Almunia, Denilson & Rosicky ‘free to leave’ Arsenal
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has told Gunners trio Manuel Almunia, Denilson and Tomas Rosicky that they are all free to leave the club this summer, with the Frenchman on the verge of making crucial playing staff changes ahead of next season.
Following discussions with new owner Stan Kroenke and chief executive Ivan Gazidis, Wenger is making preparations for the summer transfer window – aiming to add experience to help his underacheiving youngsters fulfil their potential with silverware.
Those surplus to requirements will be given the opportunity to leave, with the trio of Almunia, Denilson and Rosicky all expected to be the targets of various European clubs.
“There will be some movement of players who have played less, who need to play and as well of course we will try to strengthen our squad again but we want to keep the basis and style of play we have”, Wenger told reporters on Friday.
Almunia, 33, is now behind Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski in the goalkeeping pecking order after a series of mistakes and injuries during the beginning of the season.
Meanwhile, Brazilian midfielder Denilson revealed last week that he wants to leave the Emirates Stadium, having failed to secure a regular place, or a trophy, since his 2006 arrival.
Tomas Rosicky’s inconsistent form has also forced him out the exit door, with a host of midfielders including Henri Lansbury and Jay-Emmanuel Thomas returning in pre-season hoping to break into the squad.
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