Arsenal Plan Five Man Clear-Out as Arsene Wenger Looks to Boost Transfer Funds

Emirates Stadium side hope to garner funds from sale of unneeded personnel.

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Arsenal are planning a clear-out in an attempt to boost their coffers even further during the January sales.

The news comes just 24 hours after the club’s board were heavily criticised by supporters for failing to replicate their financial success on the pitch.

Theo Walcott could lead the clearance, with Marouane Chamakh, Andrey Arshavin, Johan Djourou and Sebastien Squillaci also to be made available.

SOURCE: Daily Mail

Arsenal fans will have been left once again questioning the North London club’s ambition after a cagey AGM where they were once again told that the club will be in a position to challenge for major honours but that such a challenge was likely to be some time in the future as the Gunners continue to adopt a restrictive transfer policy that essentially requires Arsene Wenger to sell before he can buy.

To that end it’s no surprise to read a story relating to the need for Wenger to offload some deadwood in order to help finance the pursuit of much needed January additions.

However the five players mentioned by this source would struggle to garner a great deal in terms of finances. The only member of the five who is a quality performer who is actually likely to attract attention is 23 year old winger Theo Walcott, only the England man’s value is depreciating by the day as he is out of contract next summer.

Therefore Arsenal would be lucky to get more than £10m for a player who is undoubtedly worth a great deal more.

The remaining quartet are a mixture of has-beens and never have-beens.

Marouane Chamakh promised a great deal and impressed in the early months of his Arsenal career before going seriously off the boil and now being very much surplus to requirements Wenger can only hope he can get some sort of fee for the 28 year old Moroccan.

Johan Djourou is a determined defender who is simply not good enough to represent a side with top four ambitions. Andrei Arshavin has flattered to deceive for the best part of three years and Sebastien Squillaci is a train wreck of a signing. The French veteran was brought in to offer solidity at the back and yet whenever has been called upon he has looked well and truly out of his depth.

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