Sunday, 1 April 2012

Summer Sales

I think there is still quite a lot of 'deadwood' at Arsenal that needs to be removed this summer. There are mumblings coming out about what wages a lot of Arsenal's squad players are on. Players like Diaby, Denilson, Almunia, Djourou and Bendtner are on laughable wages, reportedly around the 50k, 60k, 70k mark, which is beyond riduculous.

These are players that are squad players at best. Players that probably aren't good enough for Arsenal, a club that should be aiming to win the Premier League and the Champions League. And you're not going to do that with players like Denilson, Djourou and Chamakh in your squad. Therefore, we not only need to get rid of these players becuase they're not good enough, but also because they're on silly wages, that could be better spent on better players that are more likely to help the club move forward and achieve things, success, finally.

Abou Diaby is one I have always had doubts about. He looks a good squad player, but he is too injury prone and regularly fails to earn his 60k a week wage. There's no real point in having someone so injury prone, who isn't really good enough to ever be a first choice centre midfielder for an Arsenal side. Not if we want to achieve things anyway.

Denilson, Djourou and Squillaci certainly aren't good enough for the Arsenal squad, nevermind the first team, so they should be sold too. Chamakh and Arshavin need to go too, Chamakh is an appauling player that just doesn't seem to have the passion or the spirit to play in the Premier League. Arshavin lacks the desire and the commitment too, and is more of a liability than a benefit to the team when he comes in. Plus, it might be good to get his personality away from Arsenal's younger players, to whom he isn't a very good role model to. Also, these are both players on very big wages again, so we certainly shouldn't keep them.

Nicklas Bendtner's a curious issue. He's not a bad player, will notch the odd goal, but is that really good enough for Arsenal? The trouble is, if we sell so many players, we're going to need to bring in a lot, but Bendtner is another one I'd sell, because he's on very high, overpayed wages and is a bad influence in the dressing room. He has more push factors than pulls. Another one to get rid of.
Andre Santos is probably my most controversial member of the 'get rid' list. He seems surpirsingly popular with Arsenal fans on Twitter, but I just can't understand why. He was a poor buy. He's a defensive liability, constantly giving the ball away in stupid positions and has struggled a few times with players running at him and in behind him, like at Chelsea. He's a good threat going forward, but the priority for a 'defender' is to be able to 'defend'. He's too much of a liability, lacks pace, is getting into his early thirties and does silly things when on the ball. I just don't see it with him, he's another player that costs us more than he benefits us. Even when he came on for half an hour in what was a very comfortable game at home to Aston Villa last week, he almost let them back in the game by giving the ball away in a stupid position, just outside Arsenal's penalty area and that could have cost us 2 points, or even 3. Luckily it didn't, but no thanks to Santos. Get rid.

So the players I'd get rid of are:
  1. Almunia
  2. Arshavin
  3. Chamakh
  4. Djourou
  5. Squillaci
  6. Bendtner
  7. Denilson
  8. Diaby
  9. Santos
  10. Miquel
These players, in my opinion, are quite obviously not worth our while, nor good enough for Arsenal if the club wants to move forward.

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