Arsenal have been fairly active in this transfer market. Old war horses have made way for new heroes, and this window is still far from over for the Gunners. Arsene Wenger has cleared his intention of signing at least two new faces before September. The rumor mills have gone overboard speculating who these ‘new faces’ will be, but irrespective of any arrivals there are bound to be some departures.
With the transfer window about to close in a few day’s time, Arsene Wenger is likely to get rid of most of the deadwood. Manuel Almunia and Carlos Vela have already left the team and there will be few more to follow. While some departures will be forced, there are few that will be unnecessary. Here is a look at the possible names who could leave the club.
Andrei Arshavin has nearly been a forgotten man at Arsenal. He came on as a substitute in the second half against Sunderland in the opening game of the season, and was largely anonymous. The Russian international had a very impressive Euros for his national team, but despite that his future has been up for speculation. In the second half of last season, Arshavin was sent out on loan to Zenit St. Petersburg.
Arsenal are heavily loaded in the wide areas with Gervinho, Walcott and Chamberlain in the squad. Podolski is another player who plays out wide along with versatile Santi Cazorla who can fill in that position with ease. It looks highly unlikely that he will get into the starting eleven ahead of any of the names mentioned above and more over Arsene Wenger is unlikely to play him in his more favored central position.
Zenit and Galatasaray have been linked with a move for the Russian. Earlier in the window Denis Lachter, Arshavin’s former agent, said –
“As far as I know Zenit are not planning to bring Arshavin back to the club. It’s clear that he’s no use to Arsenal either, but the London club are set on earning some money back on his sale. The St Petersburg club are planning to strengthen their squad, but not with Arshavin. However, I think that the player himself very much wants to return to the Zenit camp.”
According to the latest news, Zenit has once again entered the race for Arshavin’s signature and are in advanced talks with Arsenal regarding his sale. Zenit have neither denied or accepted the rumors. It is believed that Arsenal are holding off for a transfer fee of $15.8 million and the Russian club are trying to get him at a much lesser price. Either way, it looks like the enigmatic Russian’s venture at the Emirates is nearing its end as Arsenal look to bring down the wage bill for new signings.
Theo Walcott is in his final year of his contract and is yet to sign an extension. The England international is said to be holding out for a £100k per week wage. Arsene Wenger in a recent interview said –
“We are still trying to extend his (Walcott’s) deal. When a player doesn’t want to stay you either force him or you let him go. We live in the economic reality which other clubs do not. There are some things we cannot afford to do, it is as simple as that. How much do you want to pay - £250,000 a week? £300,000? We are here to make the players as rich as possible but also to respect our balance sheet.”
“Honestly, I think it is a short-term problem. You cannot imagine the world will go on just splashing money out without any return. When you have lost the standard of living for normal people, and the football world always gets higher and higher, that cannot last because people will not accept it.”
Although Arsene is unwilling to part ways with the winger, the rumors of Jesus Navas being linked with the club has led many to believe that Arsenal are looking for a back-up plan if Theo Walcott decides to reject an extension. Liverpool are said to be interested in the Englishman along with Chelsea, who may cool off considering theyjust signed Victor Moses.
The Moroccan striker has been out in the cold, much like Andrei Arshavin. Despite starting his Arsenal career brightly, the former Bordeaux striker seems to have lost his mojo. Arsenal have already brought two forwards this summer and are said to be in the market for a third, which certainly doesn’t auger well for the Chamakh’s future at the club.
Fierce rivals Tottenham and Blackburn Rovers have been linked with a move for the lanky striker. Though there has been no formal bid, Spurs need forwards desperately and they could make a move for Chamakh after securing former Gunner Adebayor. Blackburn on the other hand are said to have turned towards Chamakh after having their bid for Huddersfield’s striker Jordan Rhodes was rejected.
Bendtner returned from his loan spell at Sunderland and have etched to leave ever since. He has even talked of his three wishes for his prospective new club.
“Arsenal is not an option and that is something both the club and I agree on. Yes I have (turned down lot of offers) and there are a lot of different reasons for that. I have three demands and I won’t sign a deal with clubs who aren’t prepared to fill those demands.”
“First wish was to play in the UEFA Champions League and be able to travel to London to visit my son without any hassle. Secondly I need to be happy. A lot of people think that it is all about the money, but money does not matter if you are not happy. I have been in a situation before where I made a lot of money without being happy. I need to be happy when I come in which is universal for everyone.”. And the third condition? “Playing regularly.”
“You need to be excited to come in to work.”
In a recent interview Wenger has said that Bendtner can leave. AC Milan have long been linked with a move for the striker. It is rumored that Philippe Mexes could be involved in a part exchange deal.
He is certainly not a deadwood, but is likely to go out on loan this season. The youngster spent whole of the last season on the sidelines due to injury. Recently he has spoken of his desire to go out on loan to gain first team experience, which he is unlikely to attain at Arsenal this season considering the number of players Arsenal have in midfield. Henderson in an interview to the official site said –
“It is important for me to get games this season. I think the plan for me now is to go out on loan, get some first-team experience and see where I go from there. A few clubs are asking about me but I think they want to see I am match fit before they take me, so hopefully I can have a few more games for the under-21s and do that.”
He is perhaps the most mysterious signing Wenger has made in his illustrious career. To be fair to him, he wasn’t even given a proper chance to prove his worth. Robin van Persie’s brilliant form and good luck with injury last season meant there was very few chances available for other strikers. And when those chances arrived, Wenger preferred Chamakh to Park. So after making just six appearances (in all competitions) in his debut season, Park has supposedly been asked to look for a new club.
Blackburn Rovers were earlier interested in him, with clubs from the UAE also looking closely at him. However Park wants to play in Europe and will be thrilled that Fulham have been linked with a move for him. The Korean won a bronze medal in the recently completed Olympics, but he was far from impressive in the London games, which also resulted in him being dropped from the semi-final match against Brazil. Park’s unceremonious spell at London seems to be over, that is unless he moves to Fulham.
Yes, Arsenal still have him in the squad! Quite unsurprisingly Arsenal haven’t been able to find a buyer till now. No club has been brave enough to show any open interest, except Olympiacos perhaps. The last rumor about a move for Squillaci did the rounds on 10th August, which certainly seems like an eternity ago.