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.
Copyright (c) PA Sport 2008, All Rights Reserved.
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: https://www.givemesport.com/writeforgms