The Arsenal fans have been drowning their sorrows in the Transfer Tavern in recent days due to their side’s abysmal form in all-competitions.
It’s fair to say that the Arsenal supporters are some of the most miserable in English football right now. The club were plunged deeper into crisis on Sunday afternoon after they lost 2-1 to Brighton & Hove Albion – a result which extended their losing run to 5 matches in all-competitions. The vast majority of the supporters have scapegoated Arsene Wenger for their club’s woes in recent weeks, but there is no doubt that plenty of individuals deserve equal, if not more criticism than the Frenchman has been subjected to.
Although it’s crucial that Arsenal maintain a calm mentality and avoid coming to rash conclusions during this dark spell for the club, it appears that a handful of players are below the standard that the club need to reach if they wish to return to Champions League football in the seasons to come.
With that being said, it’s time for Arsenal’s hierarchy to instigate a significant revamp in the personnel who currently reside on the club’s wage bill, starting with the replacement of Peter Cech who is beginning to look increasingly less reliable between the sticks. The quality of the 35-year-old’s performances has slowly decreased over the years, and although he was once of the standout keepers in the Premier League, it’s time for Arsenal to admit his best days are behind him.
According to reports in The Daily Mail, Arsenal are already plotting a move to replace the Czech Republic international next summer with the acquisition of Bayer Leverkusen’s German international Bernd Leno (valued at £12.6 million by Transfermarkt). According to the report, Leno is highly-regarded by Arsenal’s head of recruitment Sven Mislintat who would have seen plenty of the 26-year-old during his time in the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund.
Although Leno is only 26, he has already captained the Bundesliga giants on multiple occasions, and his leadership experience combined with his excellent goalkeeping ability make him an excellent candidate to succeed Cech at Arsenal. Arsenal’s decline in recent years has served to illuminate the clubs need to revamp their squad entirely this summer, especially in defensive positions. Regardless of who takes charge at Arsenal next season, the manager must make it their priority to replace Cech with Leno in the summer.