Arsenal face centre back crisis ahead of FA Cup final


It feels unusual knowing we’d be playing Europa League next season, 14 years supporting the Arsenal and I never thought we’d enter the competition in the group stage phase.

Arsenal’s highest goal scorer this season, Alexis Sanchez, further piled on their misery as he had to be substituted in the second half after picking up an injury.

‘We’ve got in on the final day many times.

Arsene Wenger is yet to confirm whether he will still be manager next season while the futures of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are also uncertain, with both players stalling over new deals. He later fell ill and missed his side’s clash against Everton.

“They have got to be real with what’s being paid to players”.

He said: “It is important to start preparing in the right way for the game against Arsenal, to find the right hunger”.

Calum Chambers is a non-starter, as even if he could be recalled from Middlesbrough he would be unavailable from being cup tied.

Should Koscielny have seen red?

Midfielder Sam Clucas pulled one back but Victor Wanyama and Kane, completing his fifth hat trick of 2017 in all competitions, emphasised Tottenham’s superiority with his 29th league goal of the season.

Laurent Koscielny is also out suspended and Shkodran Mustafi is struggling with illness, meaning Per Mertesacker may be called upon to make his first start in nearly 13 months.

“The teams have too much pride, the players have too much pride, every game matters, whatever team you support or whoever you play for, you play for the jersey, and would hope every player would do that”. The defender failed to make a single tackle or win a single aerial duel all match and it Ronald Koeman will definitely be on the lookout for an improvement on the Welshman this summer.

This match perfectly encapsulated Everton’s biggest weakness, their defense.

This was a costly game for Arsenal in more ways than one.

Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny will miss this weekend’s FA Cup final against Chelsea, it was confirmed Tuesday, after his appeal against a three-match ban was dismissed by the Football Association.


Koscielny has been Arsenal’s best defender all year and they’ve struggled without him at times this season, including in the two 5-1 losses against Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

Ian Wright