Arsenal Transfer Rumours: 5 Players Who Will Be Gone by Next Season

Yoosof FarahSenior Writer IIIJune 6, 2011

Arsenal Transfer Rumours: 5 Players Who Will Be Gone by Next Season

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    Samir Nasri: Open to Manchester United Move
    Samir Nasri: Open to Manchester United MoveLaurence Griffiths/Getty Images

    Transfer activity will be high at Arsenal FC this summer as boss Arsene Wenger plans a squad overhaul ahead of the latest chapter in the Gunners' so far elusive quest for silverware.

    Many possible targets have been touted by the media, with fans clamouring for Wenger to sign a few new defenders, a new goalkeeper and a new striker, as well as replacements for players who look likely to leave.

    As for the revolving Emirates exit door, it does seem like quite a few players could be leaving Arsenal this summer.

    Fans have been calling for the departures of Marouane Chamakh and Andrei Arshavin, but here are five players who almost certainly will be gone by next season. 

Gael Clichy

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17:  Gael Clichy of Arsenal tackles Dirk Kuyt of Liverpool during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium on April 17, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images
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    Having turned down a new contract last month, Gael Clichy's departure from the Emirates is a certainty, considering the French left-back has only 12 months left on his current deal.

    Arsenal will want to cash in on their want-away defender, with reports suggesting a possible swap deal with AS Roma star Jeremy Menez could be on the cards.

    Considering Roma have long been sweet on Clichy, and the Gunners (or rather, Arsene Wenger) have long been sweet on Menez, it's a deal that could well happen, and could well signal the end of Gael Clichy as an Arsenal player.

Nicklas Bendtner

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 05:  Nicklas Bendtner of Arsenal shows his disappointment at the final whistle during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Sunderland at Emirates Stadium on March 5, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/
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    The player with such supreme belief in himself that he blames the grass every time he misses a shot on goal, God's gift (AKA Nicklas Bendtner) has said he must leave Arsenal to win trophies.

    Speaking to Danish media, Bendtner said: "I can promise that there won't be another season like this one. I have decided 100 percent that I must leave Arsenal."

    Having failed to consistently impress in North London, the feeling is probably mutual with Arsene Wenger keen to cull the deadwood.

    The Denmark international added he would be "fine at a new club," with AC Milan, Sevilla and Bayern Munich all potential suitors. 

Cesc Fabregas

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    BOLTON, ENGLAND - APRIL 24:   Cesc Fabregas of Arsenal shoots at goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Bolton Wanderers and Arsenal at the Reebok Stadium on April 24, 2011 in Bolton, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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    The man with "Barca DNA" (according to teammate Thomas Vermaelen), it has long been a case of "hasn't he gone yet?" with Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas.

    Plucked from FC Barcelona and their La Masia talent production line, it's no secret Fabregas has been yearning for a move back to the Camp Nou and home.

    However, with Barcelona refusing to pay more than £30million and Arsenal holding out for an inflation-adjusted £55million, swapping Highbury and Islington for Collblanc might not become a reality any time soon.

    Instead, moves to huge spenders Real Madrid or Manchester City could be in the offing, while Inter Milan are said to be offering Samuel Eto'o plus cash for Captain Fab.


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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 12: Rafael Da Silva of Manchester United and Denilson of Arsenal battle for the ball during the FA Cup sponsored by E.On Sixth Round match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on March 12, 2011 in Manchester, E
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    Denilson wants to leave Arsenal, and Arsenal want Denilson to leave Arsenal. All in all, this transfer will be a win-win situation for everyone concerned.

    Believed to be attracting interest from Wolfsburg and Sevilla, the Brazil international is looking to move on to be a regular starter, again play in the UEFA Champions League, and most importantly, win titles.

    Speaking to the Daily Mirror, he said: "I'm not happy at Arsenal and, after five years at the club, it's best for me to go... I believe I've had my best season personally, but I want to win titles."

    "After the Carling Cup final it all went wrong for Arsenal."

    And after another lacklustre season for the Gunners (although clearly not by his own standards), the man who was meant to be the heir to Gilberto da Silva has finally reached the end of his Arsenal career. 

Samir Nasri

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17:  Samir Nasri of Arsenal lies injured on the pitch after a harsh tackle by John Flanagan of Liverpool during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium on April 17, 2011 in London, En
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    Like a hot chick in a nightclub giving you the eye, Samir Nasri has courted the interest of Manchester United after revealing he would consider an offer from the Red Devils, if one was forthcoming.

    The France international only has 12 months left on his Arsenal contract, and speaking to French media, the Gunners' playmaker said: "I don't know if I will sign a new contract."

    When asked, he added: "Do I want to go to Man United? First, we should see if it's real and if it is concrete."

    Another way of saying, "yes, I would like to move to a team that actually wins trophies," Samir Nasri could well be on his way to Old Trafford ahead of the 2011/12 season.

    As Patrice Evra insinuated, he'd look good in a Manchester United shirt.