Arsenal Transfers: 5 Players Who Could Be Leaving North London This Summer

Rohan SubraSenior Analyst IJune 26, 2011

Arsenal Transfers: 5 Players Who Could Be Leaving North London This Summer

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    With every transfer window come expectations of Arsene Wenger to dig a little cash out of his wallet. Recently, Wenger has been so miserly that all these transfer expectations have built up to this summer, where everyone is saying that he must buy at least a few people.

    So far he has only bought Carl Jenkinson, a 19-year-old Finnish defender from Charlton.

    This is very important because several of the players could be leaving the squad, and would have to be replaced.

    Here are the people who are rumored to be leaving the club.

5. Denilson

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    Arsenal fans hate Denilson. This is because he can't really do anything with the ball. As pointed out to me during an Arsenal match, the only service Denilson provides is an easy ten yard ball.

    Yes, he has scored a few nice goals, but how many? I agree, the one against Standard Liege was beautiful. The placement of the goal against West Ham was good, too. But these goals happen very, very rarely.

    The 23-year-old Brazilian has definitely expressed his desire to leave Arsenal, after he told The Sun:

    "This has been the worst season of my life and I am so upset, so frustrated. I am a winner and I came here to win trophies but I've been here for five years and won nothing...It's great to play beautiful football but sometimes to be a winner you have to play ugly if you want to succeed."

    Sevilla have shown interest in him and might make a bid for 8 million pounds.

    Potential Replacements: Arsenal already have a wealth of talent in the midfield with Song, Wilshere, Fabregas, Nasri and many more. Wenger may not need to replace Denilson if he goes.

4. Nicklas Bendtner

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    Nicky B has a reputation for squandering open goals and wasting the easiest opportunities. This hasn't been completely untrue in recent years. He has missed perfect chances, for example against Cardiff and Burnley.

    This year, however, he hasn't really missed any big chances—except for one against Barcelona, which wasn't 100 percent straightforward. He scored some nice goals in 2011, including one against Ipswich.

    He is also known for his ego, as he believes that he is one of the best strikers in the world. On a self-esteem test from 1-9, he scored a 10! No joke!

    Sporting Lisbon and Borussia Dortmund have both shown interest in the Dane. Lisbon deny that they even made a bid for him, although Dortmund might end up getting him.

    Potential Replacements: Arsenal already have many forward/strikers: Robin van Persie, Carlos Vela (who has definite talent), Theo Walcott and Andrei Arshavin. Wenger is rumored to buy Gervinho from Lille as well.

3. Gael Clichy

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    Gael Clichy is an extremely quick left back. He is a great tackler, but sometimes can be prone to mistakes. The Frenchman can run very well up and down the left flank, but his crosses are often lacking in quality. Overall, Clichy is a good player to have playing left back because he provides much defense, and a decent amount of offense.

    Clichy has been linked with several clubs, most notably AC Milan and Liverpool. The frontrunner for this transfer is the latter because Clichy reportedly wants to stay in the Premier League, and the Reds lack a pure left back.

    Potential Replacements: Kieran Gibbs is the top contender to replace Clichy. He is young and showing potential, but so far he has yet to prove himself as a solid player.

2. Samir Nasri

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    Samir Nasri's breakthrough season was certainly in 2010/2011. He showed the world that he could step up for Arsenal and cap breathtaking runs with beautiful goals. He scored some awesome goals—for example, two against Fulham

    The price tag on him has increased tremendously after this year, and many clubs are interested in him. If Nasri moves this summer, it will most likely be to Manchester United. If that move does happen and Nasri ends in Manchester, Arsenal fans will not be happy at all. Nasri will be hated up in North London.

    Potential Replacements: Arsenal have shown huge interest in Ricardo Alvarez. Some people are saying that the deal to move him to Arsenal is already done.

1. Cesc Fabregas

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    Cesc Fabregas to Arsenal fans is like Lionel Messi to Barcelona fans. In other words, God.

    Fabregas is known for his amazing vision and uncanny ability to land the ball on a dime—not only passing, he can score some goals, too. Fabregas is Arsenal's captain, but he has been criticized by many who question his ability to lead and bring the squad together.

    In recent years, Fabregas has been heavily linked to Barcelona. That is where he grew up. His home is there, as well as his friends—like Gerard Pique and Carles Puyol. This summer there is more anticipation than ever over Cesc's departure to Barcelona, as Arsenal are having talks with Barcelona about him. 

    Potential Replacements: Ricardo Alvarez again.

    Here is an article about whether Fabregas should go to Barcelona or not: