With Arsene Wenger planning to shed his squad of unwanted players in order to reduce the club’s massive wage bill and to make room for a few new faces, I thought I would look at who he might be shown the exit door at the Emirates Stadium.
According to the Daily Mail, Wenger is ready to offload to likes of Andrey Arshavin, Nicklas Bendtner and Denilson, but who should he keep?
Well, firstly, I would be inclined to keep Arshavin. Many Arsenal fans have been frustrated with his perceived lazy approach and constant giving the ball away, but quite simply, the little Russian is one of Arsenal’s most talented players.
His best position has always been centrally, where his low centre of gravity means he can beat people, without having any great pace. Deploying him in the middle also utilises his amazing vision and creativity.
People tend to forget also, that Arshavin did a very good job as a loan striker when Robin van Persie was injured a couple of years ago – a much better job than I have seen Chamakh, Park or Bendtner do, either before or since.
I would also want to keep Carlos Vela, in the short-term at least. The Mexican forward is still young, and incredibly talented. I don’t know if he has been given a fair crack at Arsenal so far, so I think Wenger should keep him, and give him a few games. Let him prove himself to be an Arsenal player.
He can finish, is intelligent and is quite quick, so you would think he could slot into Arsenal’s team very easily. Why go out and spend £15-20 million on a back-up striker/winger, when you already have a decent one in your ranks?
To be honest, I can’t really make a case for keeping many of the other names who have been mentioned. Denilson is a player I rate, but with the emergence of Alex Song and Jack Wilshere, plus the signings of Arteta and Oxlade-Chamberlain, mean that the Brazilian is unlikely to be seen in an Arsenal shirt again – especially with the current form on Tomas Rosicky.
So that means Arsene Wenger can happily wave goodbye to Bendtner, Park-Chu Young, Manuel Alumina, Chamakh and Sebastien Squillaci. And probably save himself around £15 million a year while he’s at it.
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