Arsenal Transfer News: 5 More Potential Exits Before the Transfer Window Shuts

Elliott BinksSenior Writer IIIAugust 21, 2012

Arsenal Transfer News: 5 More Potential Exits Before the Transfer Window Shuts

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    Arsenal transfer news has been a seemingly unavoidable subject this summer, with the Gunners proving to be one of the most active Premier League sides in the close season.

    And despite the recent sales of Robin van Persie and Alex Song, there could be further names making their way through the Emirates exit door before the transfer window closes.

    But would such departures be of benefit to Arsenal?

    There are currently a total of 25 senior players on the club’s books, meaning they have reached the limit set by Premier League registration rules. Therefore, if Arsene Wenger desires a replacement for Song, who is over the age of 21, he will first have to sell.

    However, squad depth will be vital in what could be a 60-plus game season, depending on the team's success in cup competitions, so the club should not simply offload players for the sake of it.

    This article takes a look at those who would be most likely to make way and where exactly they could be going.

Nicklas Bendtner

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    The Dane first expressed a desire to leave Arsenal in 2011, complaining of a lack of happiness and first-team football at the club.

    He was promptly sent on loan to Sunderland, where he managed to finish as their top league goal scorer last season. But Bendtner has since reiterated his reluctance to return to his parent club.

    Capable of moments of brilliance, his presence in the squad would have provided cover for the like of Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud as the two new signings look to settle in to the side.

    But after missing the club’s preseason tour of Asia, his days at the Emirates look well and truly over, with Italian giants AC Milan registering serious interest in him.

    His obvious discontent could prove to be a source of dressing room unrest, and it would therefore be beneficial to all parties involved if Wenger could agree a deal with the Rossoneri as soon as possible.

Sebastien Squillaci

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    Signed from Sevilla in 2010 to bolster the defence, Squillaci did an adequate job in  his first season as he filled in for Thomas Vermaelen during the Belgian’s lengthy injury layoff.

    However the arrival of Per Mertesacker last summer saw the Frenchman slip down the pecking order, featuring in just one league game last season.

    He now finds himself behind Vermaelen and Mertesacker, as well as Laurent Koscielny, Johan Djourou, Igansi Miquel and potentially, the incoming Philippe Mexes if he is indeed made a part of Bendtner’s possible Milan deal.

    A number of French clubs are rumored to be interested in acquiring his services, and given that his contract expires next summer, it seems likely that his exit will be confirmed within the next few days.

Park Chu Young

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    His arrival from Monaco last summer raised a number of questions, and 12 months later, his role in the squad remains just as uncertain.

    A bit-part player, he featured largely in the Carling Cup and managed just eight minutes of league action all season. Although he impressed in the 2012 Olympic Games, Park Chu Young is yet to show the Emirates faithful exactly what he is capable of.

    The rumored loan move to Blackburn Rovers would provide a great opportunity for him to adapt to the English game, and if he were to impress at Ewood Park, he may yet have a future with Arsenal.

    But if he remains in North London, I personally can’t see him achieving much more than he did in the previous campaign. Rather than selling him permanently, the club should look to push on with the potential loan move in order to give the South Korean a decent chance to prove his worth.

Marouane Chamakh

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    Chamakh arrived at the club as one of the most sought after free agents on the market, but his high hopes were soon dashed, as he failed to replicate the form from his Bordeaux days.

    His style of play does not really seem to suit Arsenal, with his aerial prowess difficult to exploit due to the team's lack of a gifted crosser of the ball.

    And given Wenger’s reluctance to start with more than one central striker, the Moroccan could find his chances in even shorter supply this season.

    In a surprising turn of events, local rivals Tottenham may be lining up a loan move for the striker, though he has also been linked with Blackburn and Fiorentina among others.

    However, with Bendtner’s possible departure to consider, Arsenal are left severely lacking in the forwards department. Unless Wenger can add further depth to this area of the squad before the end of August, perhaps Chamakh’s services should in fact be retained.

Andrey Arshavin

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    Having fallen out of favor last term, Arshavin signed a short-term loan deal with former club Zenit St. Petersburg, where he managed three goals in 10 games.

    His brief displays at Euro 2012 were also promising; perhaps a return to his native Russia was what Arshavin needed to rejuvenate his stagnating career?

    Rumor has it Wenger is keen to keep Arshavin at the club, though he has been continually linked with a summer switch to Turkish champions Galatasaray. Nonetheless, the Russian came off the bench to feature in Arsenal’s game with Sunderland at the weekend, suggesting that his future may well lie in North London.

    Though he is yet to live up to his price tag, Arshavin remains a talented footballer. If he can reproduce the kind of form that he showed at Zenit and with the Russian national side, Wenger should hang on to him, as he could prove to be a vital squad player for the Gunners over the coming months.

Conclusion

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    With transfer deadline day looming, should Wenger capitalize on the interest in his players?

    If he wishes to replace Alex Song, then he has to. But if he were to opt against this, he should try to hang on to as many of his stars as possible ahead of what could be a long and arduous campaign.

    Granted, the likes of Bendtner are an exception to this; if his heart isn't in it, then the club should dispose of him as soon as possible.

    Other squad players, though, such as Arshavin, should definitely remain, particularly when one considers the team's history of injury problems.

    But what do you guys think?

    Comment below with your thoughts on who should stay and who should go.