Published: 17:43 GMT, March 17, 2021 | Updated: 10:45 GMT, March 18, 2021
Charlie Nicholas is not « happy or convinced » with Granit Xhaka and Hector Bellerin, and former Arsenal striker believes boss Mikel Arteta will have at least five or six players this summer has to sell.
The Swiss midfielder Xhaka has developed into a polarizing figure at the Emirates Stadium since he came from Borussia Mönchengladbach for £ 35 million in 2016, although he appeared regularly and played 209 games for the club.
No player in the Premier League has made more individual mistakes that resulted in goals since arriving as he was freed by the captain in 2019 after a furious confrontation with fans when he was substituted on for Crystal Palace.
The Former Arsenal striker also believes Mikel Arteta will have to sell five or six players this summer
Vice-captain Bellerin became the longest d after the departure of Mesut Ozil in January Serving players in the Gunners, however, struggled for form this season. Recent rumors suggest the full-back could be on the move this summer eight years after moving to the club’s academy.
And although he praised left-back Kieran Tierney for his impact, Nicholas of Xhaka and Bellerin remains unconvinced and insists Arteta still has a lot to do to improve the arsenal to 10th place, although he sees the emergence of youth as a positive.
‘For five years we knew Arsène Wenger’s defense was weak, and although Arsenal are a little more solid these days, Kieran Tierney has started to improve the left-back position significantly because of his strength and forward drive.
« I’m not happy or convinced of Hector Bellerin or Granit Xhaka. It’s an interesting coincidence how Xhaka is said to be playing his best football when Arsenal are 10th in the league.
« I’m encouraged by the fact that the young players look great, they are a great group with a lot of talent « , he added. « Arteta knows he has five or six to sell in the next window. »
The 25-year-old Spanish international Bellerin has two years left for Arsenal. Rumor has it that Paris Saint-Germain might look for him last summer after his interest.
Team-mate Xhaka, 29, signed a new deal with Arsenal in the summer of 2018 that is expected to run through him until the end of the 2022-23 season .
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