Arsene Wenger was previously known to not adopt carrot and stick approach with his players, but he must now be aware of the fact that his days with the Emirates Stadium club are numbered.
Tides have changed lately as he now seems eager to end his managerial career on a high note, having signed Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez in successive summers. His new approach has, indeed, worked wonders as the Gunners are now set to visit Wembley besides staying in contention for Champions League next season.
There has been a widespread claim that Arsene Wenger will be given a warchest of about £50 million in the summer with which he may be expected to sign Morgan Schneiderlin, Petr Cech and Neven Subotic. If the rumour comes to fruition, there will surely be a lot of perturbed parties inside of the club, not to mention Chelsea and the likes.
With Francis Coquelin regularly giving new reasons to not drop him, if not, praise him, the role of Mathieu Flamini at the club has already become redundant. If the Morgan Schneiderlin rumours culminate in the Frenchman signing a contract with the Gunners, the former AC Milan midfielder may well have to look for new employers, lest spend his late stages of his footballing career accompanying Steve Bould on the Arsenal bench.
Per Mertesacker showed glimpses of brilliance against Manchester United shortly after he drowned the Gunners’ chances of showing progress in the Champions League putting up an appalling display against Monaco. He has, thus, been enjoying a roller-coaster ride this season and his spot in the team-sheet is already under solemn threat following the arrival of Gabriel Paulista. The German may well be forced to take up the Thomas Vermaelen role, if Arsene Wenger signs one of Neven Subotic and Aleksandar Dragovic.
While Mathieu Flamini and Per Mertesacker may face the axe due to their below-par performances, Theo Walcott may suffer the same fate as the duo only for sustaining a long-term layoff. Such is the status at Arsenal with Santi Cazorla, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez not willing to give others a share of the limelight. Though it is highly unlikely that the English international leaves the North London outfit having only recently signed the thing, you cannot always afford to have a player of his prowess rotting on the bench.
If there is one player, whose performance curve has reached an unannounced dip this season, it has got to be Wojciech Szczesny. Foolishness both on and off the pitch has won him the wrath of Arsenal fans and he has since featured only in cup fixtures having lost his prime to David Ospina. In the event of Petr Cech heading across London to Emirates Stadium, the Polish international may well have to call it a day at Arsenal.
Tomas Rosicky and Mikel Arteta, despite their age and the policy that the club have adopted concerning old players, can be expected to hold on to their roles given their prominence amongst the fan base and at dressing room. Furthermore, Arsenal are not a Liverpool or a Chelsea to let go of a Steven Gerrard or a Frank Lampard, are we?
I don’t even have to start on Abou Diaby for he has to go. Football is certainly not a place, where sympathy works out so well, is it?