Giroud Set For Summer Exit Along With Three Other Arsenal Stars

By on April 8, 2014

As we approach the business end of the season clubs are starting to make plans for the summer transfer market so we’ll bring you all the latest news and gossip. Today, Gooner Mac brings us news of four first team squad players who are tipped to leave Arsenal.

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Olivier Giroud is being tipped to head-up the summer exit list at Arsenal with fellow first team squad players Lukas Podolski, Thomas Vermaelen and Nacho Monreal also likely to be sold, according to the Daily Mail.

While doubts continue over the future of Arsene Wenger, it seems the club are basing their summer plans on the Frenchman staying and that’s expected to lead to a number of players being sold this summer.

The Mail claim that the club are ready to listen to offers for several squad players with Olivier Giroud perhaps the most surprising name on the list of those tipped to leave the Emirates at the end of the season.

The Frenchman has divided opinion among fans and pundits alike since he joined from Montpellier in 2012 but there is no denying his form has taken a turn for the worse in recent weeks, and it looks like Arsene is ready to cut his loses after feeling ‘let down’ by the strikers actions following the news that he invited a model to his hotel room the night before a Premier League game earlier in the season.

Giroud was dropped for the Liverpool game following these allegations and although the boss said he was ‘rested’, it was surely no coincidence he was left out in favour of youngster Yaya Sanogo for such an important game on the day the newspapers broke the news.

With Nicklas Bendtner certain to leave when his contract expires in June, we’re expected to bring in at least two strikers this summer which will see Giroud drop down the pecking order and the 27-year-old could leave if a suitable offer comes in.

The other surprise name on the list is that of Nacho Monreal with the report suggesting the Spaniard is frustrated at playing second-fiddle to Kieran Gibbs and could join Thomas Vermaelen and Lukas Podolski in also leaving north London this summer.

Podolski has been playing more recently but that’s mainly down to the fact we have injuries in the attacking positions and when everyone is fit, the German has found himself out the team more often than not. I still think he’s a useful player to have in the squad but if he wants regular first team football you wouldn’t blame him if he wants out this summer.

Likewise with Vermaelen, he is clearly not going to break up the partnership of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny so I’d expect him to find a new club but I would be a little disappointed if Monreal left. With a couple of notable exceptions, the Spaniard has been a reliable member of the squad since joining from Malaga last January and he’s a more than capable back-up for Gibbs.

It’s certainly gearing up to be an interesting summer at the Emirates but the first thing we need to resolve is Arsene Wenger’s future because we can’t make plans in the transfer market until we know whether the Frenchman is going to be in charge or not.

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30 Comments

  1. Gabriel

    April 8, 2014 at 11:21 am

    They listed players should leave club for better, to giorld he is useless, no pace , no ball control, no dribble, and the worst no shot on targets, oooooo the idiot should go away, he only break fan’s heart, he is good for nothing, i wish him a long term injury if the club will not sale himmmmmmmmm

    • OzGoonerGuy

      April 9, 2014 at 12:06 am

      Same to you

    • Michael Staley

      April 10, 2014 at 9:53 am

      What an unpleasant person you are, Gabriel.

  2. SAGunner

    April 8, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Surely the fact that Wenger has stuck to playing football and running the club 1998 style – with the subsequent results for all to see has to be enough to convince any Gooner that it is time to part company. If not he will bring in more sick players from Russia – bargain basement French second league bulldozers like Giroud, absolutely useless with the ball at his feet. So we can go on … freebies like Sanago – who needs a good season or two at some 2nd league club to learn to control the ball, and play in a team of footballers.
    For how long are we to be fooled by Wenger – he is passed it – we all get there – let him admit it and travel on! Go and sit at the French Riviera St Tropez or so, and admire the ladies or something equally pleasurable, but please stop tormenting the loyal Arsenal supporters, who amongst them unfortunate number a great many who continue to eat up anything Wenger dishes up. Senility has taken root, but the owners of this unfortunate condition do not readily admit to it until they are faced with a real life scare as a result.

