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Wenger Finally Clearing The ‘Deadwood’ With 4 Outcasts Linked With Moves

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is finally set to offload some of his ‘deadwood’ with Arshavin, Chamakh, Squillaci and Djourou all linked with moves away this month.

With the January transfer window now open for business we’ll be keeping you up-to-date with all the latest transfer gossip. Today,  several Arsenal outcasts could finally be leaving the club.

Johan Djourou

It seems Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is finally set to offload several members of the ‘deadwood’ brigade with Andrey Arshavin, Marouane Chamakh, Sebastien Squillaci and Johan Djourou all being linked with moves away from the club this month.

The boss has been speaking at his weekly press conference ahead of this weekends FA Cup clash with Swansea and he’s confirmed that defender Squillaci would move on if he can find a club while Djourou could also be on his way with his future set to be decided in the next few days. Wenger is quoted as saying by the Mirror.

“Squillaci, if he finds a club, he will certainly go. Djourou might go somewhere as well, that will be decided in the next 48 to 72 hours.”

The Daily Mail report today that Hannover 96 are one of the clubs showing an interest in Djourou with the Germans said to be keen on taking him on loan with a view to a permanent deal. President Martin Kind is quoted as saying by the Mail:

‘I can confirm he (Djourou) is on our list and there have been talks.’

The newspaper also claims that Arshavin is attracting interest from PSV Eindoven after rejecting a move to Reading, but the Russian attacker is understood to be keen on linking up with former Russian coach Dick Advocaat in Holland.

The final player who could leave north London in January is Marouane Chamakh with the Mail reporting that French side Lille and London rivals West Ham are interested in the Moroccan striker.

While most Gooners are more interested in who may be coming in to the Emirates this month, I think it’s just as important we get the ‘deadwood’ out the door and off the wage bill.

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The likes of Squillaci, Djourou and Chamakh are all paid high wages for doing practically nothing other than turning up to training so we need to ship them out and then Arsene will have room to bring in players to the squad who will be able to contribute to the first team.

Are you happy to hear these four players could be leaving Arsenal this month? Get involved in the comments section below.



  1. tonerry

    January 3, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    They should leave before i will rejoice.don’t believe what arsene says now until it is done.gunners for life

  2. don

    January 3, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    its very unfair calling some players dead wood,especially after AW mismanaged them or oftenly played them out of position or demoralised them.djourou was our best CD last season but one,when metersacker came n vermaelen was fully fit again,he benched him without any explainations,the same season chamakh was our main striker before RVP recovered from injury,please check his scoring stats,assists,penalties won before RVP replaced him in october n tell me they arent impressive,AA was phenomenal when he came from zenit n he single handedly won us a champions league spot that season.where did it all go wrong? “AW,”he proved to these three players including jenkinson this season,that no matter how much you progress,he’ll always have somebody he favors n that person doesn’t have to be played on performance merit,that he has favouritism.with all his experience he couldn’t introduce competition in the team.he’s damaged AA who is one of the best playmakers in the world by playing him wide,yet he plays jokers like ramsey through the middle,that is AA’s comfort zone.AW has messed up these players n he is the biggest dead wood in the club currently,and if he will not leave,honestly,we’ll not achieve.we can replace this players right now,but,still we’ll not achieve.we had cesc,RVP,nasri,rosicky,AA,wilshere in one team,does it get better than that? n still won nothing,even worse we lost the CC final to birmingham,tell me,why are you wish listing on world class players who’ll be managed with a manager without ambition,character,winning mentality n is tactically inept.believe me,just like other stars they’ll leave.we need to change the manager because he is currently the biggest dead wood!

    • Goons_with_Guns

      January 3, 2013 at 2:59 pm

      You failed to mention the Deadwood that is also knwon as the Board of Directors of Arsenal.

    • chris from Cambridge

      January 3, 2013 at 8:53 pm

      Can’t argue with much of that, Don. But beware the shrinking minority who still rate Wenger as a genius who must never be criticised!

      One of our big problems is Wenger forces men to play out of position to fit his one only formation. Contrast better coaches who adapt the system to bring the best out of his players.

  3. kay

    January 3, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Very wise decision by’ve to play for your wages not train for your wages.

  4. jessie

    January 3, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    i think what don says makes sence to me a little bit. I was very angry when i heard that ramsey has extended his contract. Arshavin can controll the mid field much much better than ramsey. He proved that against reading in the carling cup. His display was amazing. That is why reading wants him. Keep arshavin, sell ramsey. Ramsey is a rotten wood.

  5. charles f

    January 3, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    i am hapi dat these deadwoods are leaving,but i wish gervinho wil go too,n may b santos

  6. LOL

    January 3, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    This article has been copy and pasted from the previous transfer window.

  7. allan1340

    January 3, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    I am agree in some point of what Don has said. I aiways have thought about it why player come to club has been good for their former club but when they come to our club we misplace them from thier natural place? player like Arsavin even podi are not happy where he play because this is Weger idea a player should can play every where, that is why he does not buy player he change thier places like Arteta!!! thats why our player can not give maximo effect. this is not a secret that Wenger choice player after who he likes and Ramsy is one of them. I am very disapponted of Wenger that let player like AA go from club and keep the player like Ramsy that can even pass the ball!!! If it’s possible i will play for Arsenal if they give money to player like Ramsy for nothung why not give it to me!! Jock aside. I will not call Wenger deadwood or want him out but i hope he open his eyes and realize some times he may also make mistake like everybody else.

    • Bface

      January 3, 2013 at 7:26 pm

      Hey allan1340

      Not saying I am an expert in English but it’s good to know how to spell and write. When most words are spelt wrongly, the reader hardly understand the statement.

      Again I am not an expert but it’s good to make an effort to spell and write properly

  8. Yamusa

    January 3, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    I will be happy to hear there living Arsenal.but i will be happy if wenger can sign atleast 4 players to strnghten our squad. If wenger cagn dis 3 or 4 players we’ll be alright.Baines,M’villa,Nani and Adrian lopez we are gud to go. I peaty our team meeting Bayern without signing new players.gunners 4 life

  9. morrision

    January 3, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    wenger is a rotten dead wood…he must go too….

  10. Goon

    January 3, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Like or not the biggest deadwood is the stubborn, scrooge manager. I’m sick of his comments at every transfer window saying ‘we’ll buy if there is a right player.’ trust me gooners, cheap players can only bring cheap achievement: the 4th position if at all. He him self (AW) lacks creativity.

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