Some Emirates Stadium deadwood that could do with being removed.
After extending their unwanted trophy drought to eight-years, Arsene Wenger will once again be looking to overhaul his Gunners squad ahead of the new Premier League season. With a reported £70million at his disposal the French boss is set to make waves in the summer transfer market although we are yet to see any major new arrivals. Over his years at the Emirates Stadium Wenger has made some costly mistakes in the transfer market and it could be these errors of judgements that are preventing money and wages being spent on quality players this summer. Until he manages to get rid of the deadwood that hangs around the squad, the Gunners will struggle to compete again at the top of the English game. These are a collection of wage-drainers who Wenger should consider selling this summer.
Signed on a free transfer from Bordeaux in 2010, fresh from helping the French side secure the Ligue 1 title, much was anticipated from the Morocco international as he arrived at the Emirates Stadium. However it clear to see that the 29-year-old is yet to fulfil his potential with the Gunners, his play is too slow for the Premier League and his finishing leaves a lot to be desired. His debut season suggested it may work in England as he hit a decent return of 11 goals in his 44 starts for the club. But his form has gone rapidly downhill from then onwards Now a squad player with just three goals in the last two season, he is someone Wenger won’t even call on when facing an attacking injury crisis like last season. In fact he made just two appearances for Arsenal and finished the campaign out on-loan with West Ham but he only appeared three times before being returned to North London. Linked with a summer move back to the French league where he was so successful before, it would be a transfer that pleased all parties. The flop striker is paid a reported £60k-a-week so he really needs to be offloaded to free up much-needed wages for better quality player, any transfer fee received would be a boost.