Getting rid of Arsenal deadwood is only good IF they are replaced

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.

Arsenal have so far seen many players leave the club this summer and fortunately they have all been ‘deadwood’ players rather than the usual quality players we see leave the club. The players that have left so far this summer are the likes of Arshavin, Denilson, and Squillaci have all been released from their contracts, whilst Djourou has left on loan and Mannone has made the permanent move to Sunderland. And although some will argue that we needed to sell before we can buy, this period of inactivity in the transfer window has actually weakened the team!

On paper the team is now weakened. To many it won’t make a difference because none of the players above were first team players and it’s true that at the moment the actually starting XI isn’t weaker at all, in fact it’s exactly the same, just a year older. But what is weaker is our overall squad. A simple look at the announced team for the club’s pre-season tour of Asia will show you that this team would probably struggle for 3rd or 4th place and I know a lot of people would agree with that after reading the comments on some of the other articles.

The fact is, if this period of stagnation doesn’t end soon at the club, we will experience what happens every summer and Arsenal will lose out on their targets and then we will complain that we were too stingy on the price or too slow in our dealings. According to some people we had Higuain, Cesar and Fellaini in the bag, but now I’m sure you’ll see why you should not trust any of the Internet ‘in the knows’. With Bendtner, Gervinho, Park, Chamakh and Santos all also set to leave this summer, if we don’t act upon all this gathered income through fees and wages with high quality players then we really must start to doubt Wenger, Gazidis and the board’s mentality on transfer dealings.

What should Arsenal do with Deadwood wages money?

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.

Andrey Arshavin who was still under his original four year contract when he signed was earning a wage of £75,000 per week and he too rarely featured last season and finally Denilson who hadn’t played for the club for several seasons was still under contract with Arsenal on a reported £35,000 a week contract. The Brazilian in fact still had 1 year left but both the player himself and the club came to the agreement to terminate his contract early.

These totals add up to around £160,000 of wages per week, although some reports have the figure as high as £190,000, which could pay for a single top quality player or even two good players on £80k. This goes to show how much clearing our deadwood really can benefit the club, even if its terminating a player’s contract like Denilson.

With Maroune Chamakh, Nikalas Bendtner, Ju Young Park as well as others reportedly on their way out and the expiring contracts of goalkeeper Lukas Fabianksi and midfielder Emmanual Frimpong, a lot more income could soon be generated and hopefully reinvested in wages available for incoming players. If all the ‘deadwood’ players are sold or their contracts end, the club could easily gain around £300k or more in wages, which can easily provide the wages of perhaps two world class players alone! What should Arsenal do with all this extra money?

Denilson finally gone for good from Arsenal

It is being confirmed today that Arsenal have agreed to mutually terminate Denilson’s contract at the club this summer after he was shipped out of the club on loan for the last two seasons. Denilson was once hailed as the next “Rivaldo” when he arrived at the club at a young age. He had plenty of game time for such a young player and it looked as tough he would one day fulfil his potential but he was sent away on loan and has been forgotten since.

Denilson was signed for over £3 Million by Arsene Wenger in 2006 and became one of Arsenal’s top prospects when he quickly broke into the first team during the season and began making an impact. He was never an important part of the Arsenal team but he was always considered as a player with limitless potential which he will now never realise at Arsenal.

The fact that Denilson is leaving the club for free will be a relief to some Arsenal fans and a terrible decision to others. Some may think it is good to start getting rid of the players who are not part of the first team plans and that next to follow him to the exit door must be the likes of Nicklas Bendtner, Sebastian Squillaci and Andre Santos.

Despite being a good prospect when he was younger, Denilson only ever tasted under-17 football for his home nation of Brazil and the fact that he is 25 years old now proves that he has become another one of Arsenal’s youngsters failing to live up to their billing.

Hopefully now Arsene Wenger will have some money to spend on a proper midfield player who will become an important part of the squad. The wage bill still needs trimming for new players but this is a good start.

What can Arsenal do about Denilson?

A recent feature of news on Arsenal.com about the player Samuel Galindo moving back to his homeland Bolivia on loan made me think about the large number of promising young players that never made it at Arsenal.

A player who this situation did remind me of is Denilson. The Brazilian is still under contract with Arsenal, with the Gunners being his parent club, whilst he is on loan with Brazilian team Sao Paulo. Denilson was a player that often caused a divide between the fans. Slated for his shocking performances by many, but he also earn his plaudits every once in a while due to his samba style of play, passing ability and rocking shots and free kicks, but when he played Arsenal’s odds went out on the Paddy Power Premier League odds!

