Arsenal have confirmed the exit of Andrey Arshavin, Denilson and Sebastien Squillaci when their contracts expire on June 30, freeing up a substantial amount of wages for Wenger to utilize this summer.
The trio of senior Arsenal players have struggled to make an impact over the past couple of seasons, with both Denilson and Arshavin spending time away from the club on loan. The Gunners have failed to offload the trio permanently during the various transfer windows, meaning they will leave for free at the end of the month.
Arshavin was by the far the most recognized player of the three, the little Russian moved to North London in 2009 and burst onto the scene scoring all four goals in the pulsating 4-4 draw with Liverpool at Anfield shortly after he arrived in the winter window. He went on to make 144 appearances for the Gunners over the five seasons he spent with the club, scoring 31 goals.
Last season the 32-year-old spent the second half of the campaign on loan with his former club Zenit St Petersburg in order to edge his way back into the Russian national team for the Euro 2012 championships, but since last summer he managed only 11 appearances contributing five assists and one goal.
Denilson suffered a similar fate to Arshavin. Despite starting his Arsenal career with a high after his move from Sao Paulo in 2006, he drifted off the scene as the years went by despite playing all but one Premier League game in the 2008/09 season. He has since spent the past two campaigns back in Brazil on loan after a dip of form limited his likelihood to play and now his time is finally up at the Emirates.
Squillaci was labelled as a disaster signing by many, after just three years the experienced centre back is set to depart. Brought in when fans were calling for the signings of established, older players, the Frenchman was largely involved for the 2010/11 however he slipped heavily down the pecking order over the past two seasons. A move away never materialized last summer, meaning he will depart Arsenal without a single Premier League appearance from last season.
A statement on the clubs website read:
Andrey Arshavin, Denilson and Sebastien Squillaci will leave the Club when they come to the end of their contracts on June 30, and Arsenal would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their contribution and wish them well for the future.
Everyone at Arsenal would like to wish Andrey, Denilson and Sebastien all the very best.
This is good news for the Gunners, especially with Denilson who did have one more year remaining on his deal. But the contract has been voided by mutual consent meaning he is free to find a permanent new club.
Time for Wenger to do some shopping with two foreign grown, over-21 slots now available!