Arsenal have finally got rid of some of the dead wood in their squad after Andrei Arshavin, Denilson and Sebastien Squillaci all left the club this week after their contracts expired.
The trio commanded a staggering £10m a year in wages between them, so that money is now free for the club to use in new contracts for any signings this summer.
According to a report in the Telegraph, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will be hoping he can also get rid of Niklas Bendtner, Johan Djourou and Marouane Chamakh but as those three are still under contract, Arsenal will struggle to find a club willing to match their wages.
The fans demand improvement
After narrowly beating Tottenham to fourth place in the Premiership for the past two seasons, Arsenal’s fans are demanding serious investment in the playing staff to put the team into a position where they can compete for the top trophies.
The feeling is that this is a make or break summer for Arsene Wenger who has not won a trophy for Arsenal for the past eight years. The fans have become increasingly frustrated after seeing their side drop further and further away from the top sides in recent seasons and there is a split of opinion of whether or not Wenger is still the man to lead the club.
Had Arsenal failed to finish in the top four, then the Arsenal board may have bowed to the fan pressure and dismissed the Frenchman.
Club ready to invest in the team again
However, there is a real feeling of optimism at the Emirates now with the club willing to increase their spending on transfer fees and wages this year. The payments on their new Emirates stadium have restricted them in the transfer market until now, but the club are now in a position to invest heavily in the team again.
This will be music to the ears of Arsenal’s fans, but as yet there have been no new arrivals. Wenger will have to move fast to land the best players available. Former Man City boss Roberto Mancini blamed his board last season for stalling on securing his top transfer targets Robin van Persie and Eden Hazard, and blames that failure for the team’s subsequent failure in the Premier League.
Arsenal need to secure targets early
Arsenal can’t afford to make the same mistake. Man City already appear to have a deal for Brazilian Fernandinho done, while Rademel Falcao will snub a host of top sides in Europe join French moneybags Monaco.
Wenger showed no interest in signing these two players but the fact that they have already agreed deals with new clubs shows that the best players get snapped up early. Wenger needs to ensure he is not left in the same position he was a couple of seasons ago, when he was panicked into buying several players on the final day of the summer transfer window.