Much like the professional wrestling post, this one isn’t going to be popular among the masses, but alas, that’s the way the cookie crumbles. The Gunners’ first team is stacked to the rafters with world class talent, and because of that, it’s not hard to imagine them succeeding elsewhere. They’re healthy, they’re agile, and they have an athletic prowess which very few possess in other sports.
It may sound a little bit ridiculous and on the face of it, we completely agree, but we’ve picked out three names who could legitimately cause a stir in mixed martial arts. Of course, there’s just as much of a chance that they’d get sparked out within two minutes, but isn’t that the beauty of the fight game?
So as you read through this list attempt to keep an open mind, whilst also realising that there’s a good chance this is all complete tosh.
When you look at Granit Xhaka, on first glance, you could probably confuse him for a boxer or fighter of some kind. He’s got an intimidating look and a strong enough build, to the point where we believe he could actually cause some damage inside of the cage. Whatever reason he always seems to come across as someone who could just explode into life at the drop of a dime, probably with an outstanding takedown game. Sure, he may not be Arsenal’s star man right now, but perhaps a trip to the UFC would be different.
The Pitbull. Jack Wilshere has been involved in more controversies than we can count, and in a lot of ways, that’s why Arsenal fans love him so much. While his personality may leave a lot to be desired sometimes he’s certainly passionate, and his love for the Gunners resonates through the way that he plays. Now, for a minute, just imagine how fun it’d be to witness a scrappy Jack Wilshere duelling it out with a fighter for three rounds. Hell, you could even tell him they’re a Spurs fan for extra motivation.
In an unconventional move, we’ve included Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, because let’s face it, he’s an unconventional guy. The forward has a style on the pitch which confuses defences, and it’s not hard to imagine the same thing happening in the octagon. He’d probably come across as a Tony Ferguson type, in that even he wouldn’t know what he’s about to do before it happens. He’s got a great appearance and lots of marketability, so why not?
Who would be your choice to be Arsenal’s next MMA superstar?