If Arsenal are serious about clearing some players off the wage bill and making room for some new additions to the squad, then the manager and board may have to accept some deals that they do not like. Arsene Wenger has got a well deserved reputation for doing well in transfer dealings, but he will find it hard to get anything close to the true value of the players he wants to sell.
Andrey Arshavin has been strongly linked with a move to the Premier league strugglers Reading, but the manager has made it clear that they will not be spending much money. It seems to suggest that Arsenal may have to accept next to nothing if they are to get rid of the Russian. Arshavin was the record signing for the Gunners when he joined from Zenit St. Petersburg on transfer deadline day in February 2009. It will go down as one of Wenger’s failures, but the Frenchman must forget any personal pride because at the minute he is just a very expensive bench warmer.
Reading’s Russian owner is a fan of Arshavin, but will be well aware of the situation at Arsenal. He is willing to pay the 31-year old player a higher wage than the club are used to, but will not pay much of a transfer fee. Arsenal have already turned down a low offer for Andre Santos, but now face having to pay his wages for the rest of his contract. I think we should just cut our losses and take what we can get for these players who are not going to contribute to the season.