By John Cross
Arsene Wenger will make a push for a giant clear out before pressing ahead with more summer signings.
Arsenal transfer fixer Dick Law is trying to offload Nicklas Bendtner, Denilson, Lukasz Fabianski and Carlos Vela as a priority in the next two weeks.
Bendtner has returned from a loan spell at Sunderland but they do not want to buy him and his most likely destination is Germany.
Fabianski is keen to move on to get regular games while Vela is wanted by Real Sociedad and Espanyol. Denilson is preparing to come back from a loan spell at Sao Paolo and is determined not to be forced into a pay cut from his £50,000-a-week contract.
That is the biggest obstacle facing Arsenal’s clear out although Manuel Almunia – who is on West Ham’s radar – is out of contract and Andrey Arshavin is likely to make his loan move to Zenit St Petersburg permanent.
Arsenal may also listen to offers for Johan Djourou as they look for a new centre half. The club are hoping to get rid of Sebastien Squillaci even though Spurs appear to have jumped ahead in the race to sign Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen.
Blackburn’s Junior Hoilett, free agent Salomon Kalou, Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila and Blackburn’s Steven N’Zonzi are all on the radar but Wenger has already insisted they will not spend too much in the market.
Crewe midfield prodigy Nick Powell, 18, is also on Arsenal’s hit-list – they face competition from Chelsea – but any of the bigger deals are only likely to be sanctioned after first signs of progress are made on the clear out.