Only days after being grilled by the supports at the AGM with regards to their lack of success on the pitch, it seems that the Arsenal board are set raise further transfer funds for manager Arsene Wenger this January by attempting to offload some of the current squad.
Even though it was earlier reported that Arsene will have close to £35 million to spend in the transfer market, the board are keen to reduce their wage bill and raise further funds by axing those on the periphery of the first team.
But who should go? There are a number of players who fit the bill.
- Sebastien Squillaci
The French centre-back joined the Gunners back in 2010 after impressing in France with Lyon and then in Spain for Sevilla. The experienced defender has also represented his country over 20 times but never replicated his earlier form at Arsenal. He was bought primarily as a back-up and things have stayed that way. With Laurent Koscielny growing in stature and then the acquisition of Per Mertesacker, Squillaci has continued to fall in the pecking order. Now 32, his time at Arsenal is up and he should secure himself a move away from the Emirates in January.
- Johan Djourou
Wenger see something in Djourou. The rest of us don’t. The error-prone Swiss centre-back just is not good enough to play for the Arsenal. And whilst Vermaelen, Koscielny and Mertesacker are at the club, he will never get a game. Djourou has poor positioning, awareness and isn’t strong enough in the tackle either. At 25, he should seek a move elsewhere. Somewhere where he can get first-team football. Perhaps he should team up with Senderos at Fulham. That will keep us entertained.
- Marouane Chamakh
Yes, he is still at the club. The Moroccan joined on a free transfer in 2010 after impressing highly at Bordeaux. Arsene must have been rubbing his hands will glee, thinking to himself, ‘Arsene you’ve done it again. Another bargain.’ That grin must have soon turned to grimace. Chamakh seemed to have all the tools to be a success in England but as his confidence faltered, so did his interest in the game. He continually fails to impress and even with Arsenal’s goal-scoring troubles, cannot get a look-in.
- Andre Santos
Woeful defender, not so bad attacker. Santos’ flaws were typified in the recent defeat to Schalke. His positional sense is atrocious getting caught out time after time. Arsenal fans must be wondering what Arsene saw in the chunky Brazilian. A panic buy? Most definitely. Santos is another player on borrowed time. He is lucky that Kieran Gibbs is injured. Arsenal fans aren’t.
- Lukas Fabianski
The Polish shot-stopper appears to be bold, brave and confident. He is anything but. An error-prone goalkeeper, known to make the wrong decision, Fabianski is simply not good enough. The fact that Arsene has opted for Mannone ahead of him, shows this. He is fragile mentally and this is definitely not what you need from your goalkeeper.