Arsenal to Sell Five as Arsene Wenger Targets French International Pair

Emirates Stadium boss to clear away some dead wood ahead of new arrivals.

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Andrey Arshavin’s loan spell at Zenit St Petersburg is set to become permanent if the Russian club agree to pay an £8million fee.

Nicklas Bendtner, Carlos Vela, Sebastien Squillaci and Denilson could also all go this summer, but their high salaries mean shifting them is proving a major problem.

They have already signed Cologne’s Germany forward Lukas Podolski, are close to agreeing a £12m deal for Montpellier and France striker Olivier Giroud and also want Rennes’ French international midfielder Yann M’Vila.

SOURCE: Daily Mirror

Arsene Wenger stands to gain a lot from the rejuvenate form shown by Andrei Arshavin over the past few months. The Russian international was looking increasingly forlorn at the Emirates Stadium prior to a successful loan spell at his former club Zenit, during which time he helped them to a Russian Premier League title, and this has led to a better run of form for his national team.

Having helped Russia to an easy 3-0 win against Italy in a warm-up match Arshavin then put in a top notch display to help Russia to thrash the Czech Republic 4-1.

Wenger will therefore either garner the fruits of that return to form by bringing the 31 year old back into the fold or if he does choose to sell the winger then he will have less of a problem getting a side to meet his £8m asking price.

The Gunners boss may opt to sell Arshavin as he has the likes of Gervinho, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ryo Miyaichi to use as wide options.

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