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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Arsenal looking to clear out make-weight players before buying in talent

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is set to clear out his fringe players, which are currently costing the club £23m a year in wages, to fund a summer spending spree.

Among those set to go are Andrey Arshavin, Marouane Chamakh and Nicklas Bendtner. Andrey Arshavin, who earns £75,000 per week, Marouane Chamakh, who gets £60,000 per week, and Sebastien Squillaci, Nicklas Bendtner, Denilson and Carlos Vela, who are paid £50,000 per week, can all leave

Manager Arsene Wenger wants to add at least two big-name signings to his squad and reward a clutch of players - chiefly Robin van Persie - with improved contracts.

Lille forward Eden Hazard, Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila and Borussia Dortmund starlet Mario Gotze - who extended his contract to 2016 yesterday - are all targets. Chelsea forward Daniel Sturridge and Blackburn midfielder Steven Nzonzi have also been mentioned by Wenger.

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