Arsene Wenger confirmed that forwards Gervinho and Marouane Chamakh are close to moves away from the Emirates.

Gervinho, who joined the club in 2011 for around £11million from Lille, is believed to be in Rome completing his £7million to Roma - where he will be linking up with his former boss at Lille, Rudi Garcia.

Where as Chamakh is believed to be staying in the Premier League by joining newly promoted Crystal Palace. 

It is yet to be known if the deal will be on a loan or permanent basis. Chamakh received a huge build up when he signed for free from Bordeaux in 2010.

Both players failed to show their best for the Gunners and therefore their exits became inevitable. Gervinho only managed 11 goals in 63 games, with some horror misses included.

Whereas Chamakh scored 11 goals in his first Gunners season but failed to kick-on after that. Even a loan spell at West Ham couldn't get him firing.

The departures represent a substantial loss for Arsenal but more worryingly a lack of depth in the forward area for the Gunners. 

Wenger has tried to combat this with his only signing of the summer, a free transfer from Auxerre - Yaya Sanogo.   


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