the money required for that is probably better spent elsewhere first.

Zircon
Zircon

i feel if we have another decent right back, AMN will play in midfield instead or even up on the wings, playing RB isn’t make full use of his talents. hopefully we can find one, so we wouldn’t have to see either AMN or Chambers playing there.

Santori
Santori

Waste of time.

Poor decision by Raul and Mslintat.

We need Jorge Campos to come in as Dir of Footy to be honest but we will likely penny pinch and those higher up (Venkatasham) lack clout will demure to Raul who wants a lesser experienced man under his thumb.

It will affect us in market.

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

Can anyone translate “lack clout will demure to Raul” to English please?

Don Cazorleone
Don Cazorleone

No, none of us speak faux-intellect

Goonerink

Even if it is real intellect, using language that you know won’t be understood because it shows how smart you are is either arrogant or ironic.
Either you are aware it is arsey and you still do or are unaware therefore showing lack of intelligence, or perhaps wisdom but that’s a different debate.

All I am saying is you are pulling a mustafi mate.
All the signs are there for some good content, but then you go and f it up by saying something stupid like I love you… Mustafi.

Flummoxed
Flummoxed

*”and will demure” I assume

David C
David C

Departures lounge is going to be busy.

I think we’ll see the following leave (assuming we can get rid of some of those big contracts):
Cech, Rambo, Welbeck, Elneny, Mustafi, Lich, Suarez, Ozil, Mkhi, Monreal

Gana
Gana

Except Monreal, I completely agree!

Laca-Sead
Laca-Sead

And Mkhi. Underrated player his transition play form defence to attack his often unnoticed. Yes he has been a bit frustrating lately but he was instrumental in our unbeaten run.

Public Elneny
Public Elneny

Overall he’s a useful player even taking into account his inconsistency. But given his age and his salary, if there is an opportunity to sell and replace him, we should really take it.

Santori
Santori

Departures :

Cech, Ramsey, Welbeck, Lichstiner (Suarez a given)

Koscielny should be let go. He has more wear and tear issues than Monreal. Monreal needs to stay bc we don’t want to (have the capcity to) deal with adding at LBack as well.

Thereafter Mustafi or Chambers, Martinez or Ospina, Ozil or Mhkitaryan depending on buyers.

Jenkinson and Elneny please give away. There are no buyers for them.

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

Suarez gone already, mate.

Scwibble
Scwibble

Ozil isn’t going anywhere.

Mpls
Mpls

Most likely true.
I just hope we find a better way of utilizing him, and he has a better go next season.

We can see how well Liverpool’s attack has done since they invested in a solid defense and dialed in their midfield.

Scwibble
Scwibble

Liverpool have Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Shaqiri and Keira. Keira is world class but apart from him their midfield doesn’t look the best in terms of individual technical quality, they do work their asses off. But if you ask me, I think they would love to have a player like Ozil in their team, Klopp would make him work hard and he would enjoy assisting their fowards.

Scwibble
Scwibble

Keita*

Sagebrush Farm
Sagebrush Farm

And Jenkinson, he seems to have been around for time immemorial. What kind of contract did he sign?

Toure Motors
Toure Motors

Jenkinson can only leave when Bonnie Tyler’s heart isn’t totally eclipsed anymore

Lobster
Lobster

Similar one to Gunnersaurus I presume.

He’s a true Gooner who everybody loves to see run around during the warm-up, but hope he stays far away from the field once the game gets going.

Harry
Harry

I also expect him to leave.

Jonas
Jonas

Great this season? No. Didn’t need to be. Did a job, always left it all on the pitch. Team player. Added some bite. No assumptions about playing/starting. Very professional.

That is not a bad signing.

goonero
goonero

Agreed, and I know it’s not something you can ever get a true measure of, but I like to think his professionalism and commitment will have had an influence on the squad. His knack for shithousery has too but overall still a net positive.

Kwame Ampadu Down
Kwame Ampadu Down

Absolutely. He was brought in as someone who could toughen up our attitude a bit….and also …how much better was Bellerin this season ? And after he got injured how much did AMN improve at RB/RWB too ? I find it hard to believe hat having one of the most experienced RBs in Europe at the club wasn’t a factor in both these things.
One year deal. Job done. We move on. Shouldn’t be negativity around his signing. Good luck to him.

