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Arsene Wenger's Flop Youth Policy: Gilles Sunu Set To Leave

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 22:  Gilles Sunu of Arsenal in action during the Carling Cup third round match between Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion at Emirates Stadium on September 22, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Robin SAnalyst IFebruary 18, 2010

Arsene Wenger's problems are set to mount at the end of the ongoing season. It seems like Wenger is having a tough time persuading the young starlets to extend their contracts. Gilles Sunu and Fran Merida are reaching the end of their contracts and are expected to quit Arsenal in the summer.

It's speculated that French club Bordeaux is set to snatch youngster Sunu on a free transfer away from the Emirates. Arsenal paid £1m for the striker, but Bordeaux can secure his service for free and just have to pay modest training compensation costs.

The 18-year-old made his only start for Arsenal in a League cup game against West Brom. He's a speedy attacker capable of playing anywhere on the front-line.

Derby County is interested in taking Sunu on loan, but Wenger is refusing to let him go without extending his contract.

Sunu is clearly unsettled and he's expected to return to his homeland when the contract runs out in the summer.

Arsenal are spending a lot on these youngsters, but only to find them quit when it matters the most, or when the time comes to pay back the faith shown in them.

Players like Jay Simpson are on loan forever. Wenger is lacking A-one players in the striking department, so the decision to send Simpson on loan must be scrutinised, especially when both Nicklas Bendtner and Robin Van Persie were injured forcing Wenger to play with make-shift strikers.

Players like Kerrea Gilbert and Mark Randall seem to hang around forever without cracking the first team. It's high time to take a decision on their future.

Wenger must consider selling some of his fringe players who aren't capable of breaking into the first team.

You have to rethink the logic behind keeping Denilson, Lukaz Fabianski, and Armand Traore, who are not showing any quality to flourish at the Emirates.

The wage bill is too high when you consider the fact that—from Arsenal only Andrei Arshavin features in the list of top-50 earners in Europe.

Wenger fears signing expensive players like David Villa, but why?

Only because it would distort his wage structure; however, it wouldn't do any harm by selling underperforming players to make room for big signings.

You don't have to pay undeserving wages to underperforming players (not referring to Walcott).

I feel it's time to have a deep look at Arsenal's massive squad of ordinary players and trim it down to a small group of top players.

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