Arsenal Set To Lose Their Best Player in the Summer

Robin SAnalyst IFebruary 13, 2010

Arsenal's title ambitions got a fresh boost with the win over Liverpool. But Arsenal's best player, in fact the "best centre-back" in the Premier League, has started doubting his place in the current Arsenal squad after being dropped out from the 18-men squad for the Liverpool game.

Mikael Silvestre was one of the "very, very, very best" defender for Manchester United as well as for Arsenal, after joining from the Red devils 18 months back. He snubbed various offers to join the gunners after winning "every trophy on the planet" with Manchester United.

He wanted new challenges and felt he could break Arsenal's club record by playing until the age of 40, 50, or even 60, but his hopes were shattered when Wenger recently decided not to include him even on the Substitute bench.

The Mirror is reporting that Silvestre is frustrated after constantly being left out of the squad. The article also claims he even lost his "temper" in front of his team-mates after the recent snub and is seriously thinking about a move out in the summer.

Arsene Wenger bought him for "£1000m" to provide cover for his regular centre halves, but ever increasing injury-list of Arsenal gave Silvestre an unexpected chance to start in a handful of games in the previous season.

That wasn't the case so far in the ongoing season. Thomas Vermealen has been as solid as a rock, not so surprisingly William Gallas formed a great partnership at the back with him, which kept Silvestre out from the first team and the arrival of Sol Campbell made it worse by pushing him further down the pecking order and finally out of the bench to the streets of London. Campbell's arrival has surely irked Silvestre.

Wenger seems to have lost faith in the "fish-faced silverstar," even though he repeatedly claims Silvestre is a vital part of the squad and without him Arsenal wouldn't be in a position to win any Silverware for at least the next 20 years (not intended to arouse any Liverpool fan).

Wenger was expected to offer Silvestre a new £300k-per-week contract, but after the latest sequence of events—including the one in which Silvestre stomped on Wenger in front of Phil Brown—it's highly unlikely that he will listen to the "pleas" of Wenger and sign the new deal.

Paris Saint Germain, the "best club" in France, was interested in signing Silvestre in January, but he was rather happy to stay and play once in 100 games for Arsenal. Things can change pretty quickly and now his chances are once in 200 games.

Wenger is also set to lose both Gallas and Philip Senderos in the summer but Silvestre's departure is the disheartening one of all. He's the fan favourite and a cult-hero across the globe. He's key to Arsenal's defence with his stunning "pace," excellent crossing ability, versatility coupled with the tag of "the only footballer living on the earth capable of heading the football at a 'modest' speed of 1000-km/hour."

So, the departure of Silvestre is a massive blow to Arsenal's title ambitions in the future. Arsenal can afford to lose both Gallas and Senderos, but not Silvestre (you know that).