We don’t want Özil playing out wide and Wenger hasn’t played him there much at all since his first season (unless I’m much mistaken). Alexis should clearly be considered our first choice striker now, if he’s fit that’s where he should play, I’d like our wide options to be good enough to never need to move Alexis there. Ramsey is a central midfielder, let’s be honest. Adelaide isn’t a player that should be factoring into any sort of discussion about the first team.
So really we should be talking about Walcott, Oxlade, Lucas, Welbeck and Iwobi. Not nine players. That’s five players for the 2 wide positions in the team, I don’t think they are good enough options for a team aspiring to be the best (I give Iwobi a pass on that front ofc as he’s young and still developing. No, I do not make the same allowance for AOC). Decent options they may be, but not nailed on starters at an ambitious top club.
If an opportunity to upgrade on these players presents itself then we should take it, and then if we have too many players dispose of a couple in the next window. I’d be disappointed if our mediocre wide options prevented us upgrading simply because there were so many of them in the first place.
However, I’m not sure if Payet is that guy. I’d like to sign him as ability wise he’d be an upgrade. But at 30 years old, never having really played for a top side and the money it would take to sign him, I’m not sure this is the move we should be making.
I guess my point is that we should be upgrading our wide positions. Now Alexis is no longer a wide options what we have isn’t good enough.