Will players leaving form an orderly queue at Gunners exit
Arsene Wenger advised after the FA Cup Final that Arsenal were unlikely to do any transfer business until after the end of the World Cup. He clearly meant on players joining the Gunners, as players are going through the exit door quicker than you can say goodbye.
News has emerged in the last few days that Thomas Vermaelen, Santi Cazorla, Nacho Monreal and Lukas Podolski may join the exodus, which has already seen Lukasz Fabianski join Swansea and Bacary Sagna join Manchester City.
The Gunners have also declined to take up the buy-back option on former skipper Cesc Fabregas, who has joined Chelsea from Barcelona. Whilst there is confusion on whether Arsenal want to activate the buy-back clause on Carlos Vela from Real Sociedad or not.
It was widely expected that Skipper Thomas Vermaelen would leave Arsenal this summer. He has lost his place in defence to Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker, and towards the end of the season was linked with a move to Napoli. It is now being reported that he has agreed a deal to join Manchester United, with a fee to be agreed between the two clubs. If this move takes place he would be the second Arsenal Captain to join Manchester United in three seasons.
Santi Cazorla and Nacho Monreal are both being linked with a return to Spain with Athletic Madrid. The Spanish Champions and Champions League runners-up are likely to lose a number of their prized assets in the summer transfer window.
Lukas Podolski is reported to be a target for clubs in Germany. Whilst he regained his place in the starting eleven towards he end of the season, and started in the FA Cup Final, doubts remain over whether Arsene Wenger sees him as part of his long-term plans.
The only confirmed arrival for the Gunners so far is Joel Campbell, who is currently starring for Costa Rica at the World Cup. Arsene Wenger has said that Campbell, who spent last season on loan at Olympiakos, will join the Gunners for pre-season training.
Arsenal are reported to have a budget of around £100million to spend this summer. Arsene Wenger’s cautious approach in the transfer market continues to draw criticism from many Gunners fans. With so many potential departures the overhaul and strengthening of the squad required is now shaping up to be a major task.
Arsenal are being linked with numerous players by the media, but there are no signs of any imminent arrivals.
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