Arsenal Transfer Rumours: 7 Players They Need to Sell in January
Arsenal have made a very poor start, by their high standards, to the 2011-12 Premier League season.
After languishing in the bottom half of the table for the first few months they recorded a much needed win over Sunderland at the weekend which lifted them up to 10th.
It is obvious that manager Arsene Wenger needs to make some signings to strengthen his squad, but at the same time he might try to offload some players who no longer have a future at the Emirates Stadium.
Here is a look at seven players that Arsenal may look to sell in the January transfer window.
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Manuel Almunia’s time at Arsenal finally looks to be at an end.
The Spanish veteran has been at the club since 2004, making 110 appearances, but has slipped well down the goalkeeping pecking order at the Emirates Stadium.
Prone to big-time errors and out of favour with manager Arsene Wenger, Almunia is currently on a one-month loan at West Ham United as cover for the injured Robert Green.
Arsenal will hope it puts him in the shop window so they can offload the 34-year-old in the near future.
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Abou Diaby has had a solid professional career to date, playing 108 times for Arsenal since joining in 2006 as well as being capped 15 times for France.
However the 25-year-old Frenchman has proven to be inconsistent and often disappears from games giving his style of play an unpredictable feel to it.
Diaby has missed the entire start of the season with an ankle problem and is due to return shortly, but the time is right to move him on and look to sign a more experienced midfielder to play a similar role.
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Tomas Rosicky has had a horror run with injuries which all but ended his Arsenal career.
The Czech-Republic international signed a long-term contract at Arsenal back in 2006 and has gone on to make 94 appearances for the club, scoring 12 goals.
He made a reasonable start to his time in the midfield at Arsenal and became well known for his creativity and flair but then came the injury problems.
To his credit he has worked hard to return to full fitness but appears to lack the spring in his step he once had, and at 31 he now looks past his best.
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Andrei Arshavin signed for Arsenal in 2009 and has certainly had his moments in England.
The little Russian has appeared 87 times for the Gunners, scoring 23 goals, but lately he has failed to make the same impact he did earlier in his Arsenal career.
The attacking midfielder can still be electric and his technical ability is undoubted, but he seems to lack application and attitude at times which can see his performances dip.
Now 30 one must wonder if his best days are also behind him and whether it is time for him to move on.
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French international Sebastian Squillaci signed for Arsenal in the summer of 2010.
Although he was not initially in the first 11 mix, an injury to centre-back Thomas Vermaelen allowed him to form a central defensive partnership with Laurent Koscielny.
But Squillaci has failed to impress in his 22 Arsenal appearances to date, and since the arrival of German international Per Mertesacker the 31-year-old has fallen down the pecking order at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsene Wenger should cut his losses with Squillaci who has quickly become surplus to requirements.
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Marouane Chamakh signed for Arsenal on a free transfer from Bordeaux in the summer of 2010.
The Moroccan international striker has a nice combination of strength and height that suits the English style of play, however the concern is that his strike-rate has been less than impressive throughout his career.
He has scored eight times in 33 appearances for the Gunners, and although he started his Arsenal stint well enough at the end of last year he has since lost his form and appears to be another player on the outer, especially since the return of Robin Van Persie.
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Denilson’s career at Arsenal is another that is all but over.
The 23-year-old Brazilian is currently on-loan at his former club Sao Paulo after the emergence of fellow midfielder Jack Wilshere limited his playing time in the 2010-11 season.
Denilson joined Arsenal in 2006 and was a steady performer for someone so young and made 96 appearances, but he hasn't quite developed as the club would have hoped.
He has stated he wants to return to Brazil, and it seems just a matter of time before his Sao Paulo deal is made permanent or he moves on elsewhere.