Arsene Wenger faces some difficult decisions at Arsenal this summer
Sharethematch.com takes a look at the headache Arsene Wenger faces in whittling his squad down to just 25 players
Time for Wenger to move on Arsenal deadwood
With a maximum squad size of just 25 players at every Premier League club next season, Arsene Wenger has got some tough decisions to make.
Wenger has already brought in Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud at Arsenal and also has a host of players returning from season-long loan deals.
Nicklas Bendtner will return from Sunderland, Henri Lansbury from West Ham, Ryo Miyaichi from Bolton, Joel Campbell from Lorient, Andrey Arshavin from Zenit St Petersburg, Denilson from Sao Paulo and Carlos Vela from Real Sociedad.
Wenger is already looking to offload the likes of Sebastian Squillaci and Marouane Chamakh, and seemingly has seven or eight other unwanted players returning from loan deals.
The Arsenal boss can only name 25 men in his first-team squad next season and so a predicament suddenly materialises.
Do you farm the players back out on loan and ensure they retain their transfer value because they are playing regularly? Do you bring them back and name them in the first-team squad at the expense of signing new acquisitions? Or do you banish them to the reserves and not hand them a squad number for next season?
Wenger will be keen to make some money from players he has nurtured through the youth ranks, such as Bendtner and Denilson – but the Arsenal boss would be willing to compromise over their transfer fees and use the money to reinforce his squad.
Manchester City are currently suffering from the same problem – they look likely to be forced to let Emmanuel Adebayor leave for practically nothing this summer.
They will need to free up some squad space and quick, and that will mean practically handing players free transfers to get them off their books.
Wenger needs to be realistic – he has slapped a huge price tag on Bendtner of approximately £8-10m – but if he was poor at Arsenal and again at Sunderland, surely £2-3m would be better than nothing?
Pogba’s behaviour is not a surprise
The news of Manchester United’s Paul Pogba joining Juventus – the fifth club for the 19-year-old in his short club so far, should hardly be surprising.
Mathias Pogba, Paul’s older brother, has vanished this summer, leaving Wrexham player-manager Andy Morrell perplexed.
The 21-year-old was out of contract this summer but the Blue Square Bet Premiership club offered him a new two-year contract.
“I’m just disappointed with the way he’s acted, he hasn’t kept contact and telling me what his thoughts are,” Morrell said.
In truth, Sir Alex Ferguson was always facing an uphill battle to retain his teenager. The midfielder’s agent Mino Raiola has excellent relations with Juventus, having represented club director Pavel Nedved when he was a player for them.
“If they carry on that way, they’re probably better off doing it away from us,” said Ferguson.
The Frenchman owed United more loyalty – even Cristiano Ronaldo stuck with United for a few season before he joined long-term suitors Madrid.