Arsenal FC: 7 Players Who Will Not Be Gunners Next Season
After the recent comments from AC Milan's Zlatan Ibrahimovic on how Robin van Persie should leave Arsenal in search of more silverware, it got me thinking, who else will be leaving the Emirates this summer?
Whether it is the veterans that have spent most of this season on the bench or the players who have underwhelmed on the pitch, Arsenal's roster must change.
Here are seven players that must go in order for Arsenal to improve.
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There has been no one more disappointing in the back four this season than Johan Djourou.
The Swiss international has committed mistake after mistake this season and not only have fans called for his departure, but critics and analysts have started to attack his talents as well.
Djourou did spend the 2007-08 season on loan at Birmingham and he may be better off in the Championship instead of the Premier League.
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Yet another underachiever in the Gunners jersey has been Andrei Arshavin.
The Russian is now in his third full season with the club and he is beginning to see his time at the Emirates Stadium fade away.
With an opportunity to showcase his talents at the Euro 2012 tournament, Arshavin could easily find a new club this summer.
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Rosicky is one of the older players on the squad at 31 years old and needs to be on his way out soon, as Arsene Wenger has always favored his younger players over older ones.
With depth in midfield that includes Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramsey and Alex Song, and with Jack Wilshere coming back from injury next season, there will not be consistent playing time for Rosicky to fill.
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Squillaci has been another transfer that has not worked out the way Wenger had hoped.
The French defender has fallen way down the pecking order and it surely will be time for the 31-year-old to leave in the summer.
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Park Chu-Young was one of the players brought in at the end of the August transfer window but he has not panned out.
The 26-year-old captain of South Korea has made just five total appearances since coming over from Monaco, a club Wenger is quite familiar with.
Many have said that Park needs to leave the Gunners to find consistent first-team time in order to keep the captaincy of South Korea going into 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying in Asia.
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After being sent out on loan to Sunderland in August, Nicklas Bendtner is clearly on his way out at Arsenal.
After spending his whole professional career at the Emirates, Bendtner is now playing at the Stadium of Light and will most likely not put on a Gunners shirt again.
Look for the 6'5" striker to be out on the transfer market this summer.
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Manuel Almunia is one name Arsenal fans do not want to see out on the pitch or in an Arsenal jersey ever again.
Almunia's shot at being the top keeper failed miserably, and after being out on emergency loan at West Ham until October he is back and not even close to making the bench this season.
Now, with Wojciech Szczesny clearly the top choice in goal, and Lukasz Fabianski the No. 2, Almunia has no spot in the lineup and will most likely leave in the summer.