    • Rebo Ehwan

      April 9, 2014 at 12:25 am

      Your comment sums it all. Just to add that the Team Psychologists should also go! They are worth nothing, considering the inconsistency with which the players approach and execute big games.

  3. wilson

    April 8, 2014 at 11:47 am

    We have been patience, we have waited , now we have reached the boiling point. 9 yrs without a trophy for a team like Arsenal is out of question. Humanbeing fear change , but its the time for Wenger to leave the club in peace and move on. ITS ARSENAL FC but not Arsene fc.

  4. jordangooner

    April 8, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Gabriel, your no Arsenal supporter! Giroud started well for Arsenal, he has scored 19 goals this season, considering he is on his own up front it is a reasonable return. However his domestic problems are having an impact on his performance. I wish we could get you and the many muppets, so called, supporters to support soone else. How can any true supporter wish a player an injury! Real supporters support the club and team win or lose. The media make a great play of winning trophys, but most teams in the premier league will never win a trophy. They still, have great support.
    It should also be remembered, that Arsenal until, we won the European Fairs Cup in 1970 had won nothing in 17 years. This compares to Tottenham who have not won the league in 53 years, Manchester United also went 26 years without win league and were relegated during this time. Manchester City waited over 40 years to win the league, similat to Chelsea. Liverpool have never won the premier league 24 years. These so called supporters are an embarrassment to our great club. Unfortunately since our great run, when first joined, and we built the stadim. We appears to many new trophy hunting fans, who are not true supporters, but rubbish out great club, on blogs, but really have no appreciation of the history and our club. Wengers tenure is now under review, but we should forget his contribution and commitment to the club. You only have to look at other clubs, such as Tottenham to see what happens if you chop and change managers. Unless of course you are Man City or Chelsea, unlimited funds, where you can buy all the best players and by default buy the trophys. This formula is not rocket science, and any fool can achieve, this. COYG

    • sammy

      April 8, 2014 at 2:53 pm

      Jordan gooners
      I read ur write up and I see u sound more like wenger than arsenal fans. If u had watched match dis season u wil agree dat giroud and wenger has nt helpd d team. Wenger has d opportunity 2 strengten his team in two transfer windows bt he fails instead he prefer 2 managed both d players and funds given 2 him. Again, giroud hv nt help matters, he doesn’t play like a qualify stiker more like a woman.

    • Rebo Ehwan

      April 9, 2014 at 12:46 am

      Jordangooner, I beg to disagree with you to a large extent. It does not make sense for any coach to return budgeted transfer funds to the coffers of the club instead of buying good players. Inasmuch as I would like Wenger to remain, it should only be on condition that he stops managing the club like a national economy. Football is big business, which can only be sustained in the long run through careful investment. Besides, you must appreciate that the first line of responsibility of any football club is to the fans, not the owners. The owners invest their money with the expectation that they will make money from the fans through various windows of patronage. This can only be sustained if the fans derive their ultimate objective which is what we sometimes call “Bragging Rights”. Girioud is definitely a huge failure. If it were not for his blunders, nothing would have stopped Arsenal from lifting the league cup this season. Come to think of it, as Liverpool fans look forward to their matches with SaS/Gerarrd in mind, ManU with RvP/Rooney, ManC with Aguero/Yaya etc, and Chelsea with Eto’o/Torres/Lampard, who do we Arsenal fans look forward with anxiety to watch? Remember the days of Bergkamp, Vierra, Henry, RvP et al? Come on pal, Arsenal is a big club, remember?

  5. Syke

    April 8, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    WENGER OUT

    • prosmuc

      April 8, 2014 at 2:34 pm

      giroud is not to blame. he managed to play all season without a rest. thoz injury prone players are to blame. sell ramsey, walcot wilshere vermelen arteta sagna must go. not forgetin that sily keeper sczesny he cost up btwn the post. conceded 5 5 6 3 man city liverpool chelsea everton. fabianski beter conceded 0 1 1 totenham liverpool bayern and even saved a penalty.

