Arsene Wenger ready to ring the changes at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is reportedly ready to conduct a major clear-out at the Emirates Stadium this summer after seeing his side notch up a sixth consecutive season without silverware. Those facing the axe are include under performing first team starters as well as squad players who have failed to impress the Gunners boss.
Wenger will listen to offers for French left back Gael Clichy who will have only one year left on his current contract when the season comes to an end and appears no nearer to agreeing a new deal. The 25 year old defender was dropped for Sunday’s game with Stoke City and ready made replacement Kieran Gibbs will take his spot, although some sources suggest that Arsenal may also be interested in Everton’s Leighton Baines.
Russian Andrei Arshavin was hauled off at half-time at the Britannia Stadium after another uninspiring display and the former Zenit St Petersburg man may be sold if an acceptable bid is made for the attacking midfielder. There has been talk recently of a possible return to Russia for the 29 year old.
Others facing the axe are fumbling keeper Manuel Almunia, utility man Emmanuel Eboue whilst Sebastien Squillaci looks likely to be offloaded after a series of poor performances displayed that the French international has failed to adapt to life in the Premier League.
Inconsistent midfielders Abou Diaby and Tomas Rosicky are also on Wenger’s outgoing list after one to many abject displays but strikers Nicklas Bendtner and Marouane Chamakh will apparently be given the chance to prove themselves to Wenger and may be spared as Arsene Wenger looks to cull players from his Arsenal squad ahead of significant transfer moves in the summer.
Many sources have stated that Wenger may reignite his interest in Everton defender Phil Jagielka and is apparently also interested in young midfielder Jack Rodwell. New Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke is willing to finance the purchasing of new additions and the funds accrued from player sales could leave Wenger with as much as £60m to invest over-hauling his squad.
Whilst the mercurial Frenchman is known for skimping and not one to splash the cash on big name signings but Wenger has confirmed that he is ready to take steps to get his side back on the title chasing track.
Wenger stated in a recent press conference: “We have a very young team and we want to strengthen the team, Number wise, how much that will be I don’t know. It depends as well who goes out, we have a big squad.”