Arsenal Transfer Prospects: 8 Players Wenger May Have To Sell in the Summer
The disastrous circumstances that Arsenal have endured in the last three weeks has ensured their campaign is almost in tatters.
The Gunners lost the Carling Cup Final to Birmingham City and were eliminated by Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 and the FA Cup quarter finals by Manchester United.
Arsene Wenger's men also lost vital ground at the top of the EPL table after lethargic draws to Sunderland and West Bromwich Albion ensuring the North London giants are now five points behind leaders United.
To cap it off, Wenger lost key defender Johan Djourou to a season-ending shoulder injury and goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny to a dislocated finger for two months.
Just last month the team was participating in all major competitions, and manager Wenger believed that his young side, which had been caressed and nurtured over five trophy absent seasons, was finally coming to fruition.
However, an injury ravished Arsenal have had all their hard work undone, or so fans seem to think.
With only one competition, the English Premier League, to find some silverware success, it looks an unlikely effort for Arsene Wenger and his young side to break their notorious trophy drought in 2010/2011.
The Gunners recent demise has infuriated fans, prompting them to demand the departure of a number of players, fringe and first team.
With captain Cesc Fabregas and renown defensive midfielder Alexandre Song succumbing to injuries during this torrid time and the likes of Theo Walcott, Thomas Vermaelen and at times Robin van Persie, the Arsenal faithful have felt their replacements haven't quite performed at the necessary level to conquer the opponents encountered.
So as Arsenal's title credentials diminish, it is likely the fans will pledge a full fledged riot to enforce their points of who should still be at the Emirates come next season.
So here are eight players who Arsene Wenger may have to sell, at this point in time.
8. Mark Randall
The English youngster has been at the Emirates since a young teenager but has failed to thrive under the tutelage of Wenger or enforce his presence in the Arsenal first team.
Randall made his debut for the Gunners in 2006 as a 17-year-old in the Carling Cup but has only made 12 more appearances since, twice in both the Premier League and Europe.
The 21-year-old has shown promise with loan spells at Burnley and MK Dons but his recent and current loan spell with League Two side Rotherham has diminished his reputation.
The English midfielder has made only seven appearances in League Two and whilst injuries have played a part, his appearances at times have been far from impressive.
MK Dons manager Ronnie Moore has criticized Randall saying the young gun is not capable to perform in League 2.
Despite being once highly touted and regarded by Wenger, Randall's demise is a sad one for the Arsenal faithful.
With a considerable amount of stronger, quality young midfielders ahead of Randall, it is safe to say the Englishman won't be at the Emirates next season.
7. Vito Mannone
The young Italian keeper rose to fame last season with an outstanding performance against Fulham.
Mannone made numerous, stunning saves to consistently thwart a strong Fulham attack as Arsenal ended up victors 1-0.
The Italian had received his chance after injuries to Lukasz Fabianski and Manuel Almunia and was impressive but was cruelly demoted by Wenger after a rare error against West Ham.
The 23-year-old has played no games since, and despite his promising potential, Wenger has failed to grant the former Atlanta shot-stopper sufficient opportunities, particularly at the beginning of this season.
This resulted in Mannone being loaned to Championship side Hull City.
The Italian has enjoyed a stellar spell with the Tigers, however fitness issues have curtailed his contributions.
Mannone has impressed with eight appearances for Hull City and the Tigers are eager to utilize Mannone for as long as possible.
With Lukasz Fabianski establishing himself as the predominant first choice keeper at Arsenal before a season ending shoulder injury in January intervened, and boom youngster Wojciech Szczesny showing he is just as capable, it is unlikely Mannone will be content with holding down the third choice keeper role, even if it is at Arsenal.
A keeper of Mannone's calibre needs to play consistently, and although Wenger could opt to loan the Italian to a Premier League or Serie A team next season, it is more likely the Frenchman will release Vito Mannone of his troubles.
6. Manuel Almunia
The time has come. Arsenal fans are counting the days until finally Manuel Almunia is put out of his misery and Wenger finally admits that Manuel Almunia just isn't a good enough keeper for a club like Arsenal.
Almunia's tenure as the Arsenal number one has not been an enjoyable one for anyone associated with the Gunners, and although the Spaniard is occasionally brilliant and an adequate deputy or "Cup" keeper, the 33-year-old is too error prone and inconsistent to be an Arsenal keeper.
Almunia's recent blunder in Arsenal's 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion last weekend epitomized that Wenger's prolonged trust in the former Celtico Vigo shot-stopper has not paid dividends.
With the likes of James Shea and Sean McDermott advancing through the ranks, Almunia's presence may become a big liability.
