There are currently players on the Arsenal payroll that the club could do without.
It will also bolster the summer transfer kitty to acquire top players to fill the gaps in the current outfit.
Arsenal lack attacking options. Olivier Giroud has done fairly well this season but he is also the only out-and-out striker in the Gunners attack at the moment.
Theo Walcott has been deployed down the middle on a few occasions but seems to struggle against deep-lying defences. He has also suffered a dip in form and hasn’t scored in two months, however, he remains Arsenal’s top scorer this season with 18 goals but his best position is still on the wing where he can provide assists for the main striker or cut in to score from a wide position.
Gervinho has started to show some form, scoring goals and assists in the last two games but the player isn’t an outright striker and struggles to finish under pressure.
The Emirates outfit therefore need a typical striker who can put the ball in the back of the net at every chance.
Arsene Wengers side are also in need of a defensive midfielder. Mikel Arteta has performed admirably but it isn’t his natural position and the Spaniard often struggles in front of the back-four against organised attacks. And Abou Diaby is out injured yet again – this time for nine months, therefore Wenger will have to look for a holding midfielder with a big physical presence that can hold off attacks and support the back four.
And finally, they’ll need to strengthen the defence. With the possibility of Bacary Sagna leaving, Carl Jenkinson will need some competition for the right-back position and with the horrible form captain Thomas Vermaelen has shown this season Wenger will also have to consider acquiring another centre-back.
Wenger therefore has to dig deep and spend big during the summer. It has been said that the Arsenal boss will have a substantial transfer kitty to work with in the summer but offloading unneeded players could bolster spending power even more.
The seven players that do not fit into the Arsenal outfit any longer and should be offloaded are:
The striker has never been a favourite among the Arsenal faithful and the Dane won’t be missed if he should be sold off. Bendtner is currently out on loan to Juventus.
Although there were high hopes for the Brazilian, he failed to live up to expectations and put on a number of poor performances. He is currently on loan with Sao Paulo in his homeland.
There was a brief stint where Djourou held his own in the Arsenal defence but it didn’t last very long and the club cannot afford to have anymore mediocre defenders as that is what cost the team this season for the most part. He is on loan with Hannover in Germany.
The Moroccan striker hasn’t started for the Gunners in a long time and he certainly hasn’t been missed all that much. Inconsistent performances and lack of goals isn’t acceptable in a striker if the Gunners are going to compete for titles and silverware.
Another Brazilian that Wenger had high hopes for, but the left-back proved inadequate, especially this season when he had to stand in for an injured Kieran Gibbs. His positional play and defending cost the Gunners greatly. Fortunately he was replaced with Nacho Monreal in January and the Spaniard has since proved he deserves to be there. Santos is currently on loan with Gremio in Brazil.
Another ordinary defender that the Emirates club can do without. The Frenchman signed for Arsenal at the same time as his compatriot Laurent Koscielny and where the one excelled the other dropped off the radar and Squilacci hasn’t featured much for Arsenal due to inconsistent and poor performances.
It will be sad to see the little Russian go as he has performed very well for Arsenal in the past and scored important goals for the club. But Arshavin suffered a significant and prolonged loss of form and has become a shadow of the player who lit up Euro 2008 with Russia.
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