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Arsenal aim to offload Bendtner, Arshavin and host of flops after sealing Giroud deal
Arsenal have turned their attention to slashing the club’s wage bill after Olivier Giroud’s capture took their spending to £24million.
The Gunners have confirmed the signing of France striker Giroud from French champions Montpellier.
Speaking to Arsenal TV, the 25-year-old said he found his lack of action at Euro 2012 frustrating but vowed to show why manager Arsene Wenger has forked out £12.8m to land him.
‘I think I have the weapons to do well here,’ he said. ‘I will need some time to adapt but I’m not worried about that.’
Giroud follows Arsenal’s £11m capture of Cologne striker Lukas Podolski.
The club now aim to shift unwanted players, but deals to move Denilson to Sao Paulo, Carlos Vela to Real Sociedad and Sebastien Squillaci to Bastia collapsed last week. They hope to resurrect all three of the proposed transfers.
Arsenal also want to offload Andrey Arshavin, Nicklas Bendtner, Marouane Chamakh, Park Chu-young and Johan Djourou.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
This makes fairly good sense but depends on clubs being interested in a few of this list, who may well struggle to net much in the way of funds. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is clearly keen on re-shuffling his Gunners pack but is not in the position where he can just spend spend spend without consequence.
Even though Arsenal are one of the richest clubs in European football they still maintain an ethos based on responsible spending. Whilst this may have contributed to a seven year run without silverware it’s still not time to totally abandon that principle, not least with UEFA’s FFP (Financial Fair Play) ruling set to bite.
Having brought in two new attacking options, quality ones at that, Wenger has clearly been told to trim the fat in the North London club’s squad.
Of the eight players named only one or two could generate significant funds.
Andrei Arshavin made an impact at Zenit during his loan spell at his former club, helping them to a Russian Premier League crown. Arsenal should look to net at least £7-8m for the attacking midfielder.
Nicklas Bendtner had a moderately successful loan spell at Sunderland and is a player who can offer something up front, albeit he is still finding it hard to put together a consistent goal-scoring run at club level, but has no such concerns when playing for the Danish national team. Arsene Wenger should be able to garner £5-6m for the 24 year old.
However sales of Marouane Chamakh, Sebastien Squallaci, Denilson, Park Chu-Young and Johan Djourou may prove tricky and won’t yield a great deal. However the sheer removal of these players wages, some of whom are on big money, will help balance the club’s balance sheet.
Carlos Vela is said to be wanted by Real Sociedad on a permanent basis after his successful loan stint at the La Liga side, some reports suggest that the Spanish side is only willing to offer £2.8m for the Mexican international, something of an insult, however Wenger may well elect to accept such an offer to help push through a quick sale ahead of pre-season.