At Arsenal, there are a number players on the cusp of greatness but haven’t yet quite found the spark which can elevated them onto the next level at the club.
However, with patience a virtue at the club, especially under Arsene Wenger’s tutelage, they will be given time to prove their worth and surprisingly it is most of our British core who are under the microscope.
Here are five players with pressure to deliver on their potential.
1. Wojciech Szczesny
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Currently twiddling his thumbs on the bench as Wenger has had enough of his constants errors, Szczesny must finally show he’s worth the hassle when he eventually gets back in the side.
Looking around the Premier League at goalkeepers of a similar age, Thibaut Courtois, Joe Hart and David de Gea don’t need to be dropped to maintain their focus and our Polish no.1 needs to drop the attitude and start producing performances over the course of the season
2. Jack Wilshere
Wilshere’s growth has largely been disrupted by persistent ankle problems but the England star has undoubted quality and given the fact that he is the epitome of the success and the poster boy for our academy, he will be given ample time to prove his worth. His position upon his return will be of much debate with Wilshere preferring a deeper role in midfield similar to position in the England side – Wenger disagrees.
3. Serge Gnabry
One of the forgotten men in our squad but Gnabry was impressive last season, rising through the ranks and made his big break in our first team. He enjoyed a successful pre-season and start to the campaign last year, before injuries took their toll. With the competition fierce in wide areas, a loan spell may see the German starlet return to the level which almost earned him a senior national team call-up.
4. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
The Ox is a curious one with every year seemingly ‘the’ year for the former Southampton man to elevate to the next level but we are yet to truly witness his ‘coming of age’.
A knee injury robbed him of five months last year but it has been quite the opposite this time around with Chamberlain an ever present in the team, making 32 appearances in all competitions thus far.
Despite that, Chamberlain has only contributed to one Premier League goal and two Champions League strikes.
5. Kieran Gibbs
Gibbs had to respond to his most challenging period as he was displaced by Nacho Monreal and two assists against QPR will go a way to shifting the battle in his favour. But Gibbs’ issues have always been defensively and during our best defensive performance this season at Man City, Monreal excelled – the same cannot be said of the Englishmen.