Wenger: Trio Will Definitely Leave But Arshavin Could Stay

By on July 30, 2012


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hinted Andrey Arshavin could yet stay at the club but confirmed at least three more players will leave this summer.

After a bright start to life in north London, Arshavin’s form has dipped drastically in recent seasons and has failed to live up to expectations following his move in 2009.

The 31-year-old was sent out on loan to former side Zenit St Petersburg in February last season and was able to recapture some of his old form, scoring three goals and grabbing four assists in 10 appearances.

Despite all parties keen to secure a permanent transfer, Zenit have so far been unable to agree a deal with Arsenal and Wenger has now left the door open to a possible stay at the club for the Russian attacker.

The Gunners boss is planning to hold talks with Arshavin and hinted he could yet have a future at the Emirates. Quoted by ESPN, Wenger said:

“With Arshavin, it depends,” Wenger said. “We have to sit together and talk. He could still have a future at the club.”

The Frenchman also confirmed that Nicklas Bendtner, Sebastien Squillaci and Park Chu-Young will all be leaving the club this summer after failing to hold down first team spots. Wenger continued:

 “Bendtner, Squillaci and Park will be on their way to go somewhere.”

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Seeing Arshavin perform well at the Euro’s, as well as with Zenit in the second half of last season, shows us he still has it in him to make a difference at the top level. But it’s doing the business in the Premier League where the Russian has struggled in recent years.

If he comes back with a renewed confidence i’d be happy for him to be given another chance at Arsenal, but if he still has that ‘couldn’t give a sh*t’ look on his face that he had last season while at the Emirates, i’d prefer to see him gone.

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  1. Richard

    July 30, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Come on guys. That’s his given face. I don’t think he can do anything about it.

  2. Bola

    July 30, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Arshavin is now a shadow of himself. Can he compete with d likes of ox & walcot, I doubt it…

  3. LB

    July 30, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    AA is quality through and through !

    The problem he faces is one of ‘motivation’. He seemed more concerned about his income tax level here in the UK over his performances on the pitch, sadly. When he first arrived, he wanted to make a big statement and he did just that ( four goals against Liverpool anyone ?! ). Yet, every other article you read, AA was moaning about tax monies and lack of other fringe benefits coming his way – this clearly muddled his football focus and definately whacked his desire very hard indeed.
    Still, like I said, he is endowed with a quick footballing brain and is positvely genial when he’s interested enough. So, maybe a sit down talk with Arsen, might just help stimulate his interest again ? One thing is for certain, AA’s egpo might have taken a bit of a battering with the lack of clubs coming in for him over the summer ? Maybe he’ll realise that he could still go on to do really well at Arsenal, if only for another couple of seasons. Oh, and maybe he could get himself a better, more creative accounts-manager here in the UK too ?!!

  4. Ubong brendan

    July 30, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Once an assassin is an assassin. Keep him and he will continue to kill odar clubs

  5. bc

    July 30, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Dissappointed not to see chamakh on his list if those 5 leave we will have room for 5 more.

  6. joel

    July 30, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    hooray…..!!!!! but just play him as an attacking centre midfield…..i am sure hes gonna rock …..just as he did against liverpool & barcelona….

  7. M.C kuntu

    July 30, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Ashavin is a quality to watch alone on the pitch,another thing i want arsen wigan should take note of is, he play arshavin in his favourite position which is centre attacking and arsen wigan should stop playing him in the wing again,then you can now see the kind of matiral arshavin is made off,..he should stay and display for us again like that day scoring 4 goals against liverpool .. M.C

  8. mintee

    July 30, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    nice to see the usuall retarded comments about Arshavin being played out of position. Comedy.

    Lets get rid of him, he’s a liability and a waste of a squad space. I love the little guy but his time is most certainly up.

  9. Azuka

    July 30, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Nice one

  10. Emmanuel Ekwere.

    July 31, 2012 at 12:37 am

    Sebastien-Squillaci does nothing but is constantly pocketing a fixed NON-TAXABLE weekly-wage of £65,000 British-Pounds, Nicklas-Bendtner smiles to the bank every Monday with an ‘UNSCATHED,’ £75,000pounds. Park Chu-Young takes £56,000po unds. Let em LEAVE!

  11. Emmanuel Ekwere.

    July 31, 2012 at 12:37 am

    Sebastien-Squillaci does nothing but is constantly pocketing a fixed NON-TAXABLE weekly-wage of £65,000 British-Pounds, Nicklas-Bendtner smiles to the bank every Monday with an ‘UNSCATHED,’ £75,000pounds. Park Chu-Young takes £56,000pounds. Let ’em LEAVE!

  12. Steve.

    July 31, 2012 at 10:12 am


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