Arsenal have announced that they have released a trio of players from the first-team.

Andrey Arshavin, Sebastian Squillaci and Denilson will all leave the club at the end of June once their current contracts expire.

It has been speculated and expected since January that both Arshavin and Squillaci would leave the club on a free at the end of the season and today the club have finally announced their plans to release them.

As for Denilson, he has been on loan in Brazil for two years now and the player and the club came to terms the other week that they would cancel the contract so that he could look for a permanent move elsewhere.

Arshavin made 144 appearances for Arsenal, scoring 31 times during his five-year stay since joining from Russian side Zenit St Petersburg for a club record fee of £15million.

The little Russian will be most remembered for his four goals he scored at Anfield when the two clubs drew 4-4 in an epic Premier League encounter.

He will also be remembered for scoring the winning goal at the Emirates Stadium against Barcelona in the Champions League, but since then, the midfielder has failed to break into the first-team and hasn't even featured on the substitute bench in recent months.

As for Denilson, the 25-year-old represented Arsenal on 153 occasions from 2006 to 2011 and his most recognised season at the club was the 2008/09 campaign when he played a whopping 51 games for the Gunners, only sitting out one Premier League match.

For Sebastian Squillaci, his time at Arsenal hasn't been as successful as he has only spent three years at the Emirates Stadium and only really featured in his first year at the club.

The three will all now be a free agent and will be allowed to move to any club.

Arsenal have wished them the best on their website and have thanked them for their services over the years.


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