The departure of the long-serving 31-year-old World Cup winner - a member of the 2003-2004 ´Invincibles´ side - comes a day after the sale of unsettled Alexander Hleb to Barcelona.
With the combative Mathieu Flamini having also left on a free transfer to AC Milan at the end of last season, Wenger must now rebuild the heartbeat of a team which set the early pace in the Barclays Premier League before eventually fading out of the title race.
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