Emirates Stadium side to make sweeping changes to squad as Arsene Wenger makes room for new additions.
Arsene Wenger is ready to swing the axe as he looks to conduct a major Arsenal clear-out that will see six senior Gunners squad members offloaded either in January or next summer as the Emirates Stadium side look to improve a squad after a lean period of recent history for the North London club.
Wenger will be looking to bring in a number of new players but has been informed by the Arsenal board that he must partly fund any new deals by trimming his squad and cutting the club’s wage bill.
Andre Santos is among the group of player Wenger will look to garner a decent fee for. The Brazilian has had a woeful season thus far but the international full-back, who cost Arsenal £5.8m in August 2011, could raise a reasonable fee as a number of sides in Europe have expressed interest in the 29 year old wide-man.
The former Fenerbahce’s inability to secure a regular spot in the Arsenal side was exacerbated by the incident at Old Trafford earlier this season when he requested former team-mate Robin Van Persie’s Man United shirt at half-time, a decision that angered many Gunners supporters.
Arsene Wenger will finally look to sell Andrei Arshavin in January and will hope that interest from the winger’s native Russia results in a concrete offer and even a nominal fee will be accepted as the Arsenal boss looks to remove the 31 year old’s wages from the balance sheet.