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Arsenal Confirm Seven Players Will Be Released This Summer

Goalkeeper Manuel Almuia and defender Gavin Hoyte are among seven players who will be released by Arsenal at the end of their professional contracts next month.

Manuel Almunia and Gavin Hoyte are among seven players who will be released by Arsenal next month.

The club announced on this evening that former first team players Manuel Almunia and Gavin Hoyte will join reserve team regulars Sean McDermott, Rhys Murphy and George Brislen-Hall as those on professional contracts who will be released on the 30th June.

Scholars James Campbell and Jeffrey Monakana will also be released on July 1st and are free to find new clubs.

Almunia is of course the most notable name to be released having previously been regarded as Arsenal’s No.1. The Spaniard made a total of 175 first team appearances since joining the club in 2004 and kept a surprising, and impressive, 70 clean sheets!

He fell out of favour towards the end of the 2010/11 season and failed to even make Arsenal’s 25-man squad this term, so it comes as no surprise to see him part ways with the club.

For all his faults, Manuel always tried his best but he just wasn’t good enough to make it at Arsenal. I wish him well and won’t be shocked if he impresses at a lower profile club in the future.



  1. David

    May 22, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Well that frees up 60k a week!!

    • FinnGun

      May 23, 2012 at 6:15 am

      According to an English tabloid rag…

  2. Arsenal Norway

    May 22, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    thanks for everything almunia. You are a nice person and always did your best. Best of luck for the future!

  3. Pedrogooner

    May 22, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    Good luck manwell 😉

  4. Terna

    May 22, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Hey buddy i hate goodbyes but sometimes it becomes inevitable. You are a good man,farewell Al…

  5. Edwin

    May 22, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    almunia&co you have tried your best thank you so much

  6. Jak

    May 22, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    Farewell manuel. Wsh u luck

  7. hank

    May 23, 2012 at 12:05 am

    Am I the only one happy to see him leave?? He cost us valuable games. All the best to him, but good riddance.

  8. Mastercoded

    May 23, 2012 at 12:37 am

    Gudluck emmanuel

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  10. musa gunda

    May 23, 2012 at 4:00 am

    Please wenger huryup and buy quality players so as to keep our honorable goal scoring machine, our norble captain Rvp.come on wenger don’t let van persi go please buy good and experiance quality players pls.the fans are tayered year in year out tropless.

  11. Jerry

    May 23, 2012 at 4:34 am

    All the best Manuel. But is Wenger going to go for better replacements and in good time? I doubt

  12. Abdirashid M.hassan

    May 23, 2012 at 4:48 am

    Bring us good players, not stories.

  13. Abdirashid M.hassan

    May 23, 2012 at 4:57 am

    Not only the big spending clubs but Even spurs are ahead of us in da market. Wake up wenger.

  14. agas

    May 23, 2012 at 5:59 am

    What about: squid,vella,denilson,park ? The more these deadwoods players go the better for us, come on wenger, need more actions .

  15. Drekkylord

    May 23, 2012 at 7:57 am

    Wat about squillaci n djorou,denilson,ds guys shud b allowed to go,ramsey shud go baq 2 d reserve,

  16. Drekkylord

    May 23, 2012 at 8:00 am

    If they stay it means another trophylex season!

  17. Flintstone

    May 23, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Vela has a lot of potential in tight situations inside the box and it is a question of strategically using his skill. It needs an offensive minded coach, like Bergkamp, to hone him in,but it will NEVER happen in Wenger’s reign,too complicated for his liking other than passing and passing.

  18. DwangVoo

    May 23, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Great news!


    – simply not good enough
    – wants to leave and average
    – injured 9/10 of the season consistently

    Most importantly is to use the additional money and wages to bring in quality.

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