Giroud deal prompts Wenger into Arsenal clear out

Arsene Wenger is set to clear the decks at Arsenal after forking out £13 million for Oliver Giroud with the aim of slashing the clubs wage bill the Daily Mail reports.

The Gunners boss took his summer spending to £24m after completing the purchase of Giroud from French champions Montpellier and now wants to shift unwanted players to make room for more signings.

Andrey Arshavin, Nicklas Bendtner, Marouane Chamakh, Park Chu-young and Johan Djourou are deemed surplus to requirements by Wenger as he plans to freshen up his squad ahead of the new season which kicks off on 18 August.

He will also look to resurrect Denilson’s move to Brazilian club Sao Paulo after it collapsed last week along with deals to take Carlos Vela to Real Sociedad and Sebastien Squillaci to Bastia.

The 25-year-old French international follows Lukas Podolski to North London following his move from German side Cologne and spoke of his delight at finally joining the club.

Speaking to Arsenal Player:  he said: “There is a good spirit here, and that is another reason why I chose this club. I am confident in the potential of the group and I am convinced that in the future, hopefully next season, we can win something.

“It is difficult in England because there are so many big teams, but that is what gives it its charm, what makes it beautiful. It is the hardest league and it won’t be easy to impose myself, but I am confident.”

“I have the weapons to do well here. I will need some time to adapt of course, but I am not worried about that. I think I will adapt well.

“I am a player who likes to play, who likes to participate in the game. That is why I think the way Arsenal play will suit me. I like scoring goals and Arsenal create a lot of chances, so if I do well, then we will do well.

“Of course, there are big strikers here, it is a big club and there will be a lot of competition for places, but it is up to me to win my place.”