As reported in The Guardian , Arsène Wenger is close to raising £5m through the sales of Emmanuel Eboué to Galatasaray and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas to Ipswich Town
The Ivorian is a popular member of the dressing room but after his disastrous foul against Liverpool that allowed them to equalise through a penalty on 90mins which dropped 2 valuable points in the title race, is deemed as surplus to Wenger’s plans and is set to depart to Galatasaray for £4m.
Eboué did not travel on the tour of east Asia, with Wenger citing a calf injury as the reason. But he was also left at home when they went to Germany last Friday to enable him to finalise his transfer.
Wenger will move Emmanuel-Thomas, the 20-year-old reserve-team attacking talent, to Ipswich for £1m and he also hopes to sell Nicklas Bendtner and Manuel Almunia before the end of next month. Neither player travelled to Asia or Germany. Almunia is of interest to Atlético Madrid, Malaga and Fenerbahce, while no-one has actually offered to buy ‘Saint Nick’ yet.
As reported just days ago, Santi Cazorla had reportedly become a hot favourite to join the Gunners, but the Villarreal midfielder will now become Malaga’s record signing after La Liga’s equivalent of moneybags Manchester City moved quicker than the Gunners and agreed an £18million deal.
Spanish international Juan Mata has also been tipped for a transfer to North London, with the expectancy that Wenger would be using some of the funds from the possible sale of Fabregas on Mata. However Valencia president Manuel Llorente moved to end speculation over Mata’s future by insisting his club will not sell the attacker at any price.
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There seems to be a lot of speculation regarding moves away from Arsenal, will Wenger equip our team well enough for next year? If the likes of Eboue and Almunia move off, will Wenger find suitable replacements that have experience? Or will he just continue to rely on younger talent like new-boy Jenkinson for rightback and Szczesnyand Fabianski in the goalkeeping ranks?