All Arsenal defenders must go, says former striker
Charlie Nicolas: “I would let all Arsenal defenders go for whatever it takes.”
Charlie Nicholas, a former Arsenal striker has said that none of the defenders at the club should be spared in the next transfer window.
A second-half Capitulation on Wednesday, where the North London club lost 4-1 in a Europa Cup final to their London rival Chelsea means Arsenal will not be playing a Champions League football for the third successive season.
Nicholas believes his former’s club problem lies in the defence, telling skysports “I wouldn’t keep any of the defenders.
“… Koscielny’s been in the deep end now for three years. Arsene Wenger, when he started playing Monreal at centre-back we knew Arsenal were in trouble. I’m sorry to criticise individuals because they give every ounce that they have but they’re not good defensively.
“I would let them all go whatever it takes.
“I don’t think it will take £150m to get them out and rebuild and build a new dynamic back four. The genuine aspects of it is I think £60m-£70m would make it better than it currently is.
“We have a decent goalkeeper but we need pace and younger legs at the back. Bellerin and Holding will come back. It’s time to use the younger players, like Nelson and Willock. But defensively everything must be pinpointed to sort the centre of defence and a left-back.”
Meanwhile, Arsenal manager Unai Emery after his side’s poor showing on Wednesday said while the club would be looking at adding new players to strengthen the team, some players in the team would also have to leave.