Arsenal’s squad is now massive and there is no way that we can keep all our unwanted players on the payroll and keep within Premier League guidelines, but the fact is that the Gunners are struggling to offload any of them at all, and may be facing the nightmare of paying a selection of players that can’t even get added to the official squad list.
These players include Lucas Perez (who doesn’t want to return from Spain), Mathieu Debuchy (who has been surplus for too long already) and Joel Campbell (who is injured and unsellable), Carl Jenkinson (who turned down a move at Xmas over his wage demands) and perhaps Calum Chambers who spent last season on loan. The one that we would expect to sell for the most money though is Kieran Gibbs, who was reportedly a target for West Brom. They apparently bid £10m for the left-back but have now lost interest as Arsenal are demanding £15m and of course they would have to match his Arsenal wages which are £60,000 a week.
I don’t think any of the players mentioned above would ever earn as much as Arsenal pay them, which is probably just as big a stumbling block for sales as well as the inflated transfer fees. This applies especially in the cases of Perez and Debuchy who are definitely being paid far in excess of what they could get in Spain or France unless they were taken in by a very big team with more money than sense.
As far as I’m concerned, Wenger should have taken the 10m that was offered for Gibbs, and should take whatever is offered for the others or the club will suffer in the future, paying out wages for little or no return….
Who else should be disposed of as soon as possible?