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Arsenal set for January sales

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Arsenal defenders Johan Djourou and Sebastien Squillaci look set to depart the club in the coming days, amidst rumoured interest from teams across Europe.

Djourou, who has made 87 league appearances for the Gunners after almost a decade with the club, has been the subject of intense transfer speculation with reports suggesting he is being targeted by Bundesliga side Hannover.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger did little to quell the speculation surrounding Djourou's future when asked in a recent press conference.

Speaking to Arsenal's official club website, he said: "Djourou might go somewhere . . . that will be decided in the next 48 to 72 hours."

The other player strongly linked with an exit from the club is 32-year-old Squillaci. The former Sevilla defender told Vermatin.com: "I will be out of contract at the end of the season. As things stand, I will leave, perhaps during the January transfer window or else in June.

"Marseille, Nice, Monaco, Bastia and Ajaccio are clubs who speak to me. I am 32, and I still have two or three good seasons left."

Wenger also admitted that he will listen to offers for the France international, adding: "Squillaci, if he finds a club, will certainly go."

This news is likely to be welcomed by the Arsenal faithful, who have long been calling for Wenger to sell a number of fringe players who have scarcely been involved at the Emirates this season - Djourou and Squillaci included.

With both players having fallen well down the pecking order at the Emirates, selling the defensive duo makes both football and financial sense, with Wenger freeing up wages in order to strengthen the squad elsewhere.

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Arsenal
Football
Sebastien Squillaci
Johan Djourou
Premier League

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