Arsene Wenger looks to cut costs in pursuit of quality and not quantity in Emirates Stadium squad clear-out.
Arsene Wenger is preparing a major Emirates Stadium clear-out as he looks to streamline his unwieldy squad with a move to quality over quantity, a move that will help to cut the club’s escalating wage bill and offer him more funds to bring in fresh additions to improve an Arsenal squad that is fighting to secure a Champions League berth rather than challenging for major honours.
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A number of players in Wenger’s expansive squad could not be considered as crucial but have nonetheless continued to be on the club’s pay-roll either merely because a suitable buyer has not been found or it has been deemed a better short term solution to loan the individual in question to another side in the hope of securing a permanent exit.
Arsene Wenger will look to sell Danish international Nicklas Bendtner this summer and will accept reduced bids in the region of £4-£5m to secure the wiping of the player’s wage packet from the balance sheet.
The 25 year old last played a senior match for the North London side back in August 2011 and has been out on loan at Sunderland and then Juventus since. With just one year left on his current Arsenal contract Wenger is keen to finally ship out the giant forward, who has never been a first team regular.
Sebastien Squillaci was close to a move away from Arsenal in January, with Bastia said to be keen, but still the French veteran warms the Gunners bench. Brighton expressed their interest in the former Sevilla man but a loan move was apparently not one the centre-back was interested in.
Wenger is ready to release the experienced defender on a free transfer this summer after Squillaci repeatedly failed to impress, looking at times off the pace and not up to the standard one would expect at a club that is in the upper reaches of the Premier League.
Lukasz Fabianski has suffered with injuries and poor form for much of his Arsenal tenure and with talk of Wenger looking to bring in an experienced keeper to keep Wojciech Szczesny on his toes, it appears that the 27 year old has played his last game for the club.
His last Premier League appearance came more than two years ago and with Vito Mannone cementing his place as the club’s current number two Wenger is ready to sell the former Legia Warsaw man.