Arsenal’s disappointing defence
Which Arsenal defender has stood out this season?
Between the sticks, Petr Cech’s career appears to be on the slide. Cech’s season will likely best be remembered for just how long it took him to register his 200th Premier League clean sheet, and his first ever penalty save for Arsenal.
Nacho Monreal has been the pick of the defenders, but that’s due to his unlikely goal scoring spree.
Meanwhile captain Laurent Koscielny is dogged by chronic Achilles problems, Shkodran Mustafi has been generally awful, while Hector Bellerin has consistently underperformed.
Arsenal to ‘blow up their defence’
In the Independent on Thursday, journalist Jack Pitt-Brooke has claimed that major overhauls are coming to Arsenal’s defence this summer.
Indeed, Sven Mislintat and Raul Sanllehi are currently planning for a brand new backline next season. Readers are told:
(Arsenal) want a whole new back five to replace this season’s failed defence.
Arsenal want two new centre-backs and Mislintat has identified Sokratis Papastathopoulos of Borussia Dortmund – his former club – as a priority.
Another target named by the Independent is Atletico Madrid goalie Jan Oblak.
However Arsenal will need to fork out at least 70 million pounds to make the deal happen.
It’s further stated that the Gunners plan to have two new full-backs next season. That could see Hector Bellerin move to Juventus in the summer.
No Petr Cech, no Danny Welbeck
Will Arsenal qualify the Europa League final?
1-1 after their Europa League semifinal first-leg at the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal take on Atletico Madrid in Spain tonight.
Looking at some of the individual calls Wenger is poised to make, Colombian keeper David Ospina is set to once again start in goal ahead of Petr Cech.
Yet the biggest call Wenger has to make is whether to start Danny Welbeck or not.
Welbeck, who has scored some vital goals in the Europa League, could be rotated with Henrikh Mkhitaryan.