Ex-Arsenal star urges 'ruthless' Wenger: here's who he should ditch

Former Gunners defender Mikael Silvestre has called on Arsene Wenger to be more 'ruthless'. To help him, here's five stars who should go.


Former Arsenal defender Mikael Silvestre has, in discussions with BBC Radio Five Live, urged Arsene Wenger to be more 'ruthless' in light of their shock Champions League defeat to Monaco.

The French star, who played at The Emirates for two seasons, accused his compatriot of being too relaxed with his players, even after failure.

Backing the ex-Manchester United man, here we look at five players Wenger needs to be especially ruthless with - and show them the exit door.

5. Per Mertesacker

The big German centre-half has just not convinced in England.

He might have a World Cup winner's medal to his name, but he's been anything but a world beater for the Gunners.

The 30-year-old, known as 'BFG', is one of just two players to be involved in eight of Arsenal's defeats this season - the other being Santi Cazorla.

Perhaps incredibly, and in his defence, Mertesacker has only conceded six fouls all season - but maybe he needs to get stuck in a bit more.

4. Kieran Gibbs

A difficult one, because everyone likes to see a home-grown talent made good.

But, the fact is, Gibbs can be a liability when in possession. The numbers speak for themselves - he has lost the ball more than any other defender, 323 times.

He's also beaten in the air more often than he's not - losing 46 aerial duels to 33 - and loses around half of his duels with opposition players.

He's also committed 26 fouls to Mertesacker's six this term.

3. Danny Welbeck

The one decision that Louis Van Gaal appears to have made correctly this season was moving Welbeck on, claiming he wasn't clinical enough to be a main-line striker.

And, despite an impressive start to life in North London, that analysis has come true.

Welbeck has missed more 'big chances' than any other Gunner, the exact thing LVG said he'd do.

Had he been more clinical in those moments, Welbz would've contributed eight more goals to Arsenal's cause.

But it's not like he's made up for his wayward shooting by turning creator - conjuring just three clear-cut chances for team-mates, compared to Alexis Sanchez's 15. In context, that's as creative as Hector Bellerin.

Almost 40% of Welbeck's attempts at goal are off-target, again out-done by Sanchez, who has a 72% accuracy rate.

2. Wojciech Szczesny

One that Wenger has made steps towards sidelining.

The Polish stopper has fallen foul of his boss for on and off-field gaffes, to the relief of the club's fans - as he's had more errors that have lead to a goal or shot than any other Gunner.

With wayward kicking - 43% of his goal kicks have been off-target this season - and a shakiness when claiming crosses, it's increasingly unlikely he'll be the club's number one next season.

Deputising for Szczesny, David Ospina has looked solid if unspectacular, but he surely won't be the long-term first-choice either.

1. Nacho Monreal

Mate, it's Nacho fault, but you're just not up to Arsenal's standard.

Monreal has been a bit of a non-event in the Gunners' back-line, showed up by the recent emergence and elevation of Bellerin to the first team.

While his younger compatriot has created a clear chance once every four games, Monreal has managed to do the same just once every 23 matches. Gibbs is on one in eight.

Just three of Monreal's 32 crosses have been accurate, and his tacking success rate is the lowest of the club's four recognised full backs.

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