1st/2nd choice RWB
2nd choice LWB
2nd/3rd choice RB
4th/5th choice CM
3rd/4th choice RW
If we eradicate the wing backs from the formation there’s no need to replace him. He’s at best a Crystal Palace level CM and winger IMO
Yeah he might improve but it won’t be instant. Another year or two of being mediocre to become good would mean we had to wait 7 or 8 years. He was misidentified as an elite talent and 17/18 year old elite talents become good players by 22/23 mostly.
There’s nothing wrong with being a non-elite talent and at 27/28 he may even be a good player, but you’d have to call his Arsenal career a massive mistake. He should have been working his way up the pyramid but he never even had a loan here so he went from a run of games in League One to squad player in a title chasing (lol) / CL club.
Walcott’s career trajectory was very similar too, so hopefully we learn some lessons. We didn’t need to replace Ox but maybe what we should have done is bought a player to allow Iwobi to go and be a key player somewhere else for a year. It feels like simply putting a player in the first team isn’t working anymore for us. I can’t think of the last player we properly developed into a good one. Not even world class, just good. Possibly Ramsey I guess or Song, but both had/have noticeable flaws still. There’s no point buying players so young if they’re not going to progress for us.