Emirates Stadium to clear the way for further summer additions.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has his sights set on bringing in further summer additions but has been told by the club’s board that he must look to accrue funds from player sales and has earmarked six players he will look to cash in on during the current transfer window.
Having forked out £23m to bring in Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud and looking to hold firm on refusing to sell Robin Van Persie, Wenger will trim his Emirates Stadium squad by offloading players who have either under-performed or have fallen down the first team pecking order.
Wenger will hope to secure a fee in the region of £8m for Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner, who has fallen out of first team contention despite a relatively successful season long loan spell at Sunderland. The 24 year old has been strongly linked with interest from a number of Bundesliga sides and it seems highly unlikely the giant forward will still be at Arsenal come the end of the transfer window.
Black Cats boss Martin O’Neill may well look to sign the 6ft 5in striker on a permanent basis and having sold Asamoah Gyan to Al Ain there may be money in the coffers for a significant bid.
Andrei Arshavin cost Arsenal a club record £15m two and a half years ago and Wenger will look to secure a fee half that to help increase his transfer budget. The chances of a permanent move back to Zenit St Petersburg make have taken a knock following the comments made by the winger following Russia’s exit from the Euro 2012 finals.
In truth the 31 year old attacker hasn’t consistently lived up to the billing that followed Arshavin’s mercurial performances at Euro 2008 and Wenger will also be keen to get his wage packet off the club’s balance sheet, so could end up listening to reduced offers to help secure a quick sale.
Real Sociedad have reportedly made one £2.8m bid for Carlos Vela and Arsene Wenger is certainly ready to sell the Mexican international but will seek at least £5m from any sale. The talented forward has begun to mature into a more effective attacking weapon, finishing last term as the top scorer for the La Liga side he spent last season on loan with.
Amazing Vela has made just three Premier League starts since his move to the North London club more than six years ago.
Newly promoted Ligue 1 side Bastia have been sniffing around veteran French centre back Sebastien Squillaci and Arsene Wenger will be looking to secure a nominal fee of around £1-2m for the former Sevilla defender.
Squillaci was brought in to help add top level experience to the Gunners defence but has looked out of his depth, off the pace and has on the whole been an unmitigated disaster of a signing. The 31 year old played just 12 minutes of Premier League football last season.
Though Marouane Chamakh didn’t cost Arsenal a penny it’s fair to say that the Moroccan has been a huge disappointment. The former Bordeaux man started confidently enough but trailed off badly and has scored just one Premier League goal in the past 18 months.
Wenger will look to secure a fee in the region of £5m for the 28 year old and a number of Ligue 1 sides are said to be keen on making a move for a player who greatly impressed during his time in the French top tier. Chamakh is reportedly on £60-£65k a week so again there is value in his removal from the club’s wage bill.
South Korean international Park Chu-Young is another player who clearly hasn’t impressed Arsene Wenger, so much so that the Gunners boss only handed the former Monaco forward one sub appearance in the Premier League last term. The arrival of Podolski and Giroud further diminishes the chances of first team football and the Gunners boss will look to sell the forward this summer.
Arsene Wenger is hoping to secure further additions this summer having seen his Arsenal side slip to a seventh successive season without silverware and fallen further behind the Premier League title chasing pack. He may still hold out hope of persuading skipper Robin Van Persie to sign a new contract but knows that he must prove the North London club’s ambition and spending power this summer in order to mount a genuine title challenge in the coming campaign.
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