With Santos going Arsenal must now replace deadwood

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.

We had a list of players at the end of last season that needed to go and around 2 months down the line we have managed to successfully get rid of all but a few of those players. The likes of Arshavin, Squillaci and Denilson were released, as were a lot of youth and reserve players. Whilst Djourou has gone on loan and we have also seen Mannone sold. The next player out the door is Andre Santos who is reportedly close to joining Brazilian side Flamengo according to Sky Sports News. Leaving us with just the three strikers in Maroune Chamakh, Nicklas Bendtner and Park Chu Young.

These last three players may be the most difficult to get rid of because quite simply nobody wants to buy a misfiring striker, especially when they are all probably on over £50,000 a week. Many have suggested that we cancel their contracts just like we did with Denilson, however I feel that we should be able to move these players on by the end of the window.

The only problem is that although Arsenal have basically completed the first stage of selling the players, we are yet to see any real developments in reinvesting money into transfers that will majorly boost and strengthen this Arsenal team. The likes of Cesar, Higuain, Fellaini and Fabregas have all been mentioned but at the current moment we seem to have lost out on all of them and so on what is a negative point to end an originally positive article, could we be set to experience the same old Arsenal yet again?

2 thoughts on “With Santos going Arsenal must now replace deadwood

  1. I agree that getting rid of the deadwood is important but the problem with Arsenal is that the club is reactive and defensive. Let me explain why:
    By sitting and waiting, penny pinching we are missing out on players that could improve the club. The verdict is not in yet but we will very likely miss on Higuain, Fellani as we already missed Jovetic. Yes, we are not as rich and splash the cash as MFC, CFC, PSG and likes but we should be more ambitious.
    ATC try to run the club as a business, which in theory they should but football is more than a business. Having said that, if it is to be run as a business, Arsenal needs to lear to cut its losses and move on. We should have gotten rid of the deadwood as soon as possible instead of always trying to recouperate every penny as this is costing the club more money. I do not care about the players feelings as we have seen they only care about their own money.
    If however, we do not spend the money I wuld not be surprised if there is an agreement between Wenger and the board saying they split the savings as a bonus to themselves. The reality is, this should be given back to the fans as a gesture and an investment in us and our hard spent money!

  2. the deadwood has already been replaced

    santos was replaced by monreal
    mannone by Martinez
    squillaci by miquel
    denilson by yennaris
    arshavin by eisfeld
    djourou by aneke
    coquelin by Olsson
    bendtner will be replaced by akpom
    chamakh by sanogo
    park by afobe
    gervinho by zelalem

    footnote
    santos becomes the 37th player to leave the club permanently in the last 14 months
    almunia
    mcdermott
    hoyte
    brislen-hall
    glasgow
    campbell
    botelho
    benayoun
    bunjaku
    monakana
    ozyakup
    murphy
    vela
    van persie
    bartley
    song
    lansbury
    squillaci
    arshavin
    angha
    meade
    ebicilio
    charles-cook
    shea
    monteiro
    bhimoutine
    neita
    watt
    wynter
    henderson
    eastmond
    rees
    hajrovic
    roberts
    denilson
    mannone
    santos

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