It seems as though Wenger is having a January clearout, getting rid of all the deadwood that is currently at the club. However that is proving difficult due to the high wages that these 'fringe' players are on. Marouane Chamakh has gone out on loan to West Ham until the end of the season whilst Djourou has been shipped out to German side Hannover for the same period. The penny seems to have finally dropped with Wenger in terms of selling players that aren't needed. He's also looking to find a new club for Sebastian Squillaci who is rumoured to be of interest to many french clubs. Squillaci himself has said that he is looking for a new club, whether it is this month or in the summer when his contract ends remains to be seen.
Another man that could be on his way out of the club is Andrey Arshavin. The Russian has been a bit hit and miss of late, but in my opinion defintely adds more to the squad than Gervinho who has just departed to the African Cup of Nations. Arshavin is being chased by quite a few clubs. One of which is Reading. The relegation threatened side, who have a Russian owner was looking to Arshavin to guide them to safety after a brilliant display against them in the League cup earlier this season. However according to reports, he isn't keen on a move to Reading due to the low wages that they would pay him. Another club after him are dutch giants PSV who are wanting to take him on loan. There have also been quiet rumours that he could be apart of a move which sees defensive midfielder Kevin Strootman move in the opposite direction. A fair deal in my opinion. Strootman is man that we've apparently sent scouts to watch a few times and they rate him highly. Could a move be on the cards? Arshavin's Arsenal contract ends in the summer meaning he could go for free, a bargain for any club looking for creativity. It would be a shame to see him go after all he gave to the club in his early Arsenal career but I think his time is up.
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