Scwibble
Scwibble

I don’t know if others agree, but I have really high hopes for Ainsley Maitland Niles, like we should build around young players like him as Liverpool have done with players like Alexander Arnold.

Mpls
Mpls

He improves year on year and did across this season on a whole. But we’ve got to dial in his position before we can build around him. Goes for all of the young players, really.

We’ve got Hector coming back a little into next season, so AMN will have to find yet another position and then try to perform well enough there to make it his.

Kwame Ampadu Down
Kwame Ampadu Down

4-2-3-1 next season with AMN ahead of Bellerin.

Maul Person
Maul Person

Am keenly curious to hear why you suggest dropping our first choice RB behind a player whose best / natural position… isn’t as an RB.

Kwame Ampadu Down
Kwame Ampadu Down

Eh…. I’m not. I’m suggesting playing both in the same team. AMN on right of midfield.

Maul Person
Maul Person

Ah… ahead positionally not in pecking order. Gotcha. Is that his (AMN’s) position, though?

Mpls
Mpls

That’s really the core of it. Nobody really knows. He’s played LB, RB, RWB most at first team level, DM with the academy but hasn’t had many shifts there for us and when he did looked like he needed some development.

We don’t have any idea right now if he can force his way into a midfield with Torreira, Xhaka, and Guendouzi. He may well be capable, just don’t know.

Up at RW he’d be possibly in competition with Reece Nelson, or a new wide addition.

Jonas
Jonas

Right!

Jonas
Jonas

Exactly

Supergirlfootballer
Supergirlfootballer

I like that he seemed quite passionate and not afraid to shout at people (our players, opposition and officials!) When perhaps they needed shouting at. That’s something we’ve not got an abundance of and his experience and professionalism will have been a good example to the younger players

Jack4343
Jack4343

Unfortunately, the narrative towards him is a bit tainted because he would up playing in matches he was never supposed to play in due to Bellerin’s injury. He was brought in to spell Hector in cups and group stage Europa league matches and to give Hector some veteran leadership from a guy who has a ton of experience in sides that celebrated many championships. That part worked as Hector looked much sharper this year and I’d give Lichtsteiner some credit for that. We could do worse than offering him a defensive coaching role with the club.

Santori
Santori

Waste of time by Mslintat.

Could have done better to keep Chambers.

He would have covered Rback which was his NATURAL position at Soton but also cover right of defense in competition with Mustafi AND at DM in lieu of mediocre Elneny.

Instead we saddled the wage bill with another 90K per week and had to resort to panic loans in January.

Nah.

Hantal
Hantal

Decent season if only for the aggro against the homeless

Sue

👋

Richie

We probably should have kept Chambers instead of signing Leitchsteiner; not only would it have saved 5.2 million in wages but it would have benefited Chambers’s progression playing in our Europa League and domestic cup matches and training with us on a daily basis.

Jack
Jack

I reckon scrapping for survival in the relegation zone for a season has probably benefitted his progression much more. Every time I’ve watched Fulham on TV he’s been one of the standout players. Hoping he cements a place in our back 3 next season

Ealing
Ealing

We all agree that Chambers was more than good enough for Fulham (a team in the bottom 3). Is he going to be good enough for a team which needs to be in the top 4?
I’m hopeful!

Ausdrexler
Ausdrexler

Exactly, as a player he has beneffitted from the Fulham loan. He may not have developed anywhere enar as well if he stayed at Arsenal and found opportunities limitted. You want your frienge guys to go out on loan and play and improve. Chambers has done that. Arsenal will benefit now as a result.

Jack4343
Jack4343

Chambers as right back? Ask Montengro how that turned out.

Jack4343
Jack4343

Montero from Swansea…not Montengro the country. But then again, they probably would agree.

Danny
Danny

That was one game when he was about 19.

Jack4343
Jack4343

I like Chambers but not as a full back. No where near fast enough. I’d give him a shot in center half or defensive midfield. Not sure he’s a starting 11 top 4 player but very servicable as a squad player.

Nosferatu
Nosferatu

To be fair, if we were just assessing pace, would you bet on Chambers or Lichtsteiner if they were racing in 100 meters today? (Or maybe especially if they had to race after already playing 60 minutes of football?)

Jack4343
Jack4343

Chambers without a doubt. However, I wouldn’t choose either as a starting 11 player. Squad cover yes but I think Chambers is more suited in midfield. I think he’s closer to being a starting 11 player in that role than either center half or full back.

