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How Arsenal Can Bank £47m from the Sale of Eight Unwanted Stars

Emirates Stadium side could look to cash-in on unneeded performers to help boost transfer fund pot.

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Thomas Vermalen – £9m

Belgian defender is by no means a slouch and would walk into most top level teams but he is currently wasted at Arsenal and Arsene Wenger may do well to bring in a more youthful option to act as a back-up for first choice centre-back pairing Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker.

The 28 year old has barely had a look in and after over a year warming the Gunners bench there is a danger the former Ajax man will stagnate at the North London club and subsequently detrimentally affect his national team chances.

Mikel Arteta – £6m

Spanish veteran will apparently not be offered a new deal and with just over a year to run on his current contract now is the time to consider making something from the sale of the former Everton man.

The 32 year old has been poor this term and Arsene Wenger has a host of central midfield options if, and that’s a massive IF, all those available to him are fit and free of injury. Arteta is very much a player who would be surplus to requirements in the summer.

Ryo Miyaichi – £5m

Japanese international has promised a great deal but delivered very little and now after over three years at the club it seems clear the 21 year old is not quite the hot prospect many had predicted.

The sum total of Miyaichi’s Premier League career for the North London club is one solitary 17 minute run-out against Stoke City, time to sell.

Lukas Podolski – £11m

Podolski has scored just four goals in 14 Premier League appearances this season and even when fully fit he hasn’t been guaranteed a first team start, this despite Theo Walcott being ruled out by injury and Olivier Giroud being visibly exhausted after a lengthy run of action.

Though still very much a fan favourite there is no denying that Podolski has failed to live up to high expectations and has certainly suffered in his second season in the English top tier.

Arsenal should be able to recoup much, perhaps all, the £11m they paid Koln for his services in the summer of 2012.

Abou Diaby – £6m

Perennially injured and when fit ineffective it’s now time to call Abou Diaby’s Arsenal career to an end.

The 27 year old has managed to make just 23 Premier League starts in the course of the past four seasons and Arsene Wenger can no longer rely upon the Frenchman and should look to make a decent sum from his sale.

John Djourou – £3m

The 27 year old has never looked capable of forging a spot as a first team regular at Arsenal and Wenger will seek to find a permanent buyer for the Swiss international in preference to sending him out for another loan spell.

Djourou is currently on loan at struggling Hamburg after spending last season at Hannover and perhaps his efforts in the German top tier will convince a Bundesliga side to sign him outright?

Park Chu-Young – £3m

South Korean is very much a mistake signing by Arsene Wenger and his continued presence in Arsenal’s squad must be in part down to the fact that no side has made a firm move to sign the 28 year old forward, which is perhaps no big surprise.

Chu-Young has just over a year to run on his current deal but if Arsenal can garner a nominal fee for the former AS Monaco man then they will surely take the money and run.

Francis Coquelin – £4m

French utility man looked the part when called upon but is apparently not a player Arsene Wenger rates all that highly and is currently enjoying a loan spell at Freiburg and is unlikely to feature in the Arsenal first team any time soon.

Wenger would do well to not eternally send players out for repeated loan spells and in the case of Coquelin an outright sale would be best for all concerned.


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