Who will Arsenal sell this summer?

Arsenal opinion: Andrey Arshavin, Sebastien Squillaci & Marouane Chamakh are all expected to leave the Emirates Stadium this summer

Alex Batt
Published 04/05/2013 16:31 by Alex Batt, read by 11,178 people.

Transfer windows are usually fairly quiet for Arsenal, but this year may be different as Arsene Wenger looks certain to make several changes to his squad, with players leaving and arriving at the Emirates Stadium.

Another season without a trophy has left Wenger questioning the players he currently has at his disposal and it is thought that several players may be sold in the summer, with several also coming in after it was revealed that Wenger may have up to £70m to spend on bringing in new faces.

With the likes of Stevan Jovetic, Asmir Begovic, Victor Wanyama and Ashley Williams all linked with potential summer moves to the Emirates, there will be some current Arsenal players all but guaranteed a move away from the north London club.

Here we look into the players that could be departing from Arsenal in the summer.

The first two players that are 100 per cent set to leave Arsenal in the summer are midfielder Andrey Arshavin and defender Sebastien Squillaci.

Both of them are in their last year at the club, as Arsenal refused to extend their contracts, and these two will see nearly £120k cut from the club's wage-bill.

Both players are set to leave on a free and will certainly make way for new signings to come in.

The Russian midfielder has never quite lived up to his hype at Arsenal -apart from during his first few months at the club, a spell that saw him score four goals against Liverpool in a thrilling 4-4 draw.

However, these days he is known as lazy and not passionate enough and will surely be leaving the club with Zenit interested, but London being his preferred destination.

As for Squillaci, he is a contender for the tag: 'Arsene Wenger's worst ever signing'. Brought in to add some experience to the defence, many fans were thinking it could be a good signing, but Squillaci himself soon proved them wrong with some dire performances. A player that no Arsenal fan will be sad to see leave.

So Arshavin and Squillaci are the sure-fire departures at Arsenal as their contracts expire, but who are the players that could also be leaving?

Defenders Bacary Sagna and Thomas Vermaelen have been heavily linked with potential summer exits - especially the French right-back, who has stalled on signing a new contract for the past six months.

It is believed that Arsenal are not prepared to extend Sagna's contract because of injury problems in the past and the defender is less than happy about it, so this could pave his way out of the Emirates with Carl Jenkinson also developing nicely. But it is thought the club are looking to bring in a suitable replacement if Sagna does go.

As for the club's captain, Vermaelen, a below-par season for the Belgium international has seen him dropped from the first-team. It is thought that Wenger is in the market for a new centre-back, but whether this means the end to Vermaelen's stay is another thing. A potential move could be on the cards, though.

Currently there are several players out on loan at other clubs from Arsenal and the majority of these loanees will be looking for full-time moves away from the Emirates.

The likes of Nicklas Bendtner, Andre Santos, Denilson, Marouane Chamakh, Johan Djourou and Park Chu-Young are all expected to leave the club in the summer as Wenger wants to clear up the club's current wage-bill - and these players are seen as the ideal wages to cut.

So whether or not it will be busy for incoming transfers, it will certainly be busy for outgoing transfers at the Emirates Stadium, with as many as eight players strongly linked with moves away from the club.


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