Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

It's Not Only Wenger Who Is in a Huge Fight to Rescue His Arsenal Career; in Association with Under-Performing Stars Could Be Shown the Door This Summer after Poor Season

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

It's Not Only Wenger Who Is in a Huge Fight to Rescue His Arsenal Career; in Association with Under-Performing Stars Could Be Shown the Door This Summer after Poor Season

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Byline: James Olley Chief Football Correspondent

ARSENE WENGER isn't the only one with an uncertain future at Arsenal. There are a host of players either considering their positions or facing a fight to stay at the club next season, regardless of who the manager may be.

Gary Neville's scathing running commentary of Sunday's Carabao Cup Final defeat to Manchester City included the assertion that several individuals have been given too many chances and it may be a view held by some at the club.

Wenger's control of the transfer policy has gradually rescinded and the departure in January of three of his long-serving acolytes Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud and Francis Coquelin may well be a sign of things to come.

They were offloaded to balance the books and help readjust Arsenal's wage structure but the trio also never escaped the perception of underachievement that continues to cast a shadow over many who remain.

SHKODRAN MUSTAFI Was heavily chastised for City's opening goal at Wembley and has never looked entirely convincing despite costing PS35million from Valencia in 2016. Came close to leaving last summer but Inter Milan and Juventus were reluctant to make an offer for a permanent deal. Has been part of a porous defence which has undermined Arsenal's season.

DAVID OSPINA The Colombian was given the nod for Sunday's Final and looks set to retain his place in the Europa League campaign but he has been keen on leaving the club in the past two summers.

A lack of regular game-time has left him frustrated and while his performances have been largely consistent, his case to be long-term first-choice keeper is not overwhelming.

DANNY WELBECK Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's arrival last month pushed Welbeck (right) further away from playing in his preferred position as a central striker. However, he looked shorn of conviction in front of goal against Swedish minnows Ostersund when given a rare chance to play through the middle and he enters the final year of his contract next season.

CALUM CHAMBERS Chambers came close to leaving for Leicester City last summer and has now started the same number of Premier League games for Arsenal (24) since joining in 2014 as he managed last season on loan at Middlesbrough. …

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