Fans will always acknowledge his contributions and his changing hair styles, but the time has come for Manuel Almunia to depart the Emirates.
5. Sebastien Squillaci
The French defender joined Arsenal in the Summer from Spanish giants Seville for £3.2 million but Squillaci's first season at the Gunners has been one to forget.
The 30-year-old has struggled to compete with the physicality and pace of World Football's toughest league in the EPL.
Arsenal's formidable January and earlier February form came with a central defensive partnership of Johan Djourou and Laurent Koscielny.
The duo eroded the talk that Arsenal's defence would be the catalyst in their demise. However the early season blunders and the recent demise have all come with Squillaci leading the defensive fray.
The former Lyon defender has been prone to miss-communication with fellow defenders as well as poor positioning and a general lack of pace.
The season ending injury to defensive leader Thomas Vermaelen in August did nothing to aid Squillaci's first season in the EPL but with Arsenal's exposed lack of defensive depth, it is likely Squillaci may make way for premier Summer signings.
Furthermore, with highly regarded young gun Kyle Bartley impressing with Scottish giants Rangers on loan, and the rapid development of Ignais Miguel, Squillaci's time could be fading after only a season.
4. Abou Diaby
After a stellar 2009/2010, Abou Diaby has endured a stop-start season that has somewhat curtailed and diminished his development and reputation.
Sadly the highlight of his season is destined to be his atrocious sending off in Newcastle's shocking come from behind 4-4 draw, in which Diaby threw Joey Barton to the ground by his neck before pushing Kevin Nolan.
Yes, injuries once again have played a significant role in Diaby's season as the recurrence of ankle and hamstring injuries continue to materialize.
Despite showing the occasional brilliant and evasive touch, fans have grown tired of the French internationals lack of consistency and mistake-riddled performances.
The lack of impact Diaby has produced in Cesc Fabregas and Alexandre Song's absence has been particularly disappointing for the fans as the 24-year-old was seen as the main attacking instigator in the injury hit Arsenal midfield.
Once touted as the next Patrick Vieira, it is unlikely Diaby will ever fulfil those remarks as the presence of Aaron Ramsey, Henri Lansbury and Francis Coquelin gradually shift Abou Diaby towards the Emirates door.
Denilson's reputation and calibre in the eyes of the Arsenal's fans has weakened with every game, or so it seems.
The Samba star has failed to make decisive impacts in games as fans voice their distaste at the Brazilians seemingly lazy approach.
The 23-year-old may appear to pass sideways and jog to catch evasive attackers but the midfielder does work tirelessly throughout games.
Unfortunately, much of the blame for Arsenal's recent demise has been shown towards Denilson and the pressure is evidently affecting his confidence.
Denilson was linked with a move away from North London during the January Transfer Window and the likes of Francis Coquelin, Craig Eastmond and Aaron Ramsey are all developing strongly which could prompt Wenger to reconsider Denilson's presence in the Arsenal squad.
2. Gael Clichy
Renowned as one of the best left backs in World Football, in the last few seasons Gael Clichy hasn't quite been at his best for the Gunners.
Occasional inconsistency coupled with poor positioning and moments of mandess have all contributed to a gradual drop for the Frenchman.
Now with Clichy's contract talks under concerns and rumour that Wenger is targeting highly touted Celtic left back Emilio Izaguirre, it has ensured their is much speculation of Gael Clichy's future.
Furthermore, deputy left back Kieran Gibbs is considered a future star, having already made his England national team debut whilst the likes of Armand Traore and Pedro Botelho have been more than impressive on respective loan spells.
As Clichy's performances continue to drop, and the lack of silverware continues to increase, there is every chance the French international will depart the Emirates and take up big money offers from the likes of Real Madrid, Inter Milan or Juventus.
1. Cesc Fabregas
The inevitability of Cesc Fabregas joining boy hood club Barcelona could materialize sooner than Wenger foresees should Arsenal's trophy drought persevere.
It's no secret the Spaniard thrives on winning trophies, having had Euro and World Cup glory with Spain.
There is also no denying the 23-year-old adores Arsenal and loves captaining the North London giants.
But will his trophy hunger reach starvation and force Fabregas to return to his home town?
Fabregas' future has dominated the recent Summer transfer windows, but the Spanish maestro continually dismisses statements linking him with Barcelona, claiming he will not leave Arsenal until he fulfils his goals of winning an EPL trophy.
But after Barcelona convincingly outplayed the Gunners in their recent UEFA Champions League encounter, it could force Fabregas to ponder his future and force Wenger to cash in.