Arsene Wenger ready to make significant changes to his Emirates Stadium squad.
Arsene Wenger is ready to conduct a major squad clear-out as he looks to free up funds to re-invest in new additions this summer. The Arsenal boss has watched on in anguish as his side slumped to just one win in their last seven Premier League matches, effectively ruining their title hopes and the Gunners manager is ready to act to help improve the club’s chances of securing meaningful silverware next term.
Arsenal may well be set to finish outside the top two for the sixth season in succession and the growing anger among the club’s supporters coupled with some woeful form shown by a significant portion of the squad will lead Wenger to listen to offers for as many as eight of his squad when the season comes to a close.
A great many of those targeted in the mass cull are defensively minded as Wenger looks to bring in a new keeper and an extra centre back to beef up a back line that has been unable to command any aerial authority and has made far too many elementary errors for Arsene’s liking.
Manuel Almunia will be offloaded after committing one too many fumbles and last summer arrival Sebastien Squillaci hasn’t adapted very well to Premier League football and could be on his way out after just one season. Wenger will look to cash in on Gael Clichy as the French left back has just one year left on his contract and seems unable to agree a new deal with the North London club.
Utility player Emmanuel Eboue will be made available to any interested parties as will under performing Brazilian Denilson. Wenger has run out of patience with Abou Diaby, whose undoubted talent has been hampered by woeful inconsistency. Tomas Rosicky could also be offloaded after the Czech Republic midfielder fell further down the pecking order.
Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner also seems destined for a move away from the Emirates after another season failing to deliver when called upon. The jury appears to be out on Andrei Arshavin and Marouane Chamakh with Arsene Wenger ready to give both players a chance to prove themselves next term.
New owner Stan Kroenke is ready to offer Wenger a significant funds but feels that space must be made in a squad that will see many youngsters return from successful loan spells and into the club’s squad. The likes of Henri Lansbury, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Ryo Miyaichi could be promoted to first team action after impressing with Norwich City, Cardiff City and Feyenoord respectively.
Wenger has also been strongly linked with moves to sign Gary Cahill from Bolton as well as a number of potential keeper signings.