Scwibble
Scwibble

He did his best and gave his all, I don’t really care for negative opinions on his stay here because when things were going right everyone said he was the bastard we needed blah blah blah

Santori
Santori

My own take of our players this season somewhat more nuanced and not so subject to hysteria :

1) Leno – Really came to the fore this season. Still improvements to be made in some areas but some fine saves this season and we should be confident moving forward with him.

2) Bellerin – Unfortunately injured but clearly a very important piece of our system. Still the more balanced player between attack and defense. My main issue with him is we are very dependent on him to make width out right. Perhaps it was a blessing in disguise that we were forced to contemplate what options we have without him.

3) AMN – This IS his NATURAL POSITION at Rback. Its rubbish to think otherwise or go searching for unicorns.

He has the natural capacity to play the position as he amply demonstrated the season before on the left side(not his natural side). he should continue now as deputy/challenge to Bellerin.

His game of course needs improvement. Particularly he tends to be sometimes too casual but the relaxed style of play also very much his merit. His strength is his recovery rate. just when it seems a player has passed him, somehow he manages to tackle them.

Also improved is his forward play with some excellent balls in from the right side. Night and day head and shoulders over (err) Jenkinson. As we’ve seen with Bellerin it takes a bit of time to have younger players gain consistency and this will be his challenge now.

4) Mustafi – Again, people tend to be hysteric with this player. Yes he isn’t the best defender by any means and yes he makes too many high profile mistakes but these have also been highly over amplified and the main problem is most people tend not to judge a player by what is concrete in front of them rather let their sentiment on what they feel he is colour them. They go looking for mistakes whilst conveniently ignoring good things.

And Mustafi has some good parts to his game. He has put in some good games through the season with critical blocks but he is also incredibly strong in the air and we notice that the team uses him (particularly in absence of Granit) to provide the long ball out from defense.

Against Burnley for example, he made one gorgeous long ball to Aubameyang setting up a good opportunity. Again people like to blame him for all the woes but he isnt the only player making mistakes. He certainly wasn’t involved when we were decimated by Wolves and he put in a good performance next game against Leicester.

Will we sell him? Depends. Question is who would buy him. And I think with (IF hopefully) a new Cback in, we will still need depth in defense. Assuming Holding returns, Sokratis, new Cback, then the issue is if he will stay as 4th choice or if Chambers will stay.

5) Sokratis – Decent season with plenty of no nonsense display. BUT as clearly seen in games like against Wolves, the defense (Mustafi or otherwise) is not the only issue with defending. Sokratis can be over aggressive and a risk to suspension plus ALL our Cbacks give away cheap free kicks unnecessarily in dangerous areas.

BUT overall, he is a good bet to start with a new CBACK or Holding next season.

6) Koscielny – He has been massive for us over the years and stepped in this season to do his shift but I feel we will be risking one season too many with him next year. At 33 (same as Monreal) he carries too many wear and tear issues and durability will become a problem.

We should bring in a quality (not necessarily expensive) Cback option (preferably 23-28yrs) to replace him.

7) Holding – Showed such great promise early in season (in back 3). Unfortunate injury. He is unflappable which is his strength. Doesn’t mean he has no mistakes either but I think we should expect more from him next season

8) Mavropanos – He has the frame for promise but clearly thoese who think he is ‘better’ than Mustafi need to get their heads checked.

Still very raw and needs to frankly go out on a strong loan to accelerate his development.

9) Chambers – By all accounts, he did well at Fulham with the caveat that Fulham were abject. Needs to be assessed this summer should he want to stay. I like his versatility covering Rback (his original NATURAL position at Soton) but also at Cback and at deep midfield/DM.

But does he want to be an Elneny from the bench? Ceratinly a better option than the Egyptian but ambition comes to mind.

10) Monreal – He’s been OK this season but there have been equal moments he has been positionally suspect or caught unaware.

Still we will likely keep him for another season to cover for Kolasinac particularly as we have many more critical areas to have to tackle and invest a small pool of money over.

His utility in back 3 will be useful if should we not find solution to properly go to back 4 next season.

11) Kolasinac – He flourishes at Wingback which is why back 3 suited us better. Has developed a good intuition with Iwobi but his game dropped a bit I felt toward end of season where he made a lot more poor passes.

Still his ability to engage and take on (for a big bloke very tight feet) key to our better penetration from the left side.

