Arsenal - The club that kicks 23 players out the exit door and signs just one

Yaya Sanogo remains the only new Gunner this summer. Meanwhile the exit door hasn't stopped revolving,

We keep hearing that Arsenal are not busy enough this summer - but that is frankly a falsity.

The North London club may have toiled in their pursuit of Gonzalo Higuain and Luis Suarez but when it comes to kicking players out of the exit door - not many teams come close.

Three have left on loan, one has been sold for a fee and the other 19 - have been allowed to walk away from the club.

It is by far one of the biggest culls I can remember in recent Premier League history and the most alarming thing about it is - none of the players gone will be missed - which makes you wonder what The Gunners have been snapping up recently?

The fact they have only taken a fee for Vito Mannone also makes you realise the market value of some of these players.

Teams would not pay for Andre Santos, teams would not pay for Andrei Arshavin and no teams seem to want to pay for Nicklas Bendtner, Maraoune Chamakh and Park Chu-Young.

In some respect the idea of Arsenal signing just one player this summer is very true - and very false.

The fact is the club have only signed one first-teamer this summer - in the form of AJ Auxerre striker Yaya Sanogo on a Bosman ruling.

But players such as Jose Plezeguelo have joined the youth ranks - while others have been promoted on scholarships.

But while the likes of Martin Angha, Jernade Meade, Elton Monteiro, Sead Hajrovic and Kyle Ebecilio leaving is irritating for the club - however they simply did not want them.

When it has come to getting players out of The Emirates the club has been ruthless - cutting and chopping away like Sweeney Todd at the overgrown barnet that is the Arsenal squad.

But while they have enjoyed stripping through split ends, the club has failed to be as ruthless at applying extensions and a little styling to the current crop.

Arsenal have been nowhere near as hardnosed in their approach work - fiddling around with transfer fees for Luis Suarez and Gonzalo Higuain.

If they could just have a little more of that driven mentality toward actually bringing players into the club - then the Gunners might have made a big signing by now.

Time to stop being amicable and start being ruthless?

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