Thursday, 6 June 2013

Trio to leave -Wenger targets £5m German defender -Benteke's £25m+ price tag

Morning Gooners.

Well the least unsurprising news of the transfer window from Arsenal was released yesterday. Andrey Arshavin, Sebastian Squillaci and Denilson are to leave the club at the end of the month. The first two haven't  had their contracts renewed, while the Brazilian has come to an agreement with the club to cancel his deal before its final season.

Their departure from north London frees £10m from the wage bill next season and will allow the manager to redistribute that cash to players he believes have futures at the club. The released trio haven't contributed heavily in the last two seasons, so it is best for all concerned that they move elsewhere to get playing time.

There are of course other players who have been limited in their involvement last season and if they aren't to be given an opportunity next season, it is important the club moves them on as well. We know the players I'm talking about - it feels pointless to list them.

The only issue with moving them on is their contracts with Arsenal. They are all on good money and clubs who might be prepared to take them aren't prepared to match their present money. That is where we end up with a problem. But hopefully the manager and his transfer fixers can resolve the issue. The club cannot keep spending its money on players who do not play for the club. They need to be moved on.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror have linked us with a move for Freiburg's Matthias Ginter.

The 19-year-old made 23 appearances in the Bundesliga last season, predominately playing as a central defender in 15 games, scoring one goal, according to

The 6ft 1in German also started in a defensive midfield position as well.

And finally, The Sun are reporting it would take a bid of £25m plus to get Christian Benteke from Aston Villa this summer.

The newspaper have been told:
"It is going to take very silly money for Villa to part with Benteke. 
"Clubs who are interested know they will have to break the bank to sign Christian."

Having scored 19 league goals in his debut season, I'd be very surprised if we were not seriously considering a move for the 22-year-old Belgian international striker. I'd be very happy to see him at Arsenal next season.

That's it for today. Back with more tomorrow.

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