Cesc Fabregas has named five current Arsenal players who are “top”, as quoted in 90min.
The former Arsenal midfielder, who is now on the books of Ligue 1 club AS Monaco, believes that Daniel Ceballos, Granit Xhaka, Thomas Partey, Willian and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are top players.
Fabregas made the comments while giving his take on Arsenal’s current situation under manager Mikel Arteta.
Under Arteta, the Gunners won the FA Cup last season and are doing well in the Europa League at the moment, but recent results in the Premier League have been disappointing.
The Gunners lost to Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium last month and went down 3-0 to Aston Villa in the league last weekend.
Fabregas told 90min: “Listen, it’s a transition period. Mikel has his ideas, but it takes time. The problem for a coach nowadays is that you have no time. You lose three games, everyone is asking for your head.
“I know it’s very, very difficult because you want to implement your ideas, and it’s a process. Sometimes, it’s difficult because football is moving very quickly, everyone wants to win, there’s pressure from the board, from the fans, from the players. You’re on the spot every single day.
“He’s trying to find his team. They have [Dani] Ceballos, they have [Granit] Xhaka, now they’ve added Thomas Partey from Atletico, who’s a very good player as well. They have Willian, they have [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang – top, top players, that’s 100% sure. Maybe they still need a little bit more time.”
Need to improve
Ceballos is in his second loan spell at Arsenal from Real Madrid, while Xhaka has earned his place back in the team and is back in favour among the fans after the controversial incident at the Emirates Stadium last season.
Willian is one of the best attacking players in the Premier League, while Aubameyang is a world-class striker and Partey has made an immediate impact at the Gunners since his move from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2020.
However, the aforementioned Arsenal players as well as others in the squad need to improve, get better and be more productive.
Despite all the excitement surrounding Arteta and Arsenal at the moment, the fact is that the North London club are currently as low as 11th in the Premier League table with 12 points from eight matches.