  6. israel

    April 8, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    WENGER OUT……GIROUD OUT…….MONREAL OUT….VERMALEEN OUT….KRONKE OUT….GADIDIZ OUT…..

    • Michael Staley

      April 10, 2014 at 9:57 am

      Well, certainly you should be first out the door.

  7. Moshood Olayinka Abdulsalam

    April 8, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    It is in those days that a football club would go 23 to 50 years without trophy.In modern football,success is measured based on how many trophies you win not how many times you get into UCL places.Wenger should resign and should be replaced by either Guardiola,Klopp,Low or Martinez.The following players however should be shown the exit door Giroud,Diaby,Arteta,Szczesny,Monreal,Bendtner,Vermealen and Sagna

  8. israel

    April 8, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    MARTINES IN…DIEGO IN…WITH Two dfd,1dm,

  9. sallybakar

    April 8, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Hi! As far as I’m concerned, Arsenal board should let Wenger go. He’s short of modern day football ideaology. He’s grown accostumed to the purchase of players below average to that team in a competitive league like premiership. I wish he force his resignation this season it’s enough. Mourihno is absolutely right calling Wenger a failure specialist. Thanks.

  10. Richie Richard

    April 8, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    Hi! Personally I feel embarrassed the way Arsene Wenger sometimes take decisions in handling Arsenal footballing affairs. Wenger is always given financial boost to strengthen the club in areas where there seems to be weaknesses but surprisingly every season for the last 8, Wenger has been returning all the funds. In fact he should be an African man from a typical 4th world village if at all it was in existence, why? he always wants players whose contract is outdated, very cheap and lazy players, players whose performance sustainability are unpredictable and I don’t if its due to poor scouting. The question is why do WENGER always go free and cheap players? Is he trying to personalize Arsenal as club or fans as the financial basket of the club. Its due to his monopoly in the club and feels his past successes can be the same today and tomorrow. He has become a typical failure and should be shown the exit door should Arsenal fail to qualify for champion league next season and win Barclay premier league successively in the coming season
    Giroud must be granted permanent exit without excuse because he has been frustrating midfielders effort, he was always a spectator in the field
    Wenger to blame because he failed to provide for the position of Walcott, aware he is out for the rest of the season and the almost the engine of the striking line, I wonder what kind of mentality wenger had in the January transfer window, instead brought in a sick man not even a replacement for Walcott, this is madness
    Arsenal policy on players age limit is also very poor, I would determinedly say its killing the club. Remember the likes of Patrick V, Robert P, Wiltod S, Ljungberg F, Gilberto S, Adam T, Kanu N, Jen L, and many others. Why can Arsenal learn from Man. UTD Giggs’ contribution
    Bring in Frank R or Klopp if Arsenal wants to see trophies in the upcoming seasons. I wish my contribution could be taken very seriously. Thanks

  11. Paulo

    April 8, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    We dont have strikers, please we need one. Up Gunners

  12. sagacious

    April 9, 2014 at 1:16 am

    Wenger has a big problem that I can not mention I no one day if zenger no resigne he will die there

  13. oliver

    April 9, 2014 at 7:28 am

    Good morning to the Great fans not to the managers, I don’t want to say much the very truth I that Arsene wengers Age is affecting his mentality Am sorry for that but is a true fact, Arsenal has been in the top of the league till January and some of our key player were injured such as Ramsel wolcort instead of Arsene to bring in a Good replacement he went and brought in chicken, this is a modern football were everything is in stake the fans to be happy the players need to take something home, I don’t no what specialist in failure and his compatriot are turning this great into

  14. George

    April 9, 2014 at 8:04 am

    @Gabriel, U gat the Best comment bro!
    I don’t want to see dat mediocre in our dear team again. And if they insist to keep him. I will wish him to LONGEST injury eva in the history of EPL. Maybe lifetime injury.
    I also want Arteta out, bcos he’s making flamini not to play most games, #sluggish Midfielder, atimes I wonder if wenger sees what we are seeing.