Needs to work on defensive side where Monreal is much more astute. Kolasinac tends to switch off and he’ll also have to work on set piece defending.

12) Granit – Another that is seen through the prism of bias pre-judgement by most.

He is at this point critical to the team. No surprise (except to his detractors) that he starts most games ahead of Torreira.

His long range passing is crucial to our quicker transition and he switches focus of play very quickly.

Last game against Bunrley it was very evident we suffered from poor set piece delivery without Granit (Mhkitaryan guilty)

Also from corner kicks, he is consistent putting in very good balls into the box. Has improved in his defensive ability, protection of the ball and positioning.

Awareness tracking runners into the box still an issue but it is equally an issue with Torreira and Guendouzi.

Overall he has done well this season.

13) Torreira – If Granit is overly criticised, this chap is overly lauded.

He has shortcomings and I don’t mean his height alone.

Sure I like his tenacity, graft and ability to ferret the ball but he has also been guilty of not tracking players or getting bullied off the ball.

Inconvenient truth to some but over a spell either side of Xmas, we shed 11 points to BHA, Soton away, West Ham and United (plus Liverpool)…of which Torreira lost the ball or was fleeced of it 6 or 7 times in critical areas, 4 of which led directly to goals against us.

So not the complete package some people get confused with when they think he is a ambidextrous Santi Carzola who can retain possession for us.

He is not, although all the same a welcome addition to midfield with some added bite at least.

14) Guendouzi – A great first season considering he is only 19yrs when season kicked off.

Some excellent instinct and overall good awareness, always energetic and driving us forward. Great things to come from perhaps one of the best buys by Mslintat (and I am critical of him)…albeit I suspect there is input form Unai.

He has the energy and fight to be heir to Ramsey.

15) Ramsey – I always felt he made a better deep lying player. Some seasons back we had him next to Flamini which worked well for half the season but then we ended up on the back end of some hefty defeats. Primarily Flamini tried to push forward to make up for our paucity attacking (ironically with some of our better attacking assets like Alexis back) but it then isolated the aging Flamini.

Then he was tried higher up which I felt did and did not work. With space and on the counter, it worked a treat as he reaped goals gambling into the box.

BUT with teams congesting the box, he had a hard time receiving bc he tends not to be bale to turn with it (Horrid turning circle) and the ball came straight back to defense

This season in the centre of midfield (next to Granit who has also improved his ability to receive and turn with the ball better), he has (as I always suspected) benefited from the extra time and space to pick forward passes.

Pity then we are losing him as he is entering the best years. BUT that is a seperaete issue of course with our contract negotiation team

16) Ozil – I think he has improved with off ball work but he still doesn’t make the runs necessary at times to support the players around him.

There is argument to sell him on account of poor assists record this season and the lack of ‘availability’ but mainly his wages.

The issue will of course be, who would buy him? And if not, we have to find a way to get the best out of him. He still provides plenty of excellent passes (particularly to the front two) but clearly Unai would prefer (RIGHTLY) to set the bar higher for him.

17) Mhkitaryan – We bought a player of quality that is on the wane when we really needed a Rwinger.

He’s been hit and miss this season. Clearly not the solution out right, sometimes plays very sharp balls but at other times gets it all wrong. With Ramsey leaving, it seems (should we not sell him) he will be a useful surrogate to Ozil in the playmaker role which best suits him.

Maybe a run of games will sharpen him up a bit more but this season he has been underwhelming.

18) Iwobi – A spark for us even if he can’t shoot to save his life.

No surprise (in conjunction with Kolasinac) that most of the attack and opportunities come down the left for us. It has been the case for a while now (even with Alexis) but is even more unbalanced with Bellerin out (AMN a saving grace)

His ability to hold, dribble with the ball and take on players (on his own) is key and an asset in the squad that is in short supply particularly against teams sitting compact and holding in depth around the box against us.

Needs to work on his shooting but his decision making for crosses much better as expected with age (23yrs is when Walcott and Ramsey also got better)

Some excellent assists this season.

He needs help on other flank.

19) Aubameyang – Excellent season by all accounts with golden boot. BUT still room for improvement which is ominous for opponents.

Because he conspires to miss too many chances still. When you think had he put in the opportunity gifted to him against BHA, we would have take two extra points and been in CL, he would have been outright golden boot winner…its simply astounding.

