Arsenal have announced that Andrey Arshavin, Denilson and Sebastien Squillaci will be leaving the club at the end of this month.
The contracts for each of the three players are set to expire on June 30, and the club has announced that they don’t plan on extending the agreements with the footballers.
Arsenal signed Arshavin for £14.5 million in 2009 after a successful Euro 2008 tournament for the Russian player who almost helped his country reach the final. Arshavin made 144 appearances for Arsenal, scoring 31 goals during his five seasons at the club. There are rumors that the Russian attacking midfielder may consider retiring from the game.
Sebastien Squillaci was signed for £5.7 million from Sevilla in 2010, but his tendencies for defensive mistakes ensured that the number of appearances he made in the last two season were very limited.
Denilson was signed by Arsenal for £4.4 million in 2006, but spent the last two seasons on loan in Brazil. The 25-year-old defensive midfielder made 153 appearances for Arsenal.
The departures of Arshavin, Denilson and Squillaci are necessary moves by the club since they were no longer first-team footballers nor on the fringes of playing. However in the case of Arshavin, the question has to be asked why the footballer wasn’t sold sooner so the club could have tried to recoup some of the £14.5 million transfer fee instead of letting him go.
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