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Wenger Preparing To Clear Squad Space

Wenger Preparing To Clear Squad Space

Despite the purpose of Arsene Wenger`s Thursday press conference being to preview the F.A. Cup clash with Swansea this weekend, inevitably almost every question he was asked revolved around the January transfer window.

Whilst speculation over potential targets is rife, it looks as though the club are preparing to clear the decks. The Arsenal manager confirmed speculation that Johan Djourou is close to a move, whilst Sebastien Squillaci and Andrey Arshavin are also free to leave.

'Squillaci, if he finds a club, he will certainly go,' said Wenger. 'Djourou might go somewhere as well, that will be decided in the next 48 to 72 hours.' Whilst he said there was "No news" on the prospect of Arshavin`s transfer, but he had said last week that, "if he finds a solution that is satisfying for him and for us we will consider it.'

Typically though, the Gunners boss was insistent that his focus was primarily on the players that will travel to Wales this weekend, "In our job it is important that you focus on what is really important, the players who can help the club to win the games,' he said.

'Those players who are somewhere on the transfer market will not help you to win the games. For us it is important to focus on our next game and our next game can only be won by the players who are here.'

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Tim Stillman
Date:Thursday January 3 2013
Time: 2:37PM


How do we stand on our quota numbers? Is it essential we move some players on before buying or do we have space?
03/01/2013 15:05:00
Rocky, we are currently 17 internationals.. Selling JD and keeping Squillaci and Arshavin does not make sense.. coz JD is homegrown.
03/01/2013 16:09:00
Missing out on relatively cheaper players like Ba, KJH and Llorente can only mean one thing. Theres a super super super quality multi million dollar signing on his way to the Emirates.. Or , Park Ju Young, could be recalled from an early loan spell.
03/01/2013 16:09:00
Good point on JD. It does make sense to sell them both. 1) SS is sh**, we don;t want him anywhere near the team. 2)JD has had his shot at Arsenal, he had a lot of promise but it didn't quite work out for him. 4th choice defender should be reserved for that of a young player. I'm not going to get in another argument about Ba, it's ridiculous to even question Wenger for not signing him when Chelsea are involved, it is a battle we will not win unless the player has a distinct hatred for Chelsea. We've got better things to do with our time than chase pipe dreams.
03/01/2013 17:17:00
Err, Ba is only about meeting his exit clause.. Its not like theres a bidding war on him. And he is on 70k or 80k at Chavs [ depending on which source you believe]
03/01/2013 17:23:00
Ba is available for a set fee, so it's a bidding war to see who will pay him most. Similar to when we were trying to sign Juan Mata, and Chelsea threw bigger wages at him. He's also got the weakest knees in all of Christendom, hasn't he?
03/01/2013 17:32:00
Bollox about Mata! He agreed for personal terms with Arsenal. It just that we didnt show the money early enough and then Chavs got him for a slightly higher transfer fee.
03/01/2013 17:50:00
we dragged our feet with Mata too much, too many people are too quick to absolve Arsenal of any blame whatsoever. Ba = glad we didn't sign him
03/01/2013 18:27:00
If Big Sam really buys Chamakh, I promise I wont abuse him [Sam] the next time we play the Hammers.
03/01/2013 19:08:00
SW - Just as people are quick to absolve Arsenal of any blame they're also to quick to assign it. How does anyone know that Arsenal didn't make any enquiries about a certain player only to be told that the player has no interest in signing for us. It's something people seem to forget when talking about transfers, it's not just about transfer fees and wages, it's about the player actually wanting to join the club. We have no say over that whatsoever.
03/01/2013 19:17:00
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