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Hart, Toure and the Premier League unwanted XI

Tuesday 30th August 2016
The 2016/17 Premier League season is gradually taking shape with new managers as well as players aptly adjusting to the high demands of the English top tier. However, it's a paradigm shift for some others who seem to be struggling to remain relevant at clubs they were one-time deemed untouchables. 

With just a few days left till the end of the summer transfer, we examine the strongest possible starting XI of players who are rumoured to be unwanted by their clubs - managed by embattled Arsenal coach, Arsene Wenger.

Goalkeeper



Joe Hart

Joe Hart's current ordeal at Manchester City is one many wouldn't have anticipated towards the end of last season. "He has consistently over the last 5 or 6 seasons shown he is among the best goalkeepers in the world," Italy legend, Gianluigi Buffon said. However, new City boss, Pep Guardiola doesn't think so following the signing of Claudio Bravo from Barcelona which will most likely end Hart's 10-year stint at the club.

Defence



Eliaquim Mangala

Another City player who will most likely be shown the exit door by Guardiola is France defender, Eliaquim Mangala who joined with a huge reputation from Porto for £42million in 2014. His two seasons have been error-strewn and things apparently got worst for the 25-year-old following the capture of John Stones from Everton.

Mamadou Sakho

Starting alongside his compatriot in the heart of our unwanted XI is Liverpool defender, Mamadou Sakho. Sakho's Liverpool future plunged into doubt after he was sent home early from their pre-season tour in July for indiscipline – coupled with his 30-day ban for failing a drug test.

Matteo Damian

Matteo Damian first taste of club football outside Italy was a torrid campaign last season with Manchester United which led to the eventual sacking of former coach, Louis van Gaal. Now with the Dutchman gone, the 26-year-old is facing an even more daunting task to break into Jose Mourinho's team with Antonio Valencia preferred instead.

Mathieu Debuchy
Completing our four-man defence is another French defender, Mathieu Debuchy. Debuchy's dream move to Arsenal from Newcastle in 2014 ironically coincided with the emergence of Spanish youngster, Hector Bellerin. The 31-year-old might just be heading out of the Emirates after the club website removed his name from the list for replica kits.

Midfield



Yaya Toure
Guardiola was partly responsible for Yaya Toure's departure from Barcelona with the 33-year-old revealing in 2014 that the Spaniard “had no faith in me”. At this time' the Ivorian was an integral part of a City team that just won their second Premier League title. Fast forward two years after, Toure's worst nightmare happened – Guardiola joined City and same scenario is already playing out again.

Bastian Schweinsteiger

Ex-Germany skipper, Bastian Schweinsteiger, is probably the biggest casualty of Mourinho's United revolution. The 2014 FIFA World Cup winner has been frozen out by the Portuguese who made it clear that he is not in his plans. “I think it's very difficult to happen,” Mourinho said about the chances of the former Bayern Munich midfielder.

Samir Nasri

Samir Nasri returned to pre-season overweight and instantly earned the ire of Guardiola. City are believed to be ready to listen to offers in the region of £17m for Nasri who they signed from Arsenal in 2011. He played a key role in the Citizen's two title triumphs, but amassed just seven appearances last season.

Forwards



Wilfred Bony

Ivorian striker, Wilfred Bony, will most likely be offloaded by Guardiola after failing to impress since his move from Swansea in 2015 in a deal worth £28m. In this time, Bony notched just six Premier League goals despite Sergio Aguero spending a lot of time on the side-lines.

Oumar Niasse

Senegal striker, Oumar Niasse, could be on his way out of Everton just six months after joining in February from Lokomotiv Moscow for £13.5m. He arrived Goodison Park with an outstanding pedigree, but struggled to make any impact in England with Toffees boss, Ronald Koeman, insisting “If Niasse likes to play football he needs to leave Everton.”

Mario Balotelli
Completing our three-man attack is Liverpool outcast, Mario Balotelli, who has been told by manager, Jurgen Klopp, to forget about a return to Anfield. The 26-year-old was farmed out on loan to AC Milan last season after disappointing in his debut campaign with the Reds.

Formation: 4-3-3

Manager : Arsene Wenger

 
Toby Prince

If the sport has 11-men on each side, a ball and lasts for 90 minutes then I'll write about it. Simply put, I'm an unrepentant soccer freak that other freaks will, however, call a geek. I do find time for music when not watching the beautiful game, though and have been known to produce the odd track. 


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