Arsenal head into their clash with champions Manchester City after picking up their first Premier League win since October against West Ham. The 3-1 comeback win was much-needed for Freddie Ljungberg, who had failed to win either of his first two games in interim charge of the Gunners.
While it was an impressive second-half performance, the problems facing Arsenal were clear to see in an anaemic first-half display, as they once again went a goal down. After the sacking of Unai Emery, several questions can be asked of a playing squad that finished fifth last season and reached the Europa League final. As the January transfer window approaches, here are three members who could be under pressure:
The most obvious inclusion in this list, former captain Xhaka has suffered a turbulent end to 2019. His fallout with the fans during the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace saw him stripped of the captaincy and dropped from the squad. As well as that, after losing Aaron Ramsey in the summer, central midfield could be a place where Arsenal look to strengthen, which could be bad news for the Swiss international.
After registering two assists on his first start against Burnley, Ceballos hasn’t contributed to a goal in the Premier League since. He hasn’t been in a league matchday squad since early November’s draw with Wolves. His loan from Real Madrid expires in the summer, and on this form, the Gunners will hardly be likely to bring him back to North London.
Emery was clear that Mustafi was free to leave Arsenal in the summer, but a move never materialised. The German has made just one appearance in the Premier League this season, struggling to beat off competition in the squad. David Luiz was signed in the summer and has been a regular partner to Sokratis (as shown on WhoScored), while the likes of Rob Holding and Calum Chambers both have room to improve as they gain experience. William Saliba will return from his loan at Saint-Etienne next summer as well, meaning game time looks to be very limited for Mustafi in the future at the Emirates.
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