Arsenal Transfer News: Latest on Players Possibly Leaving Emirates
As soon as the summer transfer window comes rolling along, all people can talk about and discuss is who their respective team should go out and purchase.
However, one aspect of this period that may be more important is ensuring a club keeps some of its most talented and valuable players.
Coming off a third place finish in the 2011-12 season behind Manchester United and Manchester City, Arsenal will be looking to for help this summer to help them get over the hump in the Premier League.
Despite this, there are also a group of players who are weighing their options during the summer transfer window and could potentially leave the Gunners.
With that in mind, here are three big names that could be leaving Emirates this summer.
Considering the past two years, I think it is safe to say that Denilson no longer wants to be at Arsenal and the Gunners could currently do without his services.
Denilson's need and effectiveness at Emirates has sharply declined in the past years, to the point where he made only 16 Premier League appearances in the 2010-11 season.
Unhappy with his playing time at the large club, Denilson made it known he wanted to play in his home country of Brazil. He got his wish, as the Gunners loaned him to Sao Paolo.
However, the loan has now expired and Denilson is set to return to London on June 30 after attempts to stay in Brazil for another six months.
While Denilson has confirmed that he is returning to Arsenal, it does not necessarily mean he will be suiting up in a Arsenal shirt in the 2012-13 season.
Without a need for him in a crowded and competitive midfield, Arsenal should be showing the unhappy Denilson the door this summer.
The 30-year-old Russian forward is unclear whether or not he will be returning to Emirates for the 2012-13 campaign, but he will delay any and all discussions about his future until after Euro 2012.
After a massive transfer fee, it seems fair to say that Arshavin has not peaked or reached full expectations while at Emirates.
Throughout his career for the Gunners, the winger compiled 30 goals and 35 assists in 132 Arsenal appearances. However, with the emergence of a few young players at Arsenal (a.k.a Ryo Miyaichi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain), there may not be the need for Arshavin to return.
Arshavin spent the 2011-12 season on loan to Russian club Zenit, where he grew up and made a name for himself earlier in his career as a complement to Pogrebnyak.
Considering Fulham would have the spending power to bring in Arshavin, do not be alarmed if the Russian is playing for a different Premier League club in 2012-13.
Robin van Persie
One of the hottest topics heading into the summer in European club football is what will Robin van Persie decide to do with his future.
While Arsenal obviously want the Dutch striker to return, they are not pressuring van Persie to make a quick decision, allowing him to focus on the Netherland's run in Euro 2012 and come back to the issue.
After talks over his contract ended unsuccessfully last month, van Persie has drawn strong interest from Manchester City, Manchester United, and others, with Man City leading the pack.
He also came out the other day and complemented another potential suitor, Juventus, saying that the Serie A powerhouse was "a great team".
The 28-year-old superstar was a key component for the Gunners in 2011-12, as he netted 37 goals and distributed 15 assists in 47 games for Arsenal.
Looking at those numbers and just how his career has blossomed at Arsenal it would be tough to see the Dutchman leave Emirates.
However, a team like Manchester City would have to intrigue van Persie and if they offered the right price, do not be surprised if he leaves Arsenal after a long and rich tenure.
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