Gunners pair set to leave the Emirates?
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Manuel Almunia and Andrei Arshavin ‘set for Arsenal transfer exits’
Arsenal may be prepared to sell two of their former first-team stalwarts this January, with goalkeeper Manuel Almunia and forward Andrei Arshavin both said to be close to leaving the club.
Almunia, 33, has always been top of the likely departures from the Emirates Stadium this month after falling behind both Lukasz Fabianski and Wojciech Szczesny in the pecking order.
He is being linked with a move to Turkish giants Galatasaray, having seen interest from Atletico Madrid cool after he was initially linked with a move back to his homeland of Spain.
However, speculation surrounding the future of the out-of-form Arshavin could cause unrest among some sections of the club’s fanbase, where there remains support for the creative but mercurial and inconsistent Russian.
His recent form has caused some concern for Gunners supporters, who are split over his value to the team.
And his agent, Dennis Lachter, has revealed a move to Italian giants Juventus could be on the cards before the end of the month.
‘There’s a possibility of Andrei’s move to Juventus,’ Lachter said. (Metro)
Whilst there will be little in the way of sorrow when Manuel Almunia makes his inevitable exit either this month or in the summer the idea that Andrei Arshavin may be off to pastures new will rightly worry some. Yes the Russian has looked very sullen and moody this season but that said he is still been an effective attacking weapon so perhaps the best thing for Arsene Wenger to do would be to try and work out what the hell is wrong with Arshavin.
Juventus are linked with a move for the 29 year old and his agent has helpfully latched on to this speculation as he looks for his next percentage. The talented attacker is a great player when he is 100% focused and fit and Arsenal fans saw that for themselves for the first year he was at the club but things have appeared to get progressively worse since the summer.
The Serie A club are looking to rebuild in the hope of becoming genuine title chasers again and the Turin outfit’s owners are ready to spend big in order to recapture old glories and with that in mind they will be more than happy to meet his £20m valuation, whereas butterfingers Almunia would leave for around £2m and may opt for a return to Spain over a move to Turkey.
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