Arsenal legend Ian Wright has said that Shkodran Mustafi and David Luiz are the types of players Gunners boss Mikel Arteta must look to sell in the upcoming transfer windows.
Arteta – appointed at the Emirates earlier in December following the sacking of Unai Emery – is gearing up for his first window at the helm as he looks to guide his team into the top four by the end of the season.
Arsenal’s defence has been a particular source of criticism so far this season – the side having conceded 30 goals in 20 games – with Mustafi and Luiz featuring heavily throughout the campaign to date.
Speaking on Match of the Day 2 following Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat to Chelsea – in which the pair both played – Wright analysed the match insisted that the Gunners would be better off without the duo.
“Tammy [Abraham] was fantastic,” the pundit said. “People give him stick for it but his hold up play when holding off David Luiz and Mustafi was great.
“He had them on a piece of string. He would then drive into the box. Once they got him going his link-up play was great.
“In the first half, he was isolated but in the second period, he did everything he could to do the link-up play. He worked really hard and they worked hard.
“Mustafi should have gone in and stopped the play ahead of Tammy’s goal. Arsenal gave Tammy way too much space after I thought that Willian had gone too wide.
“You have got someone like Arteta coming in there is nothing you can do to coach defenders of that experience. Those [Luiz and Mustafi] are the types of players he has to look to move on.”
The Switzerland international has been linked with a move away from the Emirates in recent weeks, with Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin credited with interest in his services.
Asked whether he wants Xhaka to leave, however, Arteta replied: “I hope not. He played at Bournemouth, he played really well, he was very committed, he played a really good game.
“After the game he started to feel ill. He had a temperature and he wasn’t feeling good. The last two days he was in bed. That’s why he wasn’t been selected.”