Bendtner and Park among first team players to be released
Arsenal will not be renewing the contracts of Nicklas Bendtner and Park Chu-Young when their respective deals come to an end next month.
Bendtner, 25, was integrated into the Arsenal squad last season following two campaigns away on loan, with an ill-fated spell with Italian champions Juventus failing to improve his reputation as an under-performing forward.
Several potential moves had previously fallen through in recent season’s with Hamburg and more recently Premier League side Crystal Palace unable to persuade the Danish international to take a wage cut.
South Korea forward Park joined Arsenal from French team Monaco in August 2011, but has only made a handful of appearances since – and just one six-minute run-out as a substitute in the Premier League.
Gunners executives went as far as writing off £5.5million in their accounts to cover the wages of the 28-year-old who was shipped out of the club on loan to Spanish side Celta Vigo and Championship giants Watford.
The north Londoner’s won’t be renewing the contract’s of highly-rated youngsters Chuks Aneke or Zak Ansah, while German defender Leander Siemann – who was signed for £220,000 in 2011 – has also been told to find a new club.
Full list of released Arsenal players:
Chuks Aneke (20-years-old – midfielder)
Zak Ansah (19-years-old – forward)
Nicklas Bendtner (26-years-old – forward)
Zach Fagan (19-year-old – centre-back)
Park Chu-Young (28-year-old – forward)
Leander Siemann (18-year-old – centre-back)