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Emirates Stadium boss ready to trim squad.
Arsène Wenger says Johan Djourou and Sebastien Squillaci could leave Arsenal this month.
The Arsenal manager’s primary focus is this weekend’s FA Cup tie at Swansea City but, as expected, he had plenty of questions to field about the transfer window at his pre-match press conference.
Wenger said there was “no news” on a rumoured move for Andrey Arshavin but he revealed that others may move on.
“Squillaci, if he finds a club, he will certainly go,” said Wenger. “Djourou might go somewhere as well, that will be decided in the next 48 to 72 hours.”
Ultimately though, Wenger is more concerned about the players who could make a difference at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday.
“In our job it is important that you focus on what is really important, the players who can help the club to win the games,” he said.
“Those players who are somewhere on the transfer market will not help you to win the games. For us it is important to focus on our next game and our next game can only be won by the players who are here.”
SOURCE: Official Arsenal Website
Arsene Wenger is more than aware that his expansive squad is riddled with players he has no use for and whilst in the past the Arsenal boss has been keen to hoard such players for worst case scenarios that come with an injury crisis or a severe loss of form from his usual first team squad it seems that the Emirates Stadium manager is keen to offload a number of players in order to balance the books at the North London club.
TuttoMercato report that Bundesliga side Hannover are very keen to sign Arsenal bit-part player Johan Djourou.
The determined defender has struggled to retain a spot in Arsene Wenger’s first team set-up throughout his eight years at the North London club and it may well be time for the Swiss international to move on or risk stagnating in the Arsenal reserves.
The 25 year old hasn’t played a single minute of Premier League football this term.
Sebastien Squillaci has been an unmitigated disaster since his move to Arsenal. The experienced centre-back was brought in to steady the ship at the back, an alternative option that Wenger hoped to turn to as he looked to challenge for honours on a number of fronts.
However the former Sevilla man has not adapted to life in the English top tier, looking woefully off the pace and out of his depth.
Given that Arsenal have three top quality centre-backs in the form of Laurent Koscielny, Per Mertesacker and Thomas Vermaelen it does seem as though Djourou and Squillaci are very much surplus to requirements.
Andrei Arshavin was lauded as one of the top talents in Europe following his exploits at the Euro 2008 finals and a few months later he secured a £15m move to join Arsenal where his career should then have progressed ever upwards. However this never quite occurred.
The 31 year old winger has been a disappointment for much of his four years at the Emirates Stadium, save for a four goal haul at Liverpool and a goal against Barcelona, and now Arsene Wenger is ready to call time on Arshavin’s Gunners career.
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