Is the clock ticking for these Gunners?

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With the summer transfer window approaching, there has not only been speculation over which players will be joining the Emirates, but also speculation over who could be saying goodbye to the Emirates.

Theo Walcott

Walcott has only scored 4 goals in 22 appearances this season and prior to this, he has had only one campaign in North London where he has hit double figures (14 goals during 2012-2013 season).

Now, there has been heavy criticism of Olivier Giroud over the past few years, but the statistics show that Walcott has been a bigger downfall than Giroud. Giroud has netted 20 goals this season already, which makes him Arsenals top goal scorer and the 4th highest scorer in the Premier League this year.

Walcott’s poor performances during Arsenal games has seen him benched and replaced by wonder kid Alex Iwobi. Now that Iwobi is on the scene, Walcott is slowly beginning to fizzle out of the Arsenal squad.

To make Walcott’s misery on the bench even worse, he is currently fighting for his place in the England squad with Ross Barkley and Dele Ali the preferred stronger choice by Hodgson.

Mathieu Debuchy

The French international is currently on loan to Bordaeux until the end of the summer transfer window, when he is likely to say goodbye to the Emirates once and for all.

With the rise of Spaniard Hector Bellerin on the scene Debuchy has failed to get a look in on any Arsenal games, even from the bench. It is no wonder Bellerin was Wenger’s preferred choice over Debuchy. He has pace, technical ability and owns the right back role better than any other defender I have seen all season. Bellerin is a breath of fresh air, which is why Arsenal can happily say goodbye to Debuchy.

Mathieu Flamini

Flamini has had his moments of spark when he scored the winner during the FA Cup game between Tottenham and Arsenal. Any Arsenal fan will hail a performance like that over Spurs! But the clock has ticked over for some time now and he needs to say goodbye.

Flamini is ruthless on the ball and he played well given he was the unlikely choice over Coquelin during the Barcelona game. But he is ageing now and there is no real place for him in the Arsenal squad.

Thomas Rosicky

Little Mozart. Arsenal interviewed Rosicky last month asking him What is the best thing about London he replied ‘Arsenal’. He was then asked What is the worst thing about London? he replied ‘Tottenham’.

Unfortunately Rosicky has suffered many injury setbacks since joining Arsenal in 2006, which has majorly affected his game play. It is a shame to see Rosicky’s injuries deprive Arsenal of such a great player. He is 35 years old now and it is looking highly likely that he will retire at the end of this season.

We will all remember his brilliant performance scoring the third goal against a 5-2 thrashing during the North London derby against Spurs. His passion for Arsenal is like no other and he will be sorely missed.

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