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Europa League: Arsenal Legend Urge Arteta To Offload Nine Players

Valentine Chinyem

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Following their Europa Cup loss against Olympiacos, Arsenal’s manager Mikel Arteta has been told to overhaul the team this summer.

Arteta’s side squandered a 1-0 advantage when they played their rival in Greece last week.

However, a goal by Arsenal’s captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was not enough to hand them the win and qualification they need, as the Greeks stunned them in extra-time with a second away goal in North London on Thursday night.

This goal was enough to knock the Gunners out of the competition, after a disappointing performance.

Arteta while describing his side’s loss to Olympiacos, said: “It hurts big time. We had a lot of hope in this competition. It was a great way for us to be able to go to Europe and as well, it’s a very beautiful competition to try to win.

I think we did a lot of positive things in the game, I think we created a lot of positive chances to win the game but if you concede two set pieces in a tie like this you put yourself in big trouble,” he added.

Following the loss, Arteta has been asked to sell some players in the summer.

Arsenal legend, Perry Groves, while speaking to talkSPORT on the team’s inability to qualify for the next stage, urged the Gunners to offload nine players this summer.

According to him, the likes of Mesut Ozil, David Luiz, Granit Xhaka have no business in the team.
“He needs to get rid of players,” he said

“I thought it would be five or six, but I think you’re looking up to about nine players. [But] It is going to be impossible to get rid of them all in one go.

“This isn’t about talent, it’s not that they are not good players – David Luiz, (Shkrodan) Mustafi, Sokratis, (Dani) Ceballos is going to go anyway as he is on loan, Ozil, (Granit) Xhaka, (Calum) Chambers, (Mohamed) Elneny and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

“Mkhitaryan and Elneny are out on loan at this point anyway.

“He needs them now. He has to use them now because he needs bodies. Short-term they have a future, long-term, no.

“It’s very similar to when George Graham went there in 1986 and he had a lot of players. Very talented players, but they did not have the desire that he required.

“He got rid of them and went and got players from the lower league like Alan Smith, Lee Dixon, Nigel Winterburn,” he added.

Another legend Martin Keown, seem disappointed with the team’s loss, as he questioned Arteta’s decision to start Nicolas Pepe ahead of Brazilian Gabriel Martinelli in the game.

He said: “Martinelli came on and did exceptionally well. Why wasn’t he on earlier in the match? They left it too late almost. It was obvious Martinelli had to come on, we were that close to Arteta I was tempted to go over and say put Martinelli on.”

Recall that Arsenal recorded a loss of £27.1million for the year which ended in May 31, 2019.

A figure which is expected to rise within the next 12 months, should the Gunners continue to struggle to find its feet in European and local competitions.

Mesut Ozil’s agent, Dr Erkut Sogut, has continued to emphasize that the German playmaker, who still has one-and-half-years on his current contract is staying put with the team.

“He still has 15 months to go. Until then, he will stay at Arsenal, for sure. He will stay until the end of his contract. There’s no chance he’ll leave.

“He is going into the end of this contract, he will be 32 years old, he will be a free agent, and it’s not a bad situation.

“And he will have probably a hundred million followers on the social media side at that time, his marketing will be bigger by that time.

“And he’s 32 so he can still go and play in top-level football for the next two or three years,” he said

Meanwhile, Arsenal’s defeat at the hands of Olympiacos is worrying as the management of the club prepares a £4.5million payout to supporters.

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