With only 180 minutes of football left of the Arsenal season and just 90 of that being of Premier league, the summer transfer window has been seen by many as opened with a huge number of player being linked with a move to the Emirates.
But in a twist of event, the summer transfer window will not only see the gunners bring in new stars to the Emirates but also several players will likely exit the Emirates as well.
Below are four Arsenal players who have either spoken about their potential exit from the club or those who have been strongly rumoured with a move away from the club, with facts backing the claims stated.
1. Bacary Sagna,
Arsenal are facing another Ashely Cole scenario and could lose key defender Bacary Sagna over £20,000-a-week difference of opinion when it comes to his wage demands.
The 31-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and looks set to leave the Gunners on a free transfer with Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, Galatasaray and Inter Milan all interested in his services.
The Daily Mail reports Arsenal executives have offered Sagna a three year deal worth £80,000 a week. However the Frenchman wants £100,000 a week.
Rules bar the right-back from talking with Manchester City before the end of the season, so Sagna’s advisers have scheduled talks after the FA Cup final with representatives of the Blue side of Manchester.
The departure of Sagna would be a huge blow. The Gunners lost Ashley Cole to Chelsea in a very similar scenario in 2006 after offering him £5,000-a-week less than the £60,000-a-week he wanted.
2. Kim Kallstrom,
Kallstrom who arrived the Emirates stadium injured to the anger of the fans soon spent much of his loan spell on the treatment table with a back problem.
The 31-year-old soon got his chance on the pitch and the Arsenal fans immediately got fond of him – wanting to see the midfielder getting more playing time. But that didn’t happen as the player since his recovery from injury has only managed 135 minutes of action for the gunners
But it now seems certain that Arsenal fans will be seeing no more action from the loan midfielder as Arsenal official website announced the player’s departure ahead of the close of the season.
The Arsenal boss when asked about the player’s future said,
“He is on loan, so he belongs to Moscow and will go back to Moscow.”
Conclusions can drawn from Wenger’s statement that the Frenchman is not interested in hanging on to the loan striker further than the stipulated time and thus his exit is imminent.
3. Nicklas Bendtner,
The story behind the Denmark International is simple and short. The Dane is simply unwanted by the club and the fans, majorly because of his nonchalant attitude on and off the pitch and his overly poor performances upfront in goal.
The 6ft 4in tall striker has been with the gunners since the summer of 2004 after moving from Kjøbenhavns Boldklub to join Arsenal’s youth team before making it into the senior team of the gunners the following year.
The 26-year-old has simply failed to do his home work after spending such a long time with the club and thus finding himself in the bad book of Arsenal fans – with the fans labeling him as incapable of leading the Arsenal front-line despite countless opportunity given to him.
The striker on March 4 2014, announced that he would leave Arsenal at the end of the season when his contract at the Emirates expires after making only 9 Premier league appearances so far this season scoring 2 goals with no assist.
4. Thomas Vermaelen,
The 28-year-old’s contract expires at the end of next season and despite his lack of playing time this term, Wenger still wants to offer him a new deal, Although it is rumoured that the player will snub the new deal and will opt for a move away from the Emirates in the summer.
The Belgian International had seen his campaign in recent years rocked with series of injuries that has forced him to seat out several matches giving time to fellow centre defenders Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny to form a fine blend together – a rhythm which Wenger is unwilling to break even after the return of the Vermaelen from injury. With the player finding himself on the bench and sometimes being used as a make shift centre defender in the absence of either of the Mertesacker-Koscielny pair or simply filling in at the left back position of the Arsenal defence in the absence of Kierran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal.
Although Wenger insists he is a firm admirer of the Belgian, who he signed from Dutch giants Ajax for £10million in 2009, and wants to retain his services. But has since dropped him several times in the starting line up in favour of his preferred duo.
A number of European clubs such as Napoli have since monitored the club captain’s situation at Arsenal with the player falling down the pecking order at the Emirates and are looking to lure the player away with a guarantee of first team action – something which the player sole desires at Arsenal and will be looking to capitalize on that to getting the player to walk away from the Emirates in the summer.