Arsene Wenger is in charge of two highly important jobs this summer. The first is to spend the reported £70 million war chest wisely and the second is to clear the club of it’s deadwood players. Andrey Arshavin and Denilson have joined Zenit and Sao Paulo on free transfers respectively while Seb Squillaci is still searching for a new club.
Wenger has now turned his attention on getting rid of Johan Djourou and Niklas Bendtner. The Swiss centre-back joined Bundesliga side Hannover 96 on loan in January and is set to spend next season on loan there too with a view to a permanent deal. However, Hamburg are also interested in the centre-back and could persuade Arsenal to sell to them with straight transfer. The Gunners would prefer to sell than to loan but have given Djourou the option of where to play next season.
Another player that is close to leaving the club is Niklas Bendtner. The striker has vowed to never play for Arsenal again after claiming the club did not give him a fair chance. He spent last season on loan at Juventus, where he failed to score a single goal. His faith in his ability is admirable but it’s far greater than his actual talent. Eintracht Frankfurt are the club leading the race for his signature and while the Bundesliga outfit had a stunning campaign, the club are not a European powerhouse for which the player thinks he deserves to play. The Tuttosport even labeled the Dane ‘the Keith Richards of strikers’.
The futures of Marouane Chamakh, Park Ju-Young, Vito Mannone, Lukasz Fabianski and Abou Diaby are still unclear.