Perry Groves has told TalkSPORT that he believes nine players currently on Arsenal’s books need to leave the club – six of which played in the club’s Europa League exit to Olympiacos on Thursday night.
Despite a 1-0 advantage after an away win in Greece from the first leg, Arsenal crashed out of the Europa League following extra-time. They lost 1-0 in normal time, before a frantic last 10 minutes of extra-time sealed their fate.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang equalised – which looked sure to send Arsenal through but on 119 minutes, Youssef El-Arabi scored to send Olympiacos into the last 16. Six of Groves’ nine players featured in the 2-1 defeat to Olympiacos.
Indeed, ex-Arsenal man Groves wants Sokratis, David Luiz, Shkodran Mustafi, Dani Ceballos, Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka to leave the club – and reckons Calum Chambers and out-on-loan duo Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Mo Elneny need to leave.
“He needs to get rid of players,” Groves said. “I thought it would be about five or six, but I think you’re looking up to about nine players. This is not about talent. Sokratis, David Luiz, Mustafi, Ceballos is going to go anyway because he is on loan.
“Ozil, Xhaka, Chambers, Elneny and Mkhitaryan. Elneny and Mkhitaryan are out on loan anyway. He needs them now, because he has to use them now. Short-term future, they do [have one] – but no long-term future.”
TBR’s view – Groves correct about eight of the nine Arsenal players
Indeed, big-earners Luiz, Ozil, Sokratis and Mustafi should all be offloaded. They are simply not living up to their pay cheque, especially Ozil who earns a whopping £350,000 a week. Elneny and Mkhitaryan should also go, as they remain on loan.
Ceballos has not done enough in an Arsenal shirt to remain beyond the summer, while Granit Xhaka has restored some dignity after his reaction to being substituted against Crystal Palace. However, he is still far below Arsenal’s requirements.
Those eight players should leave the club, but £16million (Goal) signing Chambers has applied himself well when used by both Unai Emery and Mikel Arteta. The desire and fight is there, and the timing with his injury could not have been worse. He should be kept.