Former Barnet manager Martin Allen believes Arsenal should sell Mesut Özil and Alexis Sanchez in January to bring back the Gunners’ glory days.
Allen was speaking in an article in the Daily Mail, and said that after the performance against Chelsea he believes it’s hard to deny Arsenal are a much better team when they aren’t focusing on individuals.
Allen therefore concluded that the Gunners should get rid of the individuals that end up drawing all the team’s attention.
He said: “Against Chelsea without Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez they (Arsenal) looked a far better team with 100 per cent commitment and a desire to play for the team and not the individual.
“Surely, the two of them must be sold in January if Arsene Wenger, who it must be said put together one of the toughest teams in Premier League history, is to bring the glory days back to the Emirates.”
Last season, when Alexis and Özil were on form, often alongside Alex Iwobi, almost all of the Gunners’ attacks went through the pair in central areas.
Iwobi hasn’t tended to bring many goals in his time with the senior side so far, and the entire central midfield couldn’t manage 10 for the season, so Özil and Alexis provided most of the attacking threat.
Things have the potential to be different now. Ramsey is back in the side with a good run of games behind him, and can add goals if given the chance.
Lacazette is a proper centre-forward, and as well as Alexis played in the position last season, the Chilean will now be more useful if he can play as a wide-forward, in my opinion.
I believe one way to force the team not to focus on individuals so much is to sell them, but surely the better method is to find ways to accommodate them in the team in different ways, like moving Alexis wide.
If Wenger can do that, Arsenal will have a good team as well as individual quality, but that’s for him to figure out now.