Should the Gunners cut two of their starlets loose this summer?


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Arsenal are on course for their first finish outside of the top four in the Premier League in Arsene Wenger’s tenure at the club.

The Gunners dropped down to sixth in the table following their defeat at the hands of West Brom, capping a humiliating month for the team, having been thrashed by Bayern Munich in their Champions League round-of-16 clash.

Although reports suggest that the 67-year-old is planning to remain at the Emirates Stadium, the huge pressure Wenger was already under is now at its peak – with a growing number of appeals to the club’s hierarchy not to extend his contract at the end of the campaign.

Although things look bleak for Arsenal at the moment, there is still hope of them retaining their top-four status with a strong run until the end of the term, using their two games in hand on Liverpool.

The Gunners are backed in the latest football betting odds at 3/1 to extend their streak of finishing fourth or higher into its 21st season.

Even if Arsenal do manage to achieve the feat and Wenger remains in his position, the Frenchman has to make changes to his squad – which has displayed signs of looking stale this term.

Here are two players that the club should be looking to move on in the summer.
Theo Walcott


Theo Walcott 1” (CC BY 2.0) by Ronnie Macdonald

The forward was touted as one of English football’s brightest prospects when he moved to the club from Southampton in 2006 for £12m. He was selected for the 2006 World Cup squad without starting a Premier League game; such was he highly regarded by Sven-Goran Eriksson and his staff.

However, Walcott has not lived up to his potential during his 11 seasons with the Gunners. He has been a solid player, but has failed to take his game to the next level, scoring over 20 goals in a term just once in his career.

There have been too many inconsistent performances from the 28-year-old, while part of his time with Arsenal has been blighted by injuries – limiting his impact for back-to-back seasons.

Given his age, and the fact that the forward has had one of his better campaigns, it might be prudent to move Walcott on now in order to gain a decent value for him on the transfer market.
Aaron Ramsey

Aaron Ramsey” (CC BY 2.0) by wonker

The Wales international is another Arsenal player that has failed to live up to his potential, although the devastating leg fracture he suffered early in his career could be blamed for his struggles with consistency.

The horror challenge from Ryan Shawcross could well have ended his career, and ruled him out for a year after making his initial surge into the first-team.

Ramsey appeared to be on his way to a reaching world-class status with an outstanding term in the 2013-14 season, scoring 10 Premier League goals in an excellent season.

However, the Welshman was unable to sustain that level of brilliance, enjoying solid campaigns without ever becoming the dominant force that Arsenal needed him to be to help deliver major titles or thrive in the knockout round of the Champions League.

At the age of 26, he is an intriguing option as he still has plenty of years ahead of him. That being said, the current campaign has been far from his best, potentially decreasing his value on the market. Should a decent bid of around £20m come in for his services, then Ramsey should be allowed to leave.

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