Arsenal are having a mini-cull of sorts at the club this summer with Arsene Wenger keen to trim down what has become a bloated and out-of-sorts first-team squad.
The likes of Andrei Arshavin, Sebastian Squillaci and Johan Djourou have all been despatched in some shape or form already this summer while it is widely reported several other players are set to join them.
But it is not going to be easy flogging all of them; in particular two of their strikers.
Nicklas Bendtner and Maraoune Chamakh are both no longer wanted at The Emirates.
Both have also seen plenty of teams linked with signing them this summer.
Chamakh for instance is reportedly wanted by both Real Betis and Bordeaux. However the Betis rumour seems a lazy assumption based on Arsenal’s link with the club while Bordeaux will struggle to pay his wages.
He was then linked with Levante…but that came just days after a clever trick by an Arsenal blogger in which he completely fabricated the idea of Levante being interested just to see if the nationals would pick it up.
A few days later and what do you know … they had.
Bendtner has gone much further into negotiations with other clubs. He sat and spoke with the hierarchy at Eintracht Frankfurt last week before the plug was pulled on that deal due to his wages.
He has also been linked with Malaga and Hull City but his salary continues to be a source of bother for interested parties.
The fact is the two have not exactly been in great form. While Chamakh has scored quite recently, grabbing goals in the 7-5 match against Reading doesn’t count; that game was a free-for-all.
But in terms of league football the Moroccan has somehow not managed to notch a single goal since he scored in the 4-3 defeat at Blackburn Rovers in September 2011.
Bendtner does not fare much better. It is over a year now since he scored in a league game; netting for Sunderland in April 2012.
Some would argue that these stats are not fair. In a way they would have a point. The pair have barely had a chance to score goals seeing as they spent much of the past year on the bench.
However, whether because of injury, form, fitness or just plain ability, for a striker to go an entire calendar year without scoring, unless injured for that entire period, makes them a sub-par transfer target.
Meaning Arsenal might have some trouble convincing someone to take these misfits off their hands.
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