Tony Cascarino, the former Chelsea star, has weighed in on the squad restructuring needed at Arsenal, advising new manager Unai Emery to offload nine players, including Nigeria’s Alex Iwobi, as the club ushers in a new era.
Emery’s appointment following Arsene Wenger’s departure has sparked discussions about the team’s future. Cascarino believes Iwobi, 22, has limitations and might not meet the standards required for a top-four side.
“I don’t think he will ever be a top-four player, which is what Arsenal need,” stated Cascarino regarding Iwobi’s potential impact on the team.
Aside from Iwobi, Cascarino has highlighted eight other Arsenal players for potential departures: Hector Bellerin, Petr Cech, Shkodran Mustafi, Laurent Koscielny, Calum Chambers, Granit Xhaka, Aaron Ramsey, and Mesut Ozil. Each recommendation was supported by assessments of their respective performances.
However, Cascarino’s recommendations were not unilateral. He provided opinions on several players who he believes should stay, emphasizing the importance of keeping Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for his goal-scoring prowess and advocating for Alexandre Lacazette’s continued tenure in the hope of building a striking partnership.
Cascarino’s advice brings a new perspective on the club’s forthcoming changes. With Emery at the helm, Arsenal faces a pivotal period as they seek to redefine their strategies and reshape the squad to compete at the highest level.
The club’s management, alongside the new coaching staff, is expected to assess these suggestions carefully as they navigate the team’s evolution in the Premier League and beyond.