Last season, Arsenal just qualified for the Champions League by beating out fifth place Tottenham, but it’s clear that they are bound for more success coming next season. The Guardian reports that the Gunners are already interested in Marouane Fellaini. The Guardian also reported that Gonzalo Higuain could be the next Gunners striker, but that means some of their current roster must be on their way out.
Andrey Arshavin has been out of favor with Arsene Wenger for a while now, but his extremely disappointing Gunner career is clearly at a close. Michael Bertin of Grantland wrote a fantastic article about Arshavin's demise, but to make it clear, he was just never up to the expectations of the Premier League. Arshavin scored four goals in a 4-4 draw against Liverpool shortly after joining the Gunners, but never lived up to that game again.
Another Gunner who should be on his way out is Nicklas Bendter. Bendtner told Metro that he is “talking with five or six clubs at the moment over a permanent transfer.” While he did have a few good seasons for the Gunners, he fell out of favor with Wenger, and was loaned to Sunderland and Juventus over the last two seasons. The Danish international is expected to make his decision in the next two weeks.
Denilson is also someone who looks to be moving on from Emirates stadium. He has been on loan with Sao Paulo for the last two seasons after failing to get regular first team minutes for the Gunners. Denilson was initially excited for the opportunity, but the lack of play time and the Gunner’s inability to bring home a championship ultimately decided his fate.
The Gunners have made it clear that they are intent on bringing in the right players for Wenger. Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has insisted that his team will only spend money on the top talent. Arsenal fans have been frustrated with how the team has maintained the roster over the last few years because they were losing big name players like Robin Van Persie and Cesc Fabregas, while getting nothing in return.
If they were winning championships, this entire situation would be fine; but their lack of success has proven that they were not committed to making the roster better. Gazidis maintained that this offseason will be different with the aforementioned big-name players likely to come to the Emirates, but the first step must be to say goodbye to some of the bad signings of the past. After Arshavin, Bendtner, and Denilson are all officially gone, the Gunners can finally start fresh.
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