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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.