The integral members of the Arsenal squad are nearing the completion of their respective contracts, prompting suggestions from the usual quarters that the North London outfit will be more than ready to cash in on the pair to avoid a repeat of the Flamini scenario.
Unlike the diminutive Russian playmaker, who is officially the club's record buy, the highly controversial Ivorian's move to Turkey is highly anticipated. The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, is in a race against time to address the departmental needs of his soon to be depleted squad. And it is common sense that the French tactician will in the course of time do away with the growing number of controversial figures still under his payroll, who allegedly take delight in sowing seeds of contempt within the club's dressing room.
Recently Arshavin spoke of his decision to stay put, but it is becoming increasingly clear that the management might consider him surplus to requirement, despite his impressive contributions to the team last season - in terms of goals (6) and an impressive assist rate (11) to match his tally.