The Gunner are set to finally depart with two players who have barely made the squad sheet this season, but combined raked in £135,000 a week in wages – Andrey Arshavin and Sebastien Squillaci. However there are another two players with deals set to expire this summer that have futures with the club Emmanuel Frimpong and Lukasz Fabianski.
Firstly onto Arshavin and Squillaci whose lucrative contracts expire at the end of next month. Both have barely played this season with other clubs not able to match their wages in the transfer windows and Wenger choosing to overlook the out of sorts winger and defender. Arshavin has featured just once in the Premier League, while Squillaci’s only game was in a 2-1 Champions League defeat at Olympiakos.
The Russian was more likely of the duo to feature this season but fell heavily down the pecking order with the acquisitions of Cazorla and Podolski in the summer. Arshavin has already taken to twitter to thank the North London side’s fans and team mates as he departs after 4 years with the club:
Thanks a lot to all Arsenal’ fans, to all my team partners, who played with me all these years, to all the stuff and coaches!!! Many thanks!
Gunners! Good luck in the Champions League next year!
The former Zenit St Petersburg midfielder is looking likely to return back home with his former employers, and in doing so free up a substantial amount of wages for Arsene Wenger to utilize this summer as well as another foreign player slot. The same can be said about fellow 32-year-old Squillaci, however there seems to be a minimal amount of takers for the experienced centreback.
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Lukasz Fabianski and Emmanuel Frimpong’s contracts also expire this summer but both are players that should be offered new deals. Fabianski has endured a torrid time with injuries however his impressive performances when compatriot Szczesny was dropped in March certainly warrants him a new deal, but whether he will take it is another story. He can challenge the younger Pole for the number one shirt, however it is clear that Wenger favours Szczesny, therefore it may be hard to encourage him to sign. If Fabianski stays there is no need to sign a new ‘keeper, but if he chooses to move on then Wenger has some more shopping to do.
Frimpong is another up and coming talent that has spent too many months on the treatment table. Currently recovering from another knee surgery, the 21-year-old has the potential to be a real hit with the Gunners. He has received glowing reports from his various loan spells, two of which have been with Premier League sides Wolves and Fulham, and with Wenger needing a combative midfielder the now-Ghanian international can offer something. He should be offered a new deal especially after his all action displays back in 2011 displayed his potential, otherwise Martin Jol will pounce after admitting his interest in the player.
A host of first team Arsenal player contracts are set to expire in 2014, meaning that Arsene Wenger will look even more seriously this summer at offloading some of the unwanted players otherwise there is a risk of loosing out on a transfer fee next year as well as sucking up wages unnecessarily. Here is the list of 2014 expiring contracts:
Of the players above only Sagna and Rosicky are essential players that must be kept this summer. Although both are aging, their experience is invaluable and as they would command relatively low transfer fees anyway they are certainly worth keeping. As for the others, a host of players must be sold this summer to free up space for foreign, over 21 players (only allowed 17) – Chamakh, Denilson, Santos and Park plus Bendtner and Djourou. The latter two are classified as homegrown players meaning they will not affect any foreign transfers, but removing them from the wage bill will free up more room to move in the market and eliminate the risk of another ‘Squillaci situation’. Mannone has unfortunately not made the grade and will most likely move on this summer anyway.
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