He needs to also improve with his competition for high balls (right now its a zero) plus his ability to retain the ball for us (lost it too many times which put us/particularly defense straight back under duress and we know how our defense copes under pressure)

His competitiveness later games seems to have improved, particularly stung from that BHA game and he also started in last two or 3 games (Valencia, Burnley) to move to the ball more proactively rather than wait for proverbial “service” to come to him.

20) Lacazette. Player of the season. he sets the standard.

Also can improve in taking his chances, but he creates a lot of opportunities for himself, holds the ball well and distributes it brilliantly. Also added take ons to his repetoire this season taking some load off of Iwobi.

Comes deep to receive or defend which is examplary.

Hope he gets a call up for France.

21) Lichsteiner – Waste of time signing which saddled us with another player on 90K a week and ushered in the ‘panic loan’ era in January courtesy of Mslintat/Raul.

He’s not a bad player but availability makes you wonder why we did not try harder to retain Chambers services in the first place. As mentioned he could have covered Rback (NATURAL position) Cback and DM.

22) Jenkinson – Complete waste of time.

Those criticising Mustafi should ask themselves what the point of Jenkinson is.

Poor for this level (never mind his affiliations) We should not be sentimental because he lacks capability. BUT who would buy him for his prodigious talents?

23) Elneny – I think he is an average player who is diligent and content sitting on the bench for us.

BUT we need a BETTER option because even with Torreira, we lack capabilities in midfield.

In particular we lack the sort of player (like Viera, Diaby Santi) who can hold the ball at will at feet, and carry it up the spine.

We don’t have this player.

Elneny does some good stuff and is decent defensively but does not add anything beyond that and this squad needs better in the engine room to rotate along with Granit, Torreira and Guendouzi

24) Willock – Again some people (who champion Mavro) get themselves wet with every next new young academy player believing them to be better than they actually are.

Willock shows a lot of promise and he should get more time around the first squad but I don’t think he is the answer enough for me. We need better and ready made to come in even if Willock could challenge in near future.

OTOH if you want someone content with sitting on the bench and play the ocassional part (read Elneny0, than rather Willock.

25) Nketiah – In absence of Welbeck this season, Eddie has had a good chance to stake a claim. On few occasions he has been afforded, we see a player with great natural instinct for goals and someone who is willing to try something different.

I’m torn between him staying around the squad next season or going out on a very storng loan (maybe second half of season)

Regardless, with Welbeck leaving and ONLY two senior strikers (both 28 and 30yrs in prime years), we could well do with one more option (even with Nketiah) to come in to develop.

Preferably IMO someone 21/22yrs and with a bit of height.

26) Cech – Putting him at the end. I think he’s calling time as he looks slower in reflexes slightly now.

Great servant to us even if his prime years was with Chelsea.

Hope we bow out with the europa against them and deliver a medal for Cech, Ramsey and Koscielny to go out with in style. They deserve it.

27) Sakho – Special mention …Saw only glimpses of this young fellow. One for the future but very exciting prospect.

santori
santori

Forgot to mention

28) Suarez – Hard for him as he had very limited opportunities but clearly did not do enough to make a strong impression. Seems short on confidence.

Mother
Mother

No one ever:

Santori: HERE’S MY IN DEPTH ANALYSIS ON EVERY ARSENAL PLAYER THIS SEASON

Don Cazorleone
Don Cazorleone

Any chance of a word count limit, Blogs?

Ricky
Ricky

Better yet can we eliminate Santori’s access all together. Can’t see the same bullshit any longer…

Goonerink

Finally got to the end…

.. Fingers.. Bloody and numb…
I’ve not eaten in 3 days..
But I finally got to the end of the post!
Only to find you’ve misnamed a player.
Saka not sakho

Santori
Santori

In terms of what we need form market, as I mentioned :

HIGH PRIORITY
1) Cback. A good one preferably with height and 23-28yrs. Doesn’t have to be well known name or break the bank though.

Sokratis, Holding, New Cback.

Then its one of Mustafi or Chambers depending on buyers and who wants to leave/or stay.

Mavropanos out on loan to develop.

Monreal also available in a back 3 if need be for one more season so we have 5 for redundancy into 3 (or a back 4)

2) CM. Torreira has not been the complete answer.

We have positives with all the current midfielders

Granit has improved defensive awareness and ability to receive and hold the ball with back to opponent. His distribution is key.

Torreria adds bite if he has shortcomings not just in height.