  15. Griffin kio

    April 9, 2014 at 8:14 am

    I think that Wenger is a great coach with a fantastic ability to spot good footballers but very mean with money, every player he’s spoted and failed to buy due to cost is great but those he’s bought coz they are cheap have let him down, reason Wenger

    • Michael Staley

      April 10, 2014 at 10:00 am

      Since you’re wishing an injury on a player then, like Gabriel, you are a very unpleasant person. It’s a shame that people like you “support” this club.

  16. success

    April 9, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Mr wenger is the wright man for gunners but what I can say is this arsenal board must release money for him or sale the share to usmanov because this man is ready to buy world class player, football is advance than what arsenal board was doing. Arsenal fc is not a small club so big club suppose to have big player why u always find 2 million player up and down when your opponent go buy 50 million player u think say madrid fool to go buy a single player in 85 million pounds or barcelona fool to buy neymar 100 million Euro plus.

  17. Innocent arsenal kagwamminga

    April 9, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Wenger leave the club in peace

  18. simon pabeats

    April 9, 2014 at 10:20 am

    that its a good decision if it goes thro’ but for podoski i wish he stay he’s good player…… all i wish most we buy good striker and giroud let him leave his good but not that standard required by arsenal i wish him well, for arsene let him stay 4 next session and see what can do. problem with him he believe in himself but he cant deliver let sub being done when mistake comes but not after defeat 88th min!!!!!! i love arsene n arsenal it all

  19. Aloyce kizito

    April 9, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Wenger should sell giroud,vermalen,monreal,podosk and arteta.bring in lukaku,song,draxer,mangala and lalana.arsenal will be competitive..

  20. MOHA

    April 9, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    Wenger really tired he need to be replaced by another modern coach that knows what today’s football is all about not like Wenger whose knows how olden football is all about

  21. atid

    April 10, 2014 at 4:49 am

    we shouldnt be selling anyone, the squad lacks depth. sure if we have to lose the players that are out of contract like sagna, bendtner, fabianski, kallstrom, viviano and we also lose park, djourou and probably coquelin. that is already 8 departures and will open up lots of space for new arrivals. the fitness of diaby could open up another place, but until those 8 or 9 spaces are occupied there is no need to clear out. then there are players like, ryo, jenkinson, miquel, martinez and galindo. All are born 1992 and will need to be included as a homegrown or non-homegrown player next season. As yet none of them have done enough to be included.

    So for me there is 14 players futures that need deciding before any of the players you have listed.

    • atid

      April 10, 2014 at 5:21 am

      so all in all that is 32 players currently on the books that will be classed as homegrown/non-homegrown.

      so we need to be sorting out the futures of those 14 and also boateng, should be the new managers priority before even considering any of these 17

      szcesney
      mertesacker,koscielny, vermaelen
      gibbs, monreal
      arteta, flamini, wilshire, ramsey
      walcott,ozil, rosicky, cazorla, campbell, podolski
      giroud

      for me that it is a decent 17, its then simply about adding the right 8 players to that 17. The only one of the other 15 players (born 1992 or before) i would want to keep in the squad next season is sagna. So for me its goodbye to
      Fabianski, Viviano, Martinez (loan) Jenkinson (loan) Djourou, MIquel, Boateng, Coquelin, Diaby, Kallstrom, Galindo, Park, Bendtner, Ryo (loan)

      That would give us room to buy 8 top players and would also keep the nucleus of our squad together, as many of the 14 departing are just bit part players at best.

      With what remains in the 17 we would need a world class keeper and a 3rd choice keeper. a right back if sagna stays 2 if he doesnt. another centre back, another holding midfielder, another attacking midfielder/winger a world class centre forward and another very good striker.

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