Emirates Stadium side set for further departures.
Speculation is rife that Arsene Wenger is set to lose five more of his first team squad before the month comes to an end. The Arsenal boss today lost captain Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona, bringing to an end a seemingly endless pursuit by the Catalan club for their former youth team player, and now the Gunners boss is preparing to lose a number of other players.
Four of those set to depart are players on the periphery of Wenger’s first team picture and are likely to be offloaded as the North London club prepares to promote youngsters from the reserves and youth team as well as to accommodate likely new arrivals.
It is believed that utility man Emmanuel Eboue is set to join Galatasaray, the Ivory Coast international has not been given a squad number of this season, a sure fire sign that his services are no longer required and the two clubs are in advanced talks over a move to Turkey, bringing to an end his six year association with the club.
Mexican bit part player Carlos Vela is being courted by Real Sociedad and the arrival of Gervinho from Lille having further lessened the youngsters chances of breaking into the first team picture a move to La Liga seems to suit all parties. The 22 year old has managed just 3 Premier League starts for Arsenal and last season was loaned out to West Brom.
Manuel Almunia could well be following Vela to La Liga with Atletico Madrid and Valencia being linked with moves for the 34 year old who was not named in Arsenal’s squad for the Newcastle United match on the weekend.
Nicklas Bendtner is another striker said to be on the move and the Danish international’s departure may be more likely a temporary one as interested parties are seemingly not keen on meeting Arsenal’s reported asking price. Premier League sides Stoke City, Sunderland and Newcastle United are all said to be interested and Everton have enquired over a possible loan deal.
One player who Wenger would like to keep at the club is Samir Nasri but the Frenchman may well be sold to Man City to prevent the former Marseille man being a possible descenting voice in the dressing room and although the Arsenal manager would like to keep the attacker at the Emirates Stadium, even if it meant losing his services for free next summer, it is likely that any attractive offer forthcoming will be accepted.