Guendouzi still young but adds energy and drive not to mention always puts us on the front foot.

BUT we lack the (Diaby, Viera, Santi) type that can hold the ball at will either through finesse (Santi’s two feet), sheer physicality (Viera) or a combination of both (Diaby unfortunately sporadically bc of injuries)

We need to find someone like that. Kongdogbia at Valencia looks an interesting prospect now with more experience under the belt. If not two Portugese plying mid table Andre Gomes (Everton on loan from Barca) or Ruben Neves (Wolves). There’s I’m sure others out there.

3) RWING – Outstanding and criminally neglected.

We’ve had this requirement even when we had Alexis. Arguably it makes it easy to defend against us because the opponents know they just have to shut down our left.

We then relied on Belllerin too much to make the balance and created other issues behind him (mustafi having to bear the brunt of shifting right to cover the gap last season)

We had opportunity to add Mahrez last January instead Mslintast of course lay us prey to Raiolla and United and we ended up with Mhkitaryan (instead of focusing on locking down Ramsey against Ozil)

This summer, we hopefully bring in a Rwinger (in addition to Nelson)

We will need players who can dribble (in short supply at the moment) to better attack into the box against teams set up deep and congesting our passing lines (suffocating the likes of Ramsey, Ozil and Mkhitaryan)

Ziyech at Ajax would be great at 26yrs an inverted left footer playing right side much as Iwobi is an inverted right footer playing on the left. Or someone as such, there are many options. Thauvin, Neres, Pepe, Lonzano I even mentioned the wild card Carrasco last Summer.

Then less priority we have to watch

4) Keeper – Who backs up Leno? Should Martinez get the nod? Is Ospina finally off? We don;t have to break the bank here with careful management.

5) Striker – With Welbeck leaving preferably another to come in in contention with the eager and natural Nketiah. Should one of the top end strikers get knocked next season, we will need goals from one of the back ups.

Again we don;t have to spend but we need to identify someone who is potential to replace Laca and Auba several years down now.

Preferably someone with height age 21/22yrs.

If we can add 3 critical positions (Again a CL spot will be extremely helpful in fighting this case) PLUS 2 less critical positions as mentioned, we will be good for next season.

BUT we need technical players because that is a bit lacking in the squad now compared to our rivals.

OUT – Cech, Ramsey, Welbeck, Lichstiner which will free up wages.

Then Jenkinson and Elneny if we can even find a buyer for their prodigious talents.

Also Koscielny should be let go.

Possibilities thereafter dependent again on buyers (foolhardy enough to part money) – Ozil or Mhkitaryan, Mustafi or Chambers, Martinez or Ospina.

Danny
Danny

Fuck a duck. You’ve got far too much time on your hands!

Mayor McCheese
Mayor McCheese

I liked Lichtsteiner. In retirement, I expect to see his face as the mascot for a company selling frankfurters or popcorn. Put an apron and a little hat on the fella, perfecto.

Josheha
Josheha

We’ve had plenty of real dross over the years I’m glad he wasn’t one of them. Loved his in your face attitude and niggling ways something we’ve been missing for long time he came in did a job and leaves us maybe a bit or much better (depending on your view Point) than when he arrived. I wish him all the best in his next adventures.

Liam
Liam

Signing defenders over the age of 30 with no Premier League experience almost always ends in failure. I hope Emery and Co are taking a look at Max Aarons, the young wing back at Norwich. Would be a fantastic addition to the squad

Leon
Leon

God I hope he leaves.
He cannot have too many complaints though – a years salary for doing nothing…

Peter Story Teller
Peter Story Teller

The guy did nothing wrong he just got old and unfortuately the pace of the Premier League is high.
Good luck to him and perhaps he can impart some of that knowledge from experience onto younger shoulders.

Anthony
Anthony

Solid professional, at his age though never really able to keep up with the pace required for the EPL.

Certainly not the worst signing we’ve ever made.

Thanks and good luck.

Punter
Punter

I liked the fight he picked up with Eric Dier at the Emirates. His only moment of usefulness all season.

Mark
Mark

He played about as most would have expected at his age. Certainly wasn’t one of the main problems for the squad this year and in some ways his lack of form was a blessing in disguise as it allowed AMN to get more game time which is more valuable for the long term.

OnlyBeingHonest
OnlyBeingHonest

a perfect example of why bargain hunting isnt always a good idea,