So with most of the transfer talk involving players coming in, some players will inevitably be leaving the Emirates as well. So who is definitely out the door?
Despite continued negotiations and attempts to keep the Frenchman at the club it seems Sagna is following Nasri and Clichy up to Manchester City. There already seems to be several names suggested as replacements that would be a good fit for the Arsenal squad. It’s a shame to be losing one of this season’s most consistent performers but if a youthful replacement can be found for a decent price then this should not prove to be the biggest loss to the squad overall.
Fabianski has a had a good season at the club and Wenger retained faith in the designated ‘cup keeper’ to stay between the sticks for the final against Hull. However he has refused to sign a contract extension in the hope of moving away to find regular first team football. He is obviously good enough for more football but he won’t find it at Arsenal, so parting at this point makes sense. However there haven’t been any keepers linked with Arsenal except for Asmir Begovic, who will not be expecting to play a back-up role. Will Szczesny be happy to play reserve keeper next season at the Emirates? I’m not so sure.
How do you replace a player like Bendtner? Easily. The Danish striker has never really realised the potential he claimed to have and has been released by the club after 9 years of patchy service. He has developed a following that can only be likened to that of former England international Emile Heskey, famed more for his misses and failings than his actual striking prowess. No doubt Niklas is confident of being picked up by a Champions League club but he’s more likely to be fighting in a team trying to avoid the Championship.