Arsenal Transfer Rumours: 5 Players Who Could Leave the Gunners

Justin Welton@JustinWeltonAnalyst IIJune 3, 2011

Arsenal Transfer Rumours: 5 Players Who Could Leave the Gunners

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    ST ALBANS, ENGLAND - MARCH 07:  Cesc Fabregas of Arsenal during a training session ahead of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg match against Barcelona at London Colney on March 7, 2011 in St Albans, England.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Ima
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    Arsenal will be looking to come back next season after feeling heartbreak this year.

    The Gunners are searching for replacements for several players that may be ending their tenure with the club. 

    They have plenty of fantastic young footballers ready to be placed into the fold next season if these five players end up leaving.

5. Tomas Rosicky, Midfielder

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    NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 05:  Tomas Rosicky of Arsenal in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal at St James' Park on February 5, 2011 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathco
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    Rosicky used to be valuable, but he is well past form.

    Nine of his 12 Arsenal goals came in his first two seasons with the club in 2006-07 and 2007-08.

    But in the past three seasons he has scored only three goals, including none in 21 appearances this season.

    He doesn't generate much of anything whether he is a sub or starter. It is time for him to go.

4. Gael Clichy, Defender

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 01:  Gael Clichy of Arsenal in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium on May 1, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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    Clichy has been on the Gunners since 2003.

    There have been rumours that the left back has asked to be transferred, but nothing has came from that yet.

    Roma seems like a team interested in the services of Clichy.

    It should be interesting to see what Arsenal does with Clichy. He has been solid in the back and their defense has been a concern.

3. Nicklas Bendtner, Forward

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    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 02:  Nicklas Bendtner of Arsenal celebrates scoring a hat trick during the FA Cup sponsored by E.ON 5th Round Replay match between between Arsenal and Leyton Orient at the Emirates Stadium on March 2, 2011 in London, England
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    Bendtner has had a frustrating season. He hasn't had much playing time because due to injuries, which has affected his confidence level, and Robin van Persie has actually stayed healthy. For the season, Bendtner has scored two goals in just 13 appearances.

    This is not good for his ego, which is extremely large for a player who has been slightly above average.

    I don't have any doubt that Bendtner could be a great goal scorer if given the opportunity. He will be signed this summer by another club and it will be a great addition.

2. Andrei Arshavin, Midfielder

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    BOLTON, ENGLAND - APRIL 24:  Andrey Arshavin of Arsenal  in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Bolton Wanderers and Arsenal at the Reebok Stadium on April 24, 2011 in Bolton, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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    Arshavin could be on the move from Arsenal this summer.

    He has provided spectacular moments, but he has also brought negative moments in his career with the Gunners. He has struggled with his defense, had an occasionally poor attitude and been invisible for long stretches during games.

    All that said, Arsenal could be losing a dynamic player this summer.

    Arshavin appeared in 37 games this season, scoring 6 goals and 11 assists.

1. Cesc Fabregas, Midfielder

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    BLACKPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 10:  Cesc Fabregas of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Blackpool and Arsenal at Bloomfield Road on April 10, 2011 in Blackpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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    Fabregas is a fantastic midfielder from Spain. There have been rumours of him leaving for a while now, but this summer might finally be when it happens.

    The only problem with Fabregas is that he hasn't been able to bring the Gunners any major titles.

    He will no doubt be missed, but Arsenal have some young, talented players to fill his void next season. Andrei Arshavin (if he is there), Samir Nasri, Aaron Ramsey and Jack WIlshire.

    Each of these players provides different options. Arsene Wegner will make the correct decision.

    Fabregas has scored 35 career goals in 212 appearances for the Gunners. He isn't a numbers-guy, but he controls the midfield just as well as anybody on the planet. He will be a much need commodity for a team searching for a midfielder.

    Barcelona seem to be the front-runner for his services.