Arsenal must change transfer policy after Arshavin saga

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The Arsenal board have realised it's time for a restructure in player wages, as they look to bring in new material to strengthen the squad. Arshavin, Denilson, and Squillaci have all been allowed to leave the club as a result.

In order to bring in new players in an already packed squad, you have to free up space in wages but also in the limited 25-man squad.

Three burned out players, who have nothing more to contribute to The Gunners, have all been allowed to leave, as their contracts have expired. All three players were regulars in the Arsenal squad at some point, but with limited success, as they always appeared in the shadow of fellow team-mates.

Fair enough - Andrey Arshavin, 32 was an international star with a huge amount of experince, when he arrived back in January 2009. As he was the clubs record signing in a reported £15 million deal with childhood-club Zenit, there were high hopes of him taking the Premier League by storm. For me, Arshavin's Arsenal career lasted about six months. He displayed some memorable performances peaking with his four goal showdown at Anfield in April 2009, never to be forgotten.

However he dipped in form struggling to find the hunger and passion for football, and was frequently substituted until completely being removed from the squad.

Ever since, he has been rumoured away also being loaned back Zenit, who did not want to extend the deal.

Sad story which could prevent Wenger from making the same ''mistake'' (Really, who could know it would end like this?) again.

I don't think Wenger will be signing players from Eastern Europe unless a new Lionel Messi appears.

He will probably do a thorough inspection of the next big-name signings considering questions such as: Will he adapt to the culture? How is his level of ambition as well as loyalty? (Nasri) Injury prone? (Diaby) How is his self confidence? (Bendtner, Reyes).

I don't think Arshavin looked like ''a chance taken'', when he signed for the Gunners at the time. Though, it may have put the boss off signing players in their late twenties, who have never played abroad.

I wanted Arshavin to be a success at Arsenal, but it was not to be.

Nevertheless I hope he finds joy in football again, if not as a player, perhaps as a coach someday.

Denilson, 25 was seen as a future Arsenal midfield-boss, when he signed back in 2005, but also he struggled to adapt to life in England. The arrival of Squillaci, 32 just made me sigh.

Even though he was once a valuable starter in Lyon, he never looked like a player, who could compete for a place in the Arsenal starter. A shaky defender lacking the physique and mentality (despite a lot of experience) to cope with the toughest league on the planet.

I believe the Boss will act cleverly this summer, and still sign class players, as Higuain, Jovetic and even Rooney are being linked with The Gunners.


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