Transfer windows aren't just good for bringing in reinforcements. They can be a great time to offload unwanted players.
Arsenal have had their fair share of dead weight over the last few years. Countless players have come in with a boatload of potential, only to flame out a few years later. Part of the reason Arsene Wenger hasn't been able to get the Gunners a trophy is that he loses so many talented players and fails to replace them.
One of the biggest underachievers is already on his way, as the BBC reported Andrey Arshavin was one among the many players released by their clubs.
Arshavin came into the Emirates off the back of a great performance at the 2008 Euros and hit the Premier League running in January 2009.
It's been downhill ever since then, and the winger has largely become a running joke for the last couple of seasons.
Arshavin is unlikely to be the last player to leave the Emirates this year. In fact, deals for two more players could be in the offing.
Have Arsenal Finally Found a Suitor for Nicklas Bendtner?
Nicklas Bendtner has been one of the biggest disappointment in Wenger's transfer dealings. He's exactly what you'd look for in a target man, but the results haven't been there on the pitch. Fortunately for the manager, there seem to be multiple clubs lining up to purchase Bendtner this summer, per Sky Sports:
Nicklas Bendtner is set to leave the Emirates within the next fortnight after Arsenal received a number of bids for the striker.
The 25-year-old, who arrived in North London eight years ago, turned down a move to Hamburg in January, but Arsenal are understood to have lowered their asking price to around £3m for the Dane.
Bendtner has shown flashes, but he's lacked any consistency over the duration of a season. He looked an improved player at Sunderland last year, scoring nine goals in 29 Premier League appearances. The striker then followed that up with a loan at Juventus where he made nine appearances and did very little at all.
The Gunners selling Bendtner is probably the best for both parties.
The player can get a fresh start at a new club. He's still only 25 years old, so there's time for him to get his career on track.
The club can cut ties with the player permanently and spend time on strikers who have a future with Arsenal and feature in their long-term plans.
Is Gervinho Headed Back to France?
Much like Bendtner, Gervinho has had his moments at Arsenal, but he's largely been a disappointment since moving from Lille in 2011 for around £10.5 million. Goal's Michael Lightfoot reported Gervinho may be making a return to Ligue 1:
The 26-year-old has struggled to make an impact in the Premier League and has been linked with a return to France, two years after signing from Ligue 1 outfit Lille
Arsenal forward Gervinho is the subject of interest from Marseille, the French club's assistant coach has confirmed.
Franck Passi, No.2 to OM boss Elie Baup, revealed that the Ligue 1 outfit have identified the Ivory Coast international as the sort of skilful wide player who would suit them, along with Sporting Lisbon star Diego Capel.
Per Lightfoot, Passi told French publication Le 10 Sport, "This is a profile that interests us, yes. We want flank players, with dribbling, passing and scoring and Gervinho has this profile."
Gervinho showed some improvement during his second season at the Emirates. He just hasn't made the kind of jump you would have expected of him. Perhaps, with one more season, he can become a much more consistent attacker.
Some players need more time to adjust to a new league than others. Gervinho wasn't completely abject to the point that he's completely hopeless.
He had five goals and three assists in 18 Premier League appearances. On more than one occasion, he made that move along the wing that made you remember the player he was at Lille.
Then again, with another poor season, Gervinho's value is going to decrease. If Arsenal can recoup the money it spent on him, then they will at least save some face.
It could be the same situation as with Bendtner. Cutting ties altogether would allow a clean break between the club and player, allowing both parties to start over.
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