Arsenal duo near exit door

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that forward Gervinho is close to leaving the club with an agreement nearly being reached with an unnamed side. 

The Frenchman also revealed that striker Marouane Chamakh is close heading for the Arsenal exit door.

The Gunners boss has been keen on letting a lot of players leave the club this summer so that he could free up the wage bill in order to bring in some new faces, but at the moment, departures are only happening at the Emirates.

The likes of Andrey Arshavin, Sebastian Squillaci, Denilson, Vito Mannone, Andre Santos and Johan Djourou have all left the club this summer, with the latter being a loan move, and Wenger is keen on selling at least three more first-team players.

It is thought that Gervinho is close to agreeing a move to Italian side AS Roma, but it is uncertain whether or not that is the club Wenger was talking about when he announced the news in his conference after his side fought back to draw 2-2 with Napoli in the Emirates Cup.

Another possible exit could be Moroccan Chamakh and Wenger has admitted that a permanent move may be on the cards for the striker, but they will have to wait and see what develops in the next 48 hours.

As for Nicklas Bendtner, who is also on the transfer list at Arsenal, he is nowhere near leaving the club according to the Frenchman.

Wenger said: "Gervinho - we are at the moment close to an agreement with a club where he should go. 

"Bendtner we are nowhere. At the moment he is completely here. Chamakh might go somewhere, it will be decided in the next 48 hours. [They are] permanent moves."

The Gunners boss also commented on the current Luis Suarez situation and he revealed that the club made one formal bid to Liverpool for the Uruguayan.

"I never said we have made a bid to Liverpool, now I can tell you we have made one, so at least that is some information. 

"All the rest, I would like to keep to us. If we progress in that situation, we will inform you. At the moment, that is where we are."


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