Will Arsenal finally shift the deadwood?

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One thing that has become a hallmark of Arsenal over the last few years is Arsene Wenger's inability to seperate useless players for world-class players. 

Of course, all managers will have a few dud transfers to their name but Wenger's wall of shame consists of more than any top club manager should have. 

In recent years the signings of players such as Nicklas Bendtner, Denilson, Sebastien Squillaci, Park Chu-Young, Andrey Arshavin, Gervinho and Andre Santos have caused Arsenal fans untold frustration in terms of their dismal performances as well as the overall £43 million spent bringing them into the club. 

Park Chu-Young played just three games in his first season at Arsenal, starting once. He spent his second season on loan at Celta Vigo. Both Denilson and Bendtner have spent their last two seasons on loan. 

Squillaci has been a liability at best. Arshavin shone at Euro 2008 and had a great performance against Liverpool in which he scored four goals at Anfield. Gervinho has had a hand full of average performances. Then comes Santos. 

Santos arrived from Fenerbahçe in 2011. He has made 25 appearances for Arsenal and he is not a player who will live long in the memory. 

The extent of Santos' uselessness was revealed after he was sent on loan to Gremio. Arsenal fans, and Santos himself, were excited that Santos was on his way out but Gremio didn't believe that Santos was good enough for their team. It seems that Wenger has fought himself into a corner with Santos. It seems no one wants to buy him now. 

The best memory many Arsenal fans will have of these players will be when they leave and at the moment many of them seem to be on the way out. Denilson, Squillaci and Arshavin have been released from their contracts at Arsenal. Arsenal are so desperate to get rid of Bendtner that they have accepted five offers for him. Park Chu-Young is back at Arsenal after his loan spell in Spain. Gervinho has somehow attracted attention from Marseille and Galatasaray. Santos hasn't attracted any attention from any club that we know of and so it seems that he will be around next season at least.

Getting rid of the deadwood at Arsenal is another step in the right direction for the club. It opens up spots in the team that weren't available before, as well as adding millions of pounds into the wage pot, which can be used on players who actually deserve their pay. 

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