5 Players Arsenal and Arsene Wenger Will Be Happy to Sell This Summer

Shona Black@@shona_blackContributor IIMarch 27, 2013

5 Players Arsenal and Arsene Wenger Will Be Happy to Sell This Summer

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    The Arsenal summer transfer narrative is going to run a little differently this year. 

    Where usually it is a forlorn tale of half-heartedly imploring departing stars to stay, in 2013 the emphasis will be on frantically trying to usher surplus players out the door.

    If anything, the club's biggest problem will be persuading certain fringe players to leave their cushy berths for pastures new.

    Let's face it, we all know who the fans want out. The opinion aired on blogs and social media is unequivocal:


    Seriously now !! Sell Denilson , bendtner, arshaven, Diaby, mannone , gervinho, squillacci,santos, djourou,frimpong,park,chamakh

    — stephen (@steviegunner) March 20, 2013


    Wait if Santos, Gervinho, Arshavin, Squillaci, Djourou, Chamakh, Denilson, Bendtner all leave in Summer & I will celebrate Ramadan.

    — Jam (@Jam_AFC) March 26, 2013


    The good news is Andrey Arshavin and Sebastien Squillaci will definitely go; their contracts are up.

    But of those still on Arsenal's books this summer, which players are the biggest priority for the club and manager to offload? And which deals are Arsenal most likely to salvage anything from?


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    It can be easy to forget that Denilson is actually still on Arsenal's books.

    The Brazilian midfielder has spent the past two seasons at Sao Paulo on a loan that everyone involved would seemingly like to make permanent.

    With his contract entering its final year this summer, Arsenal will be motivated to seal a deal with Sao Paulo in order to recoup any money on the player.

    Unfortunately, that also puts Sao Paulo firmly in the driver's seat for negotiations.

    Realistically, Arsenal will be delighted to get anything for Denilson, whose most notable accomplishments in recent days have been a comedy own goal and a Twitter spat with a fan.

    Likelihood of sale: 4/5

    Happiness quotient if deal is done: Samba time!

Johan Djourou

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    Arsene Wenger may have more mixed feelings over the potential sale of Johan Djourou.

    The Swiss defender has had a somewhat erratic career at Arsenal.

    His last appearance in an Arsenal shirt—as captain, no less—saw the Gunners ship five goals to Reading last October in the League Cup. Bizarrely, his new loan team, Hannover 96, also conceded five goals on his debut.

    Yet Djourou has occasionally shown solid stretches of form, and his versatility made him a valuable option when injuries have plagued the back line.

    Nonetheless—and to his credit—Djourou is keen for regular starts, something he will certainly not get at Arsenal. The club will do well to sell him and free up squad space for stronger defensive cover.

    Likelihood of sale: 5/5

    Happiness quotient: Relief tinged with regret, perhaps, for what could have been. But not that much.

Nicklas Bendtner

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    Like Denilson, Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner will be entering the last year of his contract with a club he has, in spirit, clearly already left.

    Unlike Denilson—who despite the own goal and Twitter spat has actually done well at Sao Paulo—there is no chance his loan move could conceivably become permanent.

    Bendtner's Juventus loan has been marred by a familiar mix of on-field ineptitude and off-pitch idiocy, and the spell will certainly have damaged rather than enhanced his market value.

    But Arsenal should still be able to find a buyer for the 25-year-old striker, who enjoyed a more auspicious loan spell with Sunderland last year and who routinely performs well for Denmark—when, of course, he is not banned for his indiscretions.

    Likelihood of sale: 4/5

    Happiness quotient: Off the charts—with his inflated sense of self-worth and propensity for embarrassing shenanigans, Bendtner is Wenger's least favourite type of player.

Marouane Chamakh

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    Another of Arsenal's expensive stock of deadwood, Marouane Chamakh's contract is also due to expire in June 2014.

    Arsenal signed Chamakh from Bordeaux on a free transfer, so the motivation to sell has more to do with relieving the accounts of his generous wages than trying to recoup losses.

    Those wages will make a deal challenging, particularly as he has failed to impress on loan at West Ham since January. Arsenal will no doubt welcome any takers for the Moroccan forward.

    Likelihood of sale: 4/5

    Happiness quotient: Same as Djourou, but heavier on the relief.

Bacary Sagna

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    It says much about the depletion of Arsenal's squad over the past few years that right-back Bacary Sagna is the club's big wantaway star in the coming transfer season.

    But it also says something about the club's priorities—after all, it could have been Theo Walcott, had Arsenal not made such a prodigious effort to extend his contract this winter.

    No such strides were taken with Sagna, and despite his years of service, undoubted talent and valuable experience, Arsenal will be happy to sell the France international as he, too, enters the final year of his contract.

    With Carl Jenkinson's recent performances suggesting he can be capable of starting regularly at right-back, Sagna's departure would lighten the wage bill considerably.

    And with PSG reportedly interested and Sagna rated in the vicinity of £10 million, Arsenal could earn a decent amount to add to their own transfer budget.

    Likelihood of sale: 5/5

    Happiness quotient: Decidedly mixed, but the time is right.