Arsenal have already released a couple of players on loan deals during this transfer window, with Marouane Chamakh off to West Ham for the rest of the season and Johan Djourou joining Hannover in the German Dundesliga. There have been expectations that Squaillachi and Arshavin might also be on their way out of the Emirates, but Arsene Wenger has said that Arsenal are not looking to offload any more players at the minute.
“At the moment, no.
“We have a good squad, a balanced one. At the moment, nobody can go out unless we buy somebody. At the moment our focus is to keep everybody. In every position we have two players. Three is two many and one is not enough.”
I am sure that I am not alone to have felt the icy fingers of fear clutch around my heart when I read that. Surely Wenger cannot think that the Squid is a good enough squad player. The manager should not have to focus on keeping him, he should be doing everything he can to get a new defender in to the club. A quality player like Yanga-Mbiwa who might actually play for us.
The sane goes for Arshavin. Many Arsenal fans think we should keep the Russian, but only if Wenger is going to play him sometimes. If not, there are clubs who want him, and we could replace him with a real class act like Arda Turan. Does this also mean that Wenger is happy for Andre Santos to be cover for Gibbs? He says that the two players were allowed to leave in order to get games, but does that not apply to Squid, Andrey and Santos?
“They don’t play here and they need games. A player who never plays loses his quality and his confidence. It’s important that they get a chance to play somewhere.”
Don’t do this to us Arsene. You are scaring us now.