Arsenal FC: 4 Players That Need to Be Sold This January

Khalid KhanCorrespondent IIJanuary 14, 2012

Arsenal FC: 4 Players That Need to Be Sold This January

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    There are always going to be some players on a team that can’t live up to the expectations. You keep on hoping they can turn things around by giving them more and more time, until you can’t wait to toss them out the door like garbage. Here at Arsenal, we have these type of players.

    Whenever Arsene Wenger goes into the transfer market and brings a player into the club, we gooners expect the new signing to shine at the Emirates. With signings such as Thomas Vermaelen, Laurent Koscielny, Robin Van Persie, Thierry Henry and Robert Pires, Wenger has proven to be a genius in the transfer market. 

    However, when the boss dips into the market, there is a chance that he might bring in a dud. We have seen many of those duds in the past such as Francis Jeffers, Jose Antonio Reyes, and Mikael Silvestre, to name a few.

    Some players have been given too much time and are truly taking up vital spots in the squad. These players need to be sold in the near future because they have nothing to contribute to the Gunners’ journey to reclaim silverware.

    These players prevent Wenger from using our amazing youngsters such as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ignasi Miquel, etc. Also with these players on our team, we have to pay their wages as well. 

    Instead, Arsenal could be using that money to increase the wages of players such as Robin Van Persie, Theo Walcott, Wojciech Szczesny, and Laurent Koscielny.

    By selling these players, Arsene Wenger will have more money to spend during the transfer window.

    Now let’s take a look at which players Arsenal should trade. 

Manuel Almunia

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    It is no secret that Manuel Almunia has overbooked his stay at the club. When he took the starting spot away from Jens Lehmann in 2007, many believed Almunia was going to be a success. Oh, how wrong those people were. During his time at Arsenal, Almunia’s performances have been unconvincing and have proven costly.

    Almunia may be the big reason why the Gunners always come up short of claiming silverware. Almunia continues to make many costly errors in big games that have proven to be detrimental to the club. As Wojciech Szczesny has become an instant success, many, including myself, have wondered how these past few years would have gone if Arsenal had a world-class goalkeeper instead of Almunia.

    Almunia has been at Arsenal far too long, and with rumors circulating that he is making his exit this January, this is great news for the club.

Sebastian Squillaci

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    It is no secret that Sebastian Squillaci is one of the most disliked and most joked about players in the squad. When Wenger bought him last year, many believed that Squillaci was going to give us much more stability in the defense.

    Oh boy, how wrong were we.

    Squillaci had to provide cover for the defense due to Thomas Vermaelen's injury, and he made many costly errors. He has not shown any reason why he belongs at the club, which makes me believe he will no longer with Arsenal once January arrives.

Andrei Arshavin

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    Andrei Arshavin was supposed to be an Arsenal legend. Wenger broke his transfer rules when he went and got Arshavin for a record transfer fee. Many of us saw Arshavin as the missing piece of the puzzle in Arsenal’s chances of claiming silverware.

    Arshavin showed much promise in his first season with amazing performances like his four goal fiasco at Anfield.

    But he hasn’t lived up to the fans' expectations and is set to be sold in January. Arshavin hasn’t showed any intent of improving his performances.

    Whenever he plays, he looks sluggish and doesn’t seem to show any evidence of trying his hardest. He struggles to complete all 90 minutes of a match, and fans have run out of patience. With players like Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ryo Miyaichi showing so much promise, Arshavin has run out of time at the club.

    Arshavin doesn’t have that spark in his game that he once had. It is time to say goodbye to the little Russian.

Marouane Chamakh

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    What has happened to Marouane Chamakh?

    He started off with so much promise and looked to give a new dimension to the Arsenal attack. But Chamakh has seemed to lose all confidence ever since the return of Robin Van Persie.

    He scored seven goals from 29 Premier League appearances last season, but most of them occurred at the beginning of the season when he was in form. Chamakh has not shown any sign why he belongs at this club. He doesn’t distribute the ball well, he doesn’t have good positioning and he lacks any class in front of the goal as well.

    Marouane Chamakh’s play gives any normal man belief that they don’t need any talent to play at a club like Arsenal. That is why Chamakh needs to be offloaded this January. His tenure with Arsenal has been an absolute failure.


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