Arsene Wenger’s last Arsenal XI – and the three players who stayed at the club

Arsene Wenger brought the curtain down on his Arsenal tenure in 2018 but much has changed since his departure with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Aaron Ramsey among the famous departures.

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Arsene Wenger said goodbye to English football and Arsenal in May 2018 with a 1–0 win at Huddersfield.

It brought the curtain down on a tenure spanning more than two decades with the Gunners unable to match his track record since.

Arsenal’s away day success came after a string of successive defeats on the road, which highlighted their decline under the Frenchman.

Wenger proved an instant success in north London, winning three league titles and five FA Cups within his first ten years in charge.

A series of three late FA Cups covered major cracks like Arsenal slipped out of the top four, was previously a regular.

Unai Emery was his replacement and worked with a squad largely assembled by Wenger, although not by much.

The Frenchman has seen big names leave Emirates, some of the deals discounted against the club’s will due to poor contract management.

Let’s take a look at Wenger’s final starting XI and where they are now.






Arsene Wenger’s final game as manager arrives at Huddersfield

David Ospina

The goalkeeper is currently aiming for a Serie A title with Napoli.

Ospina rarely appears in Premier League with most of his chances coming in cup tournaments.

In Wenger’s final year, he made just five league appearances, but kept a clean sheet in the final game of the Wenger era before being loaned out immediately to Italy, where he remained. .

Sead Kolasinac

The Bosnian player once made a big splash in the Bundesliga when he moved to Emirates.

After Wenger’s departure, however, he became increasingly a peripheral figure.

He was loaned to Schalke last season and in January was allowed to join Marseille as Arsenal continued to slash their squad.

Rob Holding

One of the three players still continuing his commercial work at the Emirates has been signed by Wenger.

Holding was added in 2016 from Bolton and continues to be used by Mikel Arteta.

The defender has played in back 4 and back 3, but not as often.

The signing of Ben White in the summer means Holding has to wait patiently for his chance.






Rob Holding has been signed by Arsene Wenger and remains at the club

Shkodran Mustafi

The Germans have had a terrible time in recent years.

Arsenal thought they had finally found a dominant centre-back when they signed Mustafi in 2016 after seeing him perform for their country.

However, it became clear that the defender made a mistake and he was allowed to leave Schalke after struggling for a few minutes in January 2021.

He spent just six months in his native country before signing with Levante in Spain.

Hector Bellerin

A tough question. Bellerin was named Team of the Year in 2016, but fell short of those heights.

Technically, he is still an Arsenal player, but is on loan to join Real Betis on the last day of the summer.

Bellerin has fallen out of favor since Wenger’s departure after being said to be a young player from Barcelona academy.







Granit Xhaka is currently playing under his third permanent manager
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Granite Xhaka

The Swiss star was Arsenal’s first signing of 2016 and came to miss a crucial penalty for his country at the Euros that summer.

Xhaka has remained a regular under Wenger, Emery and Arteta but he is not without his problems.

His discipline was a big deal and after being handed the captain’s armband, he clashed with fans during a home game against Crystal Palace in 2019, saw him lose his leadership position.

Xhaka has admitted that he and the fans will never be best friends.

Alex Iwobi

A product of the club’s academy, Iwobi’s versatility was often used by Wenger and he played the Frenchman’s last game in midfield.

In 2019, he was sold for a remarkable fee Evertonwhere he was unable to show his worth.

Iwobi has scored just six times over two seasons despite costing more than £30m as the Toffees battle to maintain their Premier League status.







Aaron Ramsey’s speaking reaction after learning he won’t be offered a new contract
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Aaron Ramsey

The departure of the Welsh player will certainly disappoint the fans. He was given a chance by Wenger at a young age and became a huge influence.

Arsenal have chosen not to offer Ramsey a new deal and his famous celebration at Fulham 2018 tells the story.

He will move in Juventus nothing, though the switch never worked, and he recently returned to the British Isles with the Rangers.







Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s problems in London prompted him to leave Barcelona in January
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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

His stock seemed to rise and fall within a few months.

Aubameyang was Wenger’s most expensive player and a regular source of goals – scoring the last goal of his tenure.

There is no sign, at least in north London, of the problems that will come under Arteta, which will eventually see the two sides sever ties.

Aubameyang’s goalscoring record is among the best Arsenal have ever seen but his attitude problems are too much compared to the current regime, who froze him before he was out. Go.

Alexandre Lacazette

One of the few who lasted the course – but for how long.

The Frenchman has just a few months left on his contract and is unlikely to leave for nothing – a story all too familiar to Arsenal fans.

He is currently required to lead the squad and, as an all-rounder, is seen as Aubameyang’s superior.

However Lacazette has had to place her teammates in different positions and could move this summer.







Alexandre Lacazette’s contract is only a few months away
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Henrikh Mkhitaryan

He came as part of the deal that made Alexis Sanchez leave Manchester United.

Safe to say none of the moves have been successful and the Armenian is now in Roma with Jose Mourinho.

He is one of the players raised by Arteta, who is undergoing reconstruction at the Emirates.

Mkhitaryan has never been able to repeat the incredible form he showed while at Borussia Dortmund.

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