In fact Denilson was very much part of the Arsenal starting XI let alone the first team squad, for a number of years with the Brazilian making 51 appearances in the 2008-09 season, 28 appearances the next season and then 33 appearances in which was currently his last season with the Gunners. Racking up 156 appearances for Arsenal in total, Denilson has scored just 10 goals for the club. Not the most impressive and in fact it’s very surprising to think he has played so much in an Arsenal shirt. But where to next for Denilson?

He has had an up and down journey back on loan at Sao Paulo, with a spat with the manager and disgraceful disciplinary record, but he has also proved pivotal in Sao Paulo’s squad, playing an important role in the team. There were suggestions that the Brazilian club were considering a permanent deal in January, however it has since past and its now being suggested Denilson will return to Arsenal when his loan deal expires and then the club will have to make a decision. Perhaps we had better bet on the weekend football online now before he comes back!

His performances can be a bit ‘all over the place’ and so he is considered to be terribly inconsistent but should he be a player we should have on the borderline of the bench at least, just in case all else fails? Especially if the club isn’t looking to make any major reinforcements in the transfer market!

What would you do with Denilson?

Denilson – My Lawyer Has Spoken To Arsenal

Loaned-out Arsenal defensive midfielder Denilson has admitted his interest in a permanent deal with Brazilian side Sao Paulo, as the former Gunner failed to impress in London and had to be sent on loan so that he can get some playing time.

After the season spent on loan in Brazil, Denilson now wants to sign a permanent contract with the Brazilian side, being unwilling to return to the Londoners.

This might fit in perfectly if we take into consideration the fact that Arsene Wenger has been watching Sao Paulo’s attacking midfielder Lucas Moura, and might think about a possible exchange deal which may benefit both sides.

“There is the possibility of maybe signing a four or five-year contract,” Denilson told Estadao.

“My lawyer talked to Arsenal and they asked to wait to see what happens in the Brazilian Cup before talking again.

“Anything could happen. Sao Paulo are doing their best to keep me, but I prefer to focus on my work and think about that later.”

“There are two options – a permanent contract or extend the loan deal.

“If we advance to the Brazilian Cup final, Arsenal might extend the loan deal for two more weeks, and I will accept that decision as I want to play in the final.

“I have already done my part, showing my intention of remaining here [at Sao Paulo].”

Arsenal can’t use Denilson’s services at the moment truly speaking, as they are looking to better the form they had last season and have a say in the title chase. Arsene Wenger will be looking to bring a top defensive midfielder and it seems that M’Vila and Javi Martinez are the most likely to join.

Wenger – It won’t be easy selling Arsenal’s unwanted players

Arsene Wenger has one of the biggest squads in world football, and due to the new Premier League 25-man rule he knows that he has to unload some of his unwanted squad members to make room for new arrivals, but he thinks that same rule will make it very difficult to sell off the deadwood.

Arsenal already have Nicklas Bendtner, Andrei Arshavin, Denilson and Carlos Vela out on loan, and all four are not keen on coming back to the Emirates next season, but the manager simply has more chance of making money on his NFL betting picks than making money out of these players. He just can’t find any buyers since the new restrictions came into play.

When asked about the situation with the returning loanees, Wenger said: “I have not decided anything yet.”

“It will depend a bit on the structure of the whole team. I will sit down with them at the end of the season.

“You know have some restrictions because you are only allowed 25 players. Therefore you have to make decisions and choices that are of course linked with that.

“At the moment we have 34 players. I believe that many clubs are in this situation. The Premier League have put themselves into this situation where they completely lock the transfer market.

“When the players come back from their loans, many clubs will be in the same situation where they cannot buy because they have too many players.”

Not only will be they be hard to sell because of the 25-man rule, but also they are all on inflated wages at Arsenal that very few clubs are able to match. So it could mean that all four will remain at Arsenal after the summer transfer window.

Arsenal Flop Denilson Doesn’t Want to Return. Do We Want Him Back?

Arsenal’s Denilson is not very eager for a return to London and has stated that he’d rather stay in Brazil with Sao Paulo.

The defensive midfielder had a horror season with the Brazilians whom he joined in the summer after a less successful 5 years spent at Arsenal. The Brazilian managed to get himself sent off twice in a total of ten games played for Sao Paulo.

“Personally, I’m very sad that the season will finish this way. Of course there’s still a game remaining and there is hope for the Libertadores,” he said.

“I still have six more months, I hope to cool off a little, enjoy the holidays with my family, to return more professional and get things right next year.”

A return to Arsenal wouldn’t be the right move for Denilson anyway. He hasn’t managed to impose himself until now so there’s virtually no chance he’ll do that now when Frimpong and Coquelin are pretty much better than him and a lot younger.

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