Arsene Wenger has revealed that both Gervinho and Marouane Chamakh are on the verge of leaving Arsenal, but says the club are ‘nowhere’ when it comes to finding a new home for Nicklas Bendtner.
Speaking after the 2-2 Emirates Cup draw with Napoli, the manager was pressed on his transfer plans (which we’ll come to to), but also asked about possible departures.
It’s an area in which Arsenal have been efficient this summer and it looks as if two more misfits (of varying degrees) will join the likes of Djourou, Denilson, Santos and Mannone out the door.
“Gervinho we are at the moment close to an agreement with a club where he should go,” said Wenger. “Chamakh might go somewhere, it will be decided in the next 48 hours. Both are permanent moves.”
But those hoping to see the back of The Greatest Striker That Ever Lived won’t be too happy to hear this update.
“Bendtner we are nowhere. At the moment he is completely here.”
When you consider that at the start of the summer, the Dane was confidently predicting his imminent departure, it doesn’t augur well.
As expected, the Arsenal boss was also asked about Luis Suarez, saying, “I never said we have made a bid to Liverpool, now I can tell you we have made one, so at least that is some information. All the rest, I would like to keep to us. If we progress in that situation, we will inform you. At the moment, that is where we are.
“I wouldn’t like to talk openly about negotiations because that is not my target in the press conference. I can just repeat what I said yesterday: until the 31st, which is one month in front of us, we will work very hard to strengthen our squad without naming any specific names because I don’t believe that will make negotiations easier.
“After that you can make all kinds of thinking about the prices of the players. When you want to buy any player you need the agreement of the club and the agreement of the player and you need to agree a price.
“So you need three agreements. It is like you go to your neighbour and say: ‘I want to buy your house, so get out tomorrow morning.’ He will not be necessarily happy about it.”