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Arsenal’s golden oldies – Part 2

Posted on June 11, 2019 by Harry Kettle

Mesut Ozil – 30

Mesut Ozil’s age has nothing to do with why we want to see him leave Arsenal Football Club, but it does make us feel a little bit old. We still remember when he was first bursting onto the scene with the German national team, which was almost a decade ago now. He’s had a decent enough career along the way, but we all know that there have been a few issues.

David Ospina – 30

At the age of 30, David Ospina should probably be in the prime of his career right now. Instead, he’s a back up. That’s not the worst position to be in, but let’s face it, this guy wants to be playing first team football. He isn’t going to get that at the Emirates and he needs to start thinking about what he wants out of the next few years.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan – 30

What happened towards the end of the season with Mkhitaryan and the Europa League final simply wasn’t acceptable. With that being said, fans shouldn’t allow it to cloud their judgement. Mkhitaryan isn’t really going to take too many more steps in the right direction with Arsenal, and that’s a shame. Perhaps a move abroad is the right way to go.

Alexandre Lacazette – 28

Sorry, but this is a little bit mental. The 8th oldest player in Arsenal’s first team squad isn’t even in his thirties yet. We tend to think that’s a good thing, but there are some folks out there who believe a little bit of experience can go a long way. To be honest, we’re in both camps.

Shkodran Mustafi – 27

He’s young and he will improve, but those improvements should not be coming at Arsenal. He has made too many mistakes and has been the odd man out on one too many occasions. We can only imagine where the Gunners could’ve been at the end of this past season without him. That sounds harsh, and we know that, but he’s still got time to turn it all around. Just make sure it doesn’t happen in North London.

Bernd Leno – 27

Young and in the prime of his career, it feels like Bernd Leno is on a rocket ship to the top. He has had time to embed himself into Arsenal’s first team now, and he feels like one of their most important figures. How far can he go with the team? As the saying goes, only time will tell.

Do you think Arsenal needs to think about getting rid of any of the aforementioned players?

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