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The 7 players Arsenal could or should lose this summer

The last few weeks and months have been full of transfer rumours about players that Arsenal are apparently going to be signing which got me thinking about who is going to leave the club to make room for new players.

Lukasz Fabianski
The Polish keeper has been missing from the team since his fellow countryman Wojciech Szczesny took the gloves nearly two and a half years ago. He has made the odd appearance but it looks like there will be no use for him if the reports linking Arsenal with a new keeper are true.

Should Arsenal look to Brazil this summer?

It has been a fair few years since Arsenal had a significant number of Brazilian players in the squad, the last time we had a decent contingent of Brazilians was in the days of Gilberto Silva and Edu. When those two players were in the team, we were extremely successful but that wasn’t because of them – it was to do with the team as a whole.

Arsenal must not focus on van Persie

However much fans groups try, or Wenger calls for respect, there will be no doubting the feeling of many Arsenal fans about Robin van Persie when Manchester United come to the Emirates on Sunday. The Arsemal players, however, need to try to ignore what is going on in the stands and not get caught up in the emotion.

On the pitch, the Gunners have a massive job to do, and the Dutch striker is a key player for Alex Ferguson’s team.There is no doubt that our former captain will be desperate to score, but the Arsenal players must approach it like any other tough game that we need to get points off.

Arsenal Players on loan – Who should come back next season?

Arsenal’s famous list of “deadwood” players seems to get bigger every year, but for some reason we can never get anyone to actually buy them off us and we have to struggle to send them out on loan every year. But we still do have some talented players out there that have a chance of coming back and becoming first team players of the future.

Let’s lok first at the experienced players that are on loan:

Andre Santos (Gremio) – No-one wants him back at Arsenal but can you believe he played the full 90 minutes in Brazil’s 4-0 win over Bolivia last weekend!

Santos and Arshavin heading for Arsenal exit?

If Arsene Wenger has the reported transfer funds of around £70 million this summer, then Arsenal should soon have a new record signing. The current one, Andrey Arshavin, has never lived up to his price tag, and could be heading out of the club this summer after attracting interest from Azerbaijan and Australia, according to Russian reports.

Azerbaijan is situated to the south of Arshavin’s native Russia, and there is money at some of their teams. Khazar Lankaran is one of them, with John Toshack recently installed as the manager, and a spokesman for the club has suggested that Arshavin could be one of their summer targets.

Is Wenger ready to wield the axe at Arsenal?

Arsene Wenger is not generally known for being ruthless with his Arsenal players. In fact, he generally gives under-performing players more chances than most of the fans would like. The Frenchman never publicly criticises individuals, no matter how badly they have performed, just this season he was supportive of the calamitous Andre Santos after some real shockers.

So it is with surprise and incredulity that I read the story in today’s Daily Mail that Wenger was preparing to axe his captain Thomas Vermaelen and the first choice keeper Wojciech Szczesny. I’m not saying that their performances have been below par recently, because they have, but Gervinho and Ramsey have also been shocking at times this season and Wenger has always kept faith with them.

Arsenal to smash wage structure for summer signings

All of the talk and information coming out of Arsenal Football Club suggests that the days of scrimping and saving to pay off the Emirates Stadium are over. The latest financial figures show a big cash reserve and good profitability, with new sponsorship money on the way. It is not just the money to be able to compete with the big spenders over transfer fees that has seen Arsenal lose it’s best players and miss out on big name signings, however. The current wage structure at the club falls way short of what top players are earning, but that too is going to be torn up, apparently, so we really should be able to compete.

Santos could be coming back to Arsenal

What is it with Arsenal? Arsene Wenger and the backroom staff need to learn how to be horrible to people, because it seems almost impossible to get players who are no longer required or desired to move on. After turning down a transfer back to Turkey with Galatasaray, Andre Santos finally left the Emirates to go back to his native Brazil with a loan deal to Gremio.

Cue wild celebrations in North London and in isolated pockets of Gooners around the globe. Hold on though, put your party hats away and re-cork the champagne, because it seems as if Robin van Persie’s best friend forever is intending on coming back to Arsenal to renew his career as a Gunner.

Can you pick Arsenal’s back four to face Bayern Munich?

Are Arsenal right to let Andre Santos go? by AH

Andre Santos arrived in the summer of 2011 and was seen as a panic buy for many people. We had lost Gael Clichy to Manchester City earlier that summer and had failed to find a replacement, leaving us with just the very inexperienced and injury prone Kieran Gibbs at our disposal. Andre Santos was brought in from Fenerbache for a reported £6 million on transfer deadline day, along with many other players including Mikel Arteta, Per Mertesacker and the lost Park Chu Young.

Who should be the Arsenal left back against Bayern Munich?

Who will play Left Back against Bayern? by KJ

The game against Bayern Munich draws inexorably closer and there’s a growing worry that we’ll be extremely short in the left back position against one of the best teams in Europe. There are really only two options for the left back position against Munich – Sagna and Vermaelen. Fortunately, Santos won’t be an option after securing a loan move to Gremio today.

Andre Santos excited to be away from Arsenal

The Brazilian defender Andre Santos has had a turbulent time since arriving from Turkey, and certainly didn’t endear himself to the Arsenal fans either by his performances or by his infamous shirt-swapping episode with Robin Van Persie, so it seems he is more than pleased to have wheedled a return to his homeland with Gremio.

“I have the best expectations,” Santos said to the Brazilian press. “Gremio are one of the biggest clubs in the country. “I’ve come to Gremio to be a champion. I am very excited about this project. I have dreamed of working with Vanderlei Luxemburgo. He is a top manager in our football.”

Arsenal finally get rid of Andre Santos

Arsene Wenger has often made spectacular errors when buying defenders for Arsenal, and although Sebastien Squillaci is still impossible to sell or loan out, it seems that Andre Santos still has some respect in his homeland and Brazil’s Gremio believe that he could be a useful addition to their squad.

Naturally no-one ever wants to buy any players that Arsenal want to sell, so yet again it seems that Santos will be loaned out until the end of his contract or perhaps we will have to pay Gremio to take him on permanently at the end of the season.