One-time Arsenal star Jimmy Carter has this afternoon provided his take on the respective futures of Mesut Ozil and Lucas Torreira.
Arsenal come up short
A frustrating debut campaign for Unai Emery in north London came to a close late last month, when Arsenal took on Chelsea in the Europa League final.
After finishing in 5th-place in the Premier League table, the capital giants required a victory over their rivals to secure a much-needed spot in next season’s Champions League.
The latest in a string of underwhelming performances over the final weeks of the campaign, though, eventually culminated in a heavy 4-1 defeat for the Gunners in Baku.
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Arsenal’s limited funds
As such, Arsenal are set to ply their trade in European club football’s second-tier for the 3rd-straight season in 2019/20.
Not only does this come as a blow to the capital outfit’s hopes of luring top talent to the club this summer, but it also severely restricts the funds available to Unai Emery.
If reports are to be believed, then the Spanish tactician has just £40 million at his disposal to secure new players over the coming months.
As a result, another frustrating summer may well lay in store for Arsenal’s loyal fanbase.
‘Move on or step up’
One option to raise funds would of course be to part with some of the club’s star players, with former Gunners’ midfielder/winger Jimmy Carter having this afternoon provided his take on potential outgoings from the Emirates this summer.
Speaking in an interview with Goal, Carter first revealed his opinion that finding a new club for Mesut Ozil should be viewed as a priority:
‘He has to either be moved on or he needs to step up next season and show he is a top player in Europe.’
‘You need some creativity in there, Ozil has to be moved on as he looks disinterested. At the moment, he is not showing that [he is interested]. If I was the manager and got offered good money for him, then I would take it straight away.’
The 53-year-old continued:
‘I grew up an Arsenal fan. They have massive rebuilding problems. They need to recruit and recruit well. They have problems at the back, Sokratis and Mustafi are not good enough and need to go and Monreal is not a centre-half. He is a decent left back at best. Centre-back needs addressing.’
On Arsenal’s midfield problems, Carter added that Granit Xhaka ‘isn’t good enough’ to ply his trade for the club, before providing his backing to Lucas Torreira, amid heavy links between the Uruguayan and Serie A giants AC Milan:
‘Midfield needs strengthening as losing Aaron Ramsey is complete madness to Juventus. Torreira, give him another chance; he is decent and tenacious. Xhaka is very inconsistent. I don’t think he is good enough for Arsenal.’
‘I don’t think it was a perfect season for Torreira. He started the season very well but he seemed to tire as it went on. He has the World Cup so I think that took its toll later on in the season for him.’
‘I think what you get with Torreira is that he sticks his foot in, makes it difficult for the opposition and he is going to be tenacious. That’s what you get from him, he isn’t going to create a lot but he scored a great goal in the North London derby.’
‘He is not the most creative player. I would give him another year unless he is really unsettled and he wants to move to AC Milan.’
‘If he tells Unai Emery he wants to go back to Italy then Arsenal could let him go but then he would need replacing. You can’t sell everyone.’