Having three players within your squad who you are extremely eager to shift is rather worrying. However, the truly disturbing fact is that the four separate players I named at the beginning of last year’s summer transfer window, are yet to leave the club.[quote_right]”We must look to offload at least some of the exceedingly large amount of deadwood within our ranks…”[/quote_right]
As Arsenal look to revive their transfer policy of old, players like Gonzalo Higauin, Wayne Rooney and Marouane Fellaini are all being heavily linked with moves to the Emirates. However, in order to pay the hefty wages of such superstars, we must look to offload at least some of the exceedingly large amount of deadwood within our ranks.
Naturally, many fans will be reluctant to let go of particular names, arguing that their potential will eventually win through. Although in some cases they may be right, I feel the following players have sealed their fate at Arsenal. For the good of the club as a whole, we must encourage that these players are shown the door. Not the loan door, but the exit door.
[title]1. Andre Santos[/title]
Despite the charming personality of Andre Santos, the vast majority of fans are now aware that his Arsenal career will never reach the heights that we all once hoped for. The Brazilian combined extremely poor form with even worse decision-making off the field of play, to eventually pass the point of no return.[quote_left]”Santos put the nail in his own coffin by swapping shirts at half-time with none other than the villain himself, Robin Van Persie.”[/quote_left]
Arriving in London from Fenerbahce in 2011, the zesty Brazilian looked like an unorthodox Arsenal full-back. Unlike most of our wide players, Santos lacked athleticism and speed across short distances, making him a sitting duck for a number of tricky Premier League wingers. Although he enjoyed a short spell of success after his arrival, scoring an important goal in Arsenal’s 5-3 win against Chelsea, is was pretty much down hill from there.
The 2012/13 campaign marked the downfall of Santos. After making an array of errors throughout his 12 appearances before Christmas, Santos put the nail in his own coffin by swapping shirts at the half-time whistle with none other than the villain himself, Robin Van Persie, whilst Arsenal visited Old Trafford. His resulting loan to Gremio in the Winter transfer window can only be followed by a permanent move away. At least, we hope so.
The video below has been provided for those of you who wish to re-live the painfully idiotic shirt-swapping saga:
Since his arrival in 2011, the pacey Ivorian has certainly had his moments of glory, yet they have been overshadowed by his moments of shame and awkwardness. Gervinho is the type of player who can excite fans with his dangerous technique whilst running at defenders, only to restore their lack of faith in his ability once an actual decision has to be made. [quote_right]”Poor passing, worse finishing, and a ridiculously weird haircut, now might just be the time to move Gervinho out of the club.”[/quote_right]
His dribbling skills make him a half-decent player to bring off your bench, but his sheer lack of intelligence and surprisingly poor finishing renders him almost useless. Some may find my language harsh, but after 63 appearances for the club, often starting as a striker, Gervinho has netted just 11 times.
Like many players, the first year of Gervinho’s average performances were written off as an adjustment period. But his recent lack of impact in the 2012/13 season as both a starting and impact player have led to the patience of most fans to run out.
After his combination of poor passing, worse finishing, and a ridiculously weird haircut, now might just be the time to move Gervinho out of the club, whilst we still can.
For those of you who think Gervinho may deserve more time, I implore you to study his finishing ability, or lack thereof:
[title]3. Johan Djourou[/title]
Unlike the other players on this list, Djourou was not an Arsene Wenger purchase gone wrong. Johan has been with the club since his youth, joining the professional ranks in 2004. His long-standing presence at the club, is one of the reasons why he needs to be moved along.[quote_right]”[Djourou’s] recent loan spell to the German side Hannover 96, has pretty much cemented his position amongst the bag packers.[/quote_right]
Despite remaining at the club as a professional for almost ten years, Johan Djourou has never made a serious case for his ability. In fact, his rather average performances have been peppered with poor decisions, rash tackles and some pretty awful positioning.
After making 144 appearances for the club, and scoring just once, it’s quite clear to a large section of the Arsenal faithful, that Djourou’s time might just be up. Although there was little wrong with keeping Djourou in reserve, it seems that his recent loan spell at the German side Hannover 96, has pretty much cemented his position amongst the bag packers.
Whilst it is unfair to paint Djourou in a comically bad light, it must be said that he has had his fair share of mistakes. Here’s one which resulted in a loss to Fulham:
[title]Going, Going, Loaned[/title]
Thanks to the fact that these players are on absurd amounts of money in relation to their quality, moving them on has proven extremely difficult. There is only one thing worse than selling poor quality players, and that is selling poor quality players who expect high quality wages. Unlike Arsenal, most clubs will refuse such an unappealing deal.
Loaning these players out will not help, as proven with Johan Djourou, Marouance Chamakh, Nicklas Bendtner, and so on. The club still pay for their bloated wages, and their poor performances at other clubs only drive down their value even further.
Recently however, Arsenal took the bold step of terminating the contract of the almost-forgotten Denilson. Such a move might just be the beginning of a new, more ruthless approach to our worryingly large amount of useless players. For now, we can only hope.
Do you agree with my selections? Which Arsenal players would you get rid of this Summer?
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