Arsenal transfers: Five players who could leave the Gunners this summer
Arsenal transfers: The Sport Review takes a look at five players who could be set to leave the Emirates Stadium this summer
The Brazilian has already made public his despair at being made to return to Arsenal following the end of his five-month loan spell with Gremio last season. “I wanted to stay,” he said. “Gremio were fair regarding everything. I felt well there and I wanted to win a title before leaving.” Santos was sent out to the Brazilian club in February after a disappointing start to the campaign in north London. The 30-year-old is not likely to remain with the Gunners beyond the summer, although Gremio recently admitted that they would struggle to afford a permanent deal for the defender.
The 29-year-old Morocco international recently admitted that he is expecting to leave Arsenal this summer and believes there is a chance he could return to former side Bordeaux. The striker has failed to make a significant impact at The Emirates since his arrival on a free transfer in 2010 and was shipped out to West Ham United on loan for the second half of last season. West Ham are not thought to be interested in making his move permanent after he only made three league appearances last term.
After spending last season on loan to Juventus, where he made only two starts and nine appearances in total, the 25-year-old Denmark striker edged himself closer to an Arsenal exit by claiming that the Gunners have accepted bids from five clubs for his services. Borussia Monchengladbach are thought to be among the sides keen to snap up the forward on a permanent deal after he failed to establish himself as a regular under Arsene Wenger. Bendtner is understood to have turned down a move to Hamburg in August 2011.
The France international was somewhat of an unsung hero of Arsenal’s campaign last term, as his solid defensive partnership with Per Mertesacker helped the Gunners string together an impressive end-of-season run and finish in the top four. The 27-year-old’s future has recently become a source of speculation after his agent claimed that both Bayern Munich and Barcelona are interested in signing the defender. Koscielny has however recently indicated that he would be willing to stay at Arsenal if feels they can challenge for trophies next season.
The 30-year-old is another defender who could be set for an Arsenal exit this summer. Sagna has openly admitted that he was flattered by reports linking him with a transfer to cash-rich Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco are also thought to be keen on signing the France international. However, Sagna recently told L’Equipe that he is in talks with the Gunners over the possibility of extending his current contract, which expires next summer. Sagna was a regular in Arsenal’s Premier League campaign last term, making 25 starts for Wenger’s men. The Gunners do have cover in the right-back position in the form of the 21-year-old Carl Jenkinson, who impressed when given a chance last term.