Arsene Wenger says that he expects a number of departures this week as the club return to London after their Asia tour.
With the futures of Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott still to be decided, some of the fringe players in the squad are due to find themselves new clubs and the names will not be a surprise to anyone.
“Bendtner, Squillaci and Park will be on their way to go somewhere,” he said. The Danish striker caught the eye with his goals and underpants at Euro 2012 and has been linked with clubs like Celta Vigo, Galatasaray and AC Milan.
Squillaci had been talking to newly promoted French side Bastia but a move was ruled out because of financial issues. Having signed from Sevilla there have been one or two stories suggesting a return to La Liga might be a possibility and the finances on offer might well accommodate a deal.
As for Park, who the hell knows? It will certainly go down as one of Arsene Wenger’s strangest transfer deals – if indeed it was one of his deals – and the South Korean’s stock could hardly be lower. He ruled out a move to Emirates side Al Ain last week so where he ends up is anybody’s guess.
Meanwhile, Wenger hinted Andrei Arshavin may remain at the club in spite of strong interest from Zenit to take him ‘home’. Mrs Arshavin is pregnant with their third child and is reportedly keen to stay in London. A loan move to Fulham has been mooted but Wenger said, “Arshavin, it depends. We have to sit together and talks. He could still have a future at the club.”