June 30, 2013 by
Your time is up! by AH
It is official that Andrey Arshavin, Sebastian Squillaci and Denilson are all no longer contracted to Arsenal, now that the 30th June has been reached. Alongside these three first team squad members, several other fringe and youth players have been released, meaning not only do we now have some free squad places in both the Premier League and Champion’s League squad sheets, but we have also freed up around £170k in wages.
It may surprise you to know that Squillaci, Arshavin and Denilson were on wages amounting to a total of around £150,000 per week, or even more, whilst the other fringe players make up a remaining £20,000. This means that this extra £170k generated for wages can now be added to the financial chest we have this transfer window, and I have taken a conservative figure. .......Read the full article here
June 06, 2013 by
It shows just what a drag factor Arsenal have been experiencing when you think about it. Andrey Arshavin and Sebastien Squillaci are finally out of contract this summer, while the Brazilian midfielder Denilson has agreed to terminate his Arsenal career by mutual consent. Apparently the three weekly wage bills were costing the club £85,000, £60,000 and £45,000 per week. .......Read the full article here
June 01, 2013 by
What to do with Miquel? by AH
Ignasi Miquel is a player whom I’m sure you are all familiar with because although he doesn’t play of a regular basis, he often features in the clubs domestic cup run competitions of the Capital One Cup and the FA Cup.
As captain of the Arsenal under 21’s Miquel is one of the more experienced players in that squad and will no doubt soon make the step up to the first team squad soon, after being in and around it for a few years now.
But at 20 years old, the former Barcelona defender is at a peak age in which he needs regular playing time to really develop into a star player and it doesn’t look like he will be getting regular playing time at Arsenal so I think it’s vital that we send him out on loan. .......Read the full article here
May 29, 2013 by
It’s a Win-Win scenario for Arsenal by AH
Although some people may slate the club for letting the deadwood players go for stupidly small sums of money, a lot of people will correctly recognise that although it hasn’t added much to our transfer chest, it does free up a lot of space elsewhere.
Now in this article, I’m addressing how much the club could realistically make if we were to sell all the players that have been touted for a move this summer. Of course some of them will stay because they won’t be able to find a club, and some of them just genuinely won’t be sold because they are still wanted, like Vermaelen. I’ll look to address a player’s value and how much wages they will open up and obviously each player that goes frees up a squad place. .......Read the full article here
May 25, 2013 by
How much the deadwood will free up space by AH
It’s a pretty well-known fact that in order for Arsenal to improve then we need to ship out some of the ‘deadwood’ and replace it with talent that can seriously build on our team and make it a strong competitor. If I’m honest I really don’t think we are that far off a great team, we have the buildings of it already at the club, we just need to go out this summer and buy, in my opinion 3, maybe 4 top quality players. .......Read the full article here
May 23, 2013 by
The biggest Arsenal transfer rumour going around today is the report in the Sun that Arsene Wenger is willing to unload our latest captain Thomas Vermaelen for a cut-price £5million Pounds. The Belgian international will not be happy that the Gunners went on a ten-game unbeaten run as soon as he was demoted to the bench, and the only time he got a game was when Laurent Koscielny was suspended.
Arsenal originally paid £10m for the Belgian international, but are reportedly willing to take half that this summer, which they will use to bring in the talented Swansea centre-back Ashley Williams, who has been linked with Arsenal for the last few weeks. .......Read the full article here
February 12, 2013 by
Are Arsenal right to let Andre Santos go? by AH
Andre Santos arrived in the summer of 2011 and was seen as a panic buy for many people. We had lost Gael Clichy to Manchester City earlier that summer and had failed to find a replacement, leaving us with just the very inexperienced and injury prone Kieran Gibbs at our disposal. Andre Santos was brought in from Fenerbache for a reported £6 million on transfer deadline day, along with many other players including Mikel Arteta, Per Mertesacker and the lost Park Chu Young. .......Read the full article here
January 30, 2013 by
Is wenger scared to spend the clubs money ? By BN
With the transfer window on the verge of shutting and no business being done by Arsene, could it be he is scared to spend Arsenal’s money in case he gets it wrong again? Just for a bit of fun I’ve picked a team of Wenger howlers, if you can add any players please do and of course I know about the good signings he has made as well……
Richard Wright 6m
Jeffers 8m .......Read the full article here
January 14, 2013 by
Every Arsenal fan is totally aware that the Gunners have a certain list of players on the wage bill that are simply not good enough to wear the Red & White, and are extremely unlikely to even get another game for the first team ever, but worryingly, Arsene Wenger does not expect any of them to be leaving the Emirates at the moment.
Wenger said: “I don’t envisage any other departures at the moment unless others come in.”
“On that front we are working very hard – I won’t give you numbers or names of players, and I don’t want to give false hope, but we are trying.” .......Read the full article here
December 13, 2012 by
Where do Arsenal go from here……. by LS
I don’t think I will be the first Arsenal supporter to say that Tuesday nights disastrous performance against league 2 Bradford was one of, if not the worst of recent years.
We lacked leadership, technique, pace and above all the will to win the game at any cost. But this is not only isolated to Tuesday night. We have performed consistently poorly this season, however somehow still maintaining 6th spot in the league, probably more down to the fact that every other team has been so inconsistent. .......Read the full article here
September 06, 2012 by
There were not many surprises when Arsenal confirmed their official squads for this season’s Premier League campaign, except for the inclusion of the midfielder Craig Eastmond, who featured in Arsenal’s 3-0 defeat of Everton in the U21 League on Monday. The other surprises for me are Sebastien Squillaci and Andrei Arshavin, who everyone thought would be leaving the club this summer even if it was only a loan move.
Here is the full squad: Arshavin, Arteta, Cazorla, Chamakh, Santos, Diaby, Djourou, Eastmond, Fabianski, Gervinho, Gibbs, Giroud, Koscielny, Mannone, Mertesacker, Podolski, Ramsey, Rosicky, Sagna, Squillaci, Szczesny, Vermaelen, Walcott. (Obviously there are no players aged under 21 included in this list) .......Read the full article here
September 01, 2012 by
There will not be many Arsenal fans that will be happy that a certain Sebastien Squillaci is still in training with the club after the transfer window deadline has come and gone. Arsenal failed to find buyers for Nicklas Bendtner or Chu-Young Park, but at least they have been sent out on loan to Juventus and Celta Vigo respectively.
You could say that Carlos Vela was at least offloaded to Real Sociedad six weeks ago, but most Arsenal fans would say he was a misunderstood talent rather than deadwood, but the likes of Marouane Chamakh (Giroud’s backup striker?), Andrei Arshavin and Johan Djourou are still part of the Gunners squad, while Bendtner, Denilson and Park are still Arsenal players in name if not in geographical position. .......Read the full article here