It’s the summer time over here in England, and as such, the domestic game isn’t exactly all too busy right now – as you’d probably expect. Despite that the British weather seems to be intent on raining us all into misery, but you know, that’s another story for another day.
Today, we want to talk about Arsenal’s golden oldies, aka the oldest members of the current squad. That may seem a little bit disrespectful, and we understand that, but it’s just a light hearted way of analysing the quality of these players. We all know that once you reach your thirties people tend to start talking about the future, and how much time you’ve got left at the highest level. While that may seem incredibly unfair, it’s just the way that it is (or, you know, ‘it is what it is’ for all those Love Island fans out there).
Age isn’t everything but in the realms of football it kind of is, so we’ll allow you to make your own mind up about it.
Laurent Koscielny – 33
Laurent Koscielny has been a valuable member of the first team squad for Arsenal Football Club, but we tend to believe it’s time for him to go. He isn’t exactly over the hill but he definitely isn’t in his prime, and that’s just a fact. Thank you for the memories, Laurent.
Nacho Monreal – 33
We think Nacho could do a decent job at a top club for another year or two, but we’re not convinced that’ll be at the Emirates. We could easily be proven wrong on this one, but we’ve just got a funny feeling about it.
Sokratis Papastathopoulos – 31
We’re only three players in and we’re already at the ‘prime’ stage for one of our entrants. Sokratis shouldn’t be going anywhere because when he’s playing at the top of his game, he is quite easily one of the best defenders in the Premier League.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 31
Given his style of play, we wholeheartedly believe that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang can keep going strong until he’s at least 35. He may decide to go to a less strenuous top division in that time, but given that he is the reigning Golden Boot holder for the Premier League, we’d say that he’s doing well in the English game.
To be continued…