Arsenal let an incredible 17 players leave the club in the summer.

Fringe players who weren't deemed good enough were either released or shipped out, freeing up wages and streamlining the Gunners squad.

The likes of Andrey Arshavin, Marouane Chamakh and Sebastien Squillaci were allowed to leave the club for nothing, while Gervinho and Vito Mannone were booted out for cut-price fees.

It appeared to be Arsene Wenger finally realising that a host of players at the club weren't good enough to deliver the club trophies. 

Their departures cleared much needed wages to fund the signing of Mesut Ozil.

However, Wenger only half-finished the job. Dead-wood remains adrift in the Arsenal camp.

Not even the staunchest of Arsenal fans or Wenger advocates could argue that the likes of Nicklas Bendtner or Park Chu-Young are capable of playing a part in a title winning season.

Along with the two forwards - who would struggle to make the grade at relegation-threatened Premier League clubs - youngster Ryo Miyachi has failed to show he has anywhere near the quality to push for the Arsenal first-team.

And whilst impressing late in the last campaign, Lukasz Fabianski should be shifted to bring in serious competition for Wojciech Szczesny.

The Arsenal squad is already short on numbers, and some might say losing these fringe players would only pressure the team further.

However, keeping players at the club who are clearly short of the needed ability to aid Arsenal is detrimental.

Their mere appearance on the pitch can demoralise fans and disrupt the rhythm of a team - as we saw on Tuesday night when Wenger's side lost to Chelsea.

Besides Bendtner and Miyachi, the Gunners had a strong side, yet their inclusions inhibited the home side and it was visible that the likes of Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla were hesitant to pass to them.

Wenger has always enjoyed working with small squads - the 2004 Invincibles were a strong, yet small group of talented players.

Quality over quantity was the name of the game during Arsenal's most successful period.

And if releasing Bendtner, Park, Miyachi and Fabianski means Arsenal can add just one other quality player to the group, they could re-discover the chemistry that once made them great.

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