As Arsene Wenger gears up to bring in reinforcements to his Arsenal squad for the beginning of the new campaign, as many as eleven players from the current setup have been released by the club. The prominent names include that of goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski and striker Nicklas Bendtner, who’s contract I believe should have been terminated a long time ago.
No Arsenal fans will be surprised that Nicklas Bendtner and Park Chu Young (did he ever join?) have been released by Arsene Wenger, but some of us thought that Chuks Aneke may have been given a new contract after scoring 16 goals on loan at Crewe this season. But it looks like Wenger thinks there are too many other strikers ahead of him right now (I thought we only had one!)
Arsenal fans have two more games to enjoy before the usual frustration, pain and tension of the transfer window sets in. We are all hoping for a better summer of signings, but perhaps just as important is holding on to our players, with Wenger still hoping to persuade Bacary Sagna and Lukasz Fabianski to sign new contracts.
This summer it seems that Arsene Wenger will be having to do lots of Arsenal transfer dealings, before he even thinks about strengthening the team. Last summer wenger managed to dispose of some deadwoods, but as hardly any of them were replaced the Gunners were left with a much-reduced playing squad. This summer will see even more empty spaces in the squad.
I don’t think that he was specifically talking about Arsenal or aiming his words at Arsene Wenger, but as Manuel Pellegrini gave his post match interview after his Man City side completed the double over United and put themselves firmly in the driving seat in the race for the Premier League title, he might as well have been.
A lot of Arsenal fans were less than overjoyed, and that is like saying that Tottenham fans were less than overjoyed when they found out that Newcastle hadn’t really equalised on the final day of last season, to hear that Arsene Wenger had blocked the deal that would have seen Nicklas Bendtner leave the Gunners last summer.
Arsene Wenger always seems to have a great relationship with his players at Arsenal. Even the likes of Samir Nasri, Alex Song and others, who have let the boss down by pushing for a move away from the Gunners once Wenger has made them into top class players, still keep in contact and remain friendly with the Frenchman.
Just a week or so after we read about how this Arsenal player felt that he had been branded with an unfair reputation, more fuel has been poured onto the fire. There are no prizes for guessing that I am talking about our old friend Nicklas Bendtner.