Emirates Stadium boss set for sweeping squad changes.
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Gunner be a clear-out: Arsenal trying to offload up to seven stars in bid to free up transfer cash
Arsene Wenger will make a push for a giant clear out before pressing ahead with more summer signings.
Arsenal transfer fixer Dick Law is trying to offload Nicklas Bendtner, Denilson, Lukasz Fabianski and Carlos Vela as a priority in the next two weeks.
That is the biggest obstacle facing Arsenal’s clear out although Manuel Almunia – who is on West Ham’s radar – is out of contract and Andrey Arshavin is likely to make his loan move to Zenit St Petersburg permanent.
Arsenal may also listen to offers for Johan Djourou as they look for a new centre half. The club are hoping to get rid of Sebastien Squillaci even though Spurs appear to have jumped ahead in the race to sign Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen.
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
It says a lot about the sheer size, though not necessarily quality, of Arsene Wenger’s squad that Arsenal could happily lose all eight of these players without it having much of an impact. Among the eight mentioned are two keepers who are far too error prone, two defenders of varying degrees of mediocrity, two strikers who have tried, and failed, to break into the Gunners first team on more than a couple of occasions and a midfielder who has gone rapidly down-hill.
Indeed that would leave Andrei Arshavin as perhaps the one player in the group who could still have something to offer. The Russian fell victim to the boo-boys at Arsenal after one to many average displays but the 30 year old is still a hugely talented player and is still the club’s most expensive signing.
A loan spell back at Zenit appeared to shake some life into the winger ahead of Euro 2012 and if Arshavin returns to the North London club in the summer a new man then perhaps Wenger should give the crafty customer another roll of the dice.
Carlos Vela is one of the aforementioned strikers who failed to make an impact at the club but a solid season long loan spell at Real Sociedad could perhaps signal that the Mexican has successfully outgrown the ‘style over substance’ tag but any return to the Emirates Stadium would probably have to entail others leaving to make way.
This source believes this major clearout will precede efforts to land new targets and the Daily Mirror helpfully outlines who said targets are. See below.