This weekend Arsenal return to Premier League football after enduring a disappointing midweek Champions’ League group match against Borussia Dortmund. The German opposition didn’t exactly run riot at the Emirates and ultimately we were unfortunate to lose the game, however it is now important that the team focuses on the next match, a fixture to newly promoted Premier League side Crystal Palace.
Okay, I don’t quite know what to say here. Apparently Arsenal have taken a 26-year old player called Alharbi El Jadeyaoui on trial from the French Ligue 2. that’s right the Ligue 2 not 1. To make this all the more unbelievable, it is being widely reported that Arsene Wenger is going to offer him a contract.
I’m sure I don’t need to go into detail about what is wrong with this deal but I will anyway and I may as well talk about another shocking piece of news at the same time. Brace yourselves, the other pieces of news is that we may also be offering a contract to 27-year old Romanian striker Ciprian Marica who is a free agent after leaving Schalke.
Despite what you want to say about Arsenal’s lack of incoming transfer business, and I’m sure those words won’t be positive, if you can overlook that for five minutes, you may be able to realise or reiterate that the club has done well in getting rid of the majority of the ‘deadwood’ listed players at the club.
I think this was always Arsenal’s main priority this summer and so that’s why we haven’t seen any transfer movement till recently. It’s a stupid approach to take, in my opinion, but seemingly is the path that has been taken and there’s nothing we can do now except reflect on what has gone before us and hope that we still manage to pull off some top quality signings.
Have Arsenal’s “deadwood” players been the reason for failure in recent seasons? It is a very likely scenario considering what he have seen and are still seeing this summer. The first round of “deadwood” was cleared when the likes of Denilson, Sebastian Squillaci and Andrey Arshavin. These players were waved goodbye and it cleared a fairly large amount of money from the wage bill.
The next round of “deadwood” seem to be on their way out as clubs are quietly interested and Arsene Wenger knows that he must get rid of them. These players include the likes of Park Chu Young, Nicklas Bendtner, Marouanne Chamakh, Gervinho and maybe one or two others if we are really overhauling the squad.
You have absolutely no idea how happy I am with the fact Arsenal are managing to sell their ‘deadwood’ players this summer and I’m sure I’m not alone in that feeling. It was vital we had a right clear out of the club this summer, in order to reinvest effectively, efficiently and where it was most necessary in order to make sure the team was strengthened to such an extent that we could become a major force in England once more.
It’s all well and good getting rid of a team’s deadwood players, as it allows a club to lose some player wages, gain a few squad places and in the meantime gather a little bit of income, but ultimately if you don’t then go and replace these players then the club goes into a period of further regression.
Ever since Christian Benteke made sure his name was known in England, with several stunning performances, Arsenal players have been living in envy that we never picked him up for a bargain last summer and are now calling for Wenger to make a move for the Belgian international striker. The well-known Arsenal fan has already made several pleas to Arsene Wenger through the media this summer and now he has gone to the next stage by handing in a transfer request, which only adds to the speculation.
In a summer that looks set to be revolving around change at Arsenal, Gooners will be pleased to see that we are finally getting a lot of the ‘deadwood’ players off the wage bill, however what is less exciting is the amount of incoming players in accordance to the endless speculation.
Marseille have contacted Arsenal about a possible loan deal for struggling Gervinho with a view to a permanent move in the future. Arsenal have already cleared out most of the “deadwood” this summer and Gervinho is seen by fans as one of the next players who must go because of his poor form since he arrived at the club.
Sebastian Squillaci, Andrey Arshavin and Denilson have already left the club which has freed up the wage bill a bit to fund moves for new players, which is why Arsenal seem to be active at the moment in the transfer window.
It has been announced by Arsenal that three first team players have/will leave the club come 30th June 2013, as their contracts will expire on that date. As I am sure you are aware the three players are Denilson, Arshavin and Squillaci, who alone will not only free up three important squad places under the Premier League regulations and restrictions but it also frees up an unbelievable amount of wages.
Sebastian Squlliaci was on a reported £50,000 a week, not only a ridiculous amount for a player of his calibre but not to mention he didn’t play a single league game for Arsenal last season, amounting to an unbelievable amount over the course of the year.