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Arsenal must shift deadwood players to win the Premier League

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Arsenal have a lot of fringe players in their squad and need to make room for new signings capable of first team football next season.

Over recent years, Arsenal have managed to add some real quality to their ranks with signings such as Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.

Despite the fact that these players were no longer seen as an integral part of their former teams, Arsene Wenger is currently getting the best out of the pair in north London.

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Petr Cech is the latest addition and hopes are high for the Czech international, 33, who has proven his class over the past decade as Chelsea’s No.1 Thibaut Courtois, 23.

However, there have also been mistakes. Players who never got their chance, and players who proved themselves total misfits such as Park Chu-Young, Ryo Miaychi, Nicklas Bendtner and Andre Santos among others.

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High earning failures

The amount of wages payed to these types of players ranges from high to low, especially the infamous “Lord” Bendtner, who  earned a reported £52,000-a-week, and demanded the squad number to match.

Arsenal have been struggling to offload some of the “dead wood” over the years for this very reason, but it finally looks as if they determined to ship out players who are no longer required as well as purchasing the players they actually need. Many people believe that the manager has been too loyal to underachievers and too patient.

Abou Diaby is an example of a player who had a bright future overshadowed by injuries but still had the manager’s trust.

The loyalty factor

Diaby has now left the club after nine years. Lukas Podolski recently left the club, joining Galatasaray for £1.8m, but he must not be the last one out of the door.

He showed great club spirit during his time and the fans were quite fond of him. However, people seemed to agree that his time had come. Mathieu Flamini also seems to be on his way after being outshone by Francis Coquelin and failing to convince Wenger of his ability.

At the moment, Arsenal are freeing up a lot of money in wages, which should technically allow them to invest in new and hungry players that fit Arsene Wenger’s philosophy.

However, there is still the issue of the squad players who have remained and want to play. It looks like club captain Mikel Arteta is in for a new contract. In addition, Tomas Rosicky signed an extension last season, which gives Wenger some issues about how to integrate the veterans in Arsenal’s new dynamic team.

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