Joe Cole warns Mikel Arteta he needs to axe seven Arsenal stars

first_imgArteta is tasked with turning Arsenal around (Picture: Rex Features)Arsenal needs a massive overhaul that could take several years, according to Joe Cole.Mikel Arteta’s reign at Arsenal had got off to a positive start before the Gunners came crashing back down to earth following their exit from the Europa League at the hands of Olympiacos.It’s been a season punctuated by dismal results and Cole warned Arteta he needed to axe as many as seven first-team stars.‘I think this is a long, long-term project,’ Cole told BT Sport.ADVERTISEMENT‘This isn’t something that’s going to get sorted out in 2-3 years when we’ll see them bounce back into the Champions League places.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘If anything they need to get rid of about five, six, seven players and bring in new recruits, but they’ve got to get the recruitment right.’Several Arsenal stars publicly backed the squad and their manager after the defeat to Olympiacos, including Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Arteta’s thoughts after Arsenal crash out of Europa League to OlympiacosTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:31FullscreenArteta’s thoughts after Arsenal crash out of Europa League to Olympiacos is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.The Gunners captain thought he’d sent Arsenal through to the next round with a goal in extra-time before Youssef El-Arabi struck for Olympiacos in the dying moments.Aubameyang is in talks with Arsenal to sign a new long-term deal, but Cole urged the striker to leave the club if he wants to win trophies.He said: ‘If I’m Aubameyang I’d be looking out the door because he’s a player that needs to be playing at the very, very top level. He needs to be playing in the Champions League.‘He’s not played enough years in the Champions League to cement himself as a top, top player, which is what he actually is because his stats and his numbers add up with anyone.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I think the process Arsenal have got to go through, they’ve got to go back to the days when they’re bringing players through, which they are, Saka, the left-back, I think is different class.But also they need to find these gems that they were finding 20 years ago.‘Arsenal will always be able to bring players in because ‘of the name, because it’s in London and the stature of the club, players will want to play for Arsenal.‘Traditionally they play good football, but again I think it’s a long road for them.‘I think they’re miles behind Chelsea and Tottenham, Man United, Man City. Man United seem to be coming back, it’s a long road for Arsenal.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Ian Wright sends passionate message to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang over Arsenal futureMORE: Mesut Ozil’s agent gives update on Arsenal midfielder’s future Advertisement Coral BarrySaturday 29 Feb 2020 1:53 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.8kShares Advertisement Joe Cole warns Mikel Arteta he needs to axe seven Arsenal stars Commentlast_img

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