Arsenal plan to offload Arshavin, Chamakh and more in January

Arsene Wenger is planning a January transfer window clearout and has some big names on his list of players leaving the club, according to The Daily Mail.

The two main names on Wenger’s list are forwards Andrei Arshavin and Maraoune Chamakh. Russia captain Arshavin has looked a shadow of the player signed following an impressive Euro 2008 and has drawn criticism for his performances. The 30 year old is a target for a whole host of European clubs and could be open to a move away from North London. Chamakh has been touted for a switch back to France with Paris Saint Germain.

Sebastian Squillaci, Manuel Almunia and Vito Mannone are also rumoured to be leaving. Squillaci has been unable to hold down a first team place at the Emirates Stadium and when he has played, the French defender’s performances have left little to be desired. Goalkeepers Almunia and Mannone should be able to leave the club once Polish standby Lukasz Fabianski returns from injury. Almunia has spent time on loan at West Ham already this season and Mannone should leave after a blunderous Gunners career, the latest of which saw him give away the second goal for Olympiakos in the Champions League.

The Gunners boss will also listen to offers for Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky, but is wary of leaving himself short in midfield. Jack Wilshere returns from injury in the New Year and the Gunners could look to bring in midfield support in the likes of Sao Paulo midfielder Lucas. Wenger may also keep Emmanuel Frimpong after rumour suggested that the 19 year old will make a switch to Wolves on loan.

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