Arsenal Transfer Rumours: Gunners Should Offload Nicklas Bendtner and Gervinho

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistMay 26, 2013

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - APRIL 06:  Gervinho of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal at The Hawthorns on April 6, 2013 in West Bromwich, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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Arsenal supporters may be celebrating the joys of Christmas a few months early.

The Daily Mail's Simon Jones reported the Gunners may be able to find takers for both Nicklas Bendtner and Gervinho this summer. Besiktas was linked with Bendtner and Fenerbahce with Gervinho. After Galatasray signed Wesley Sneijder and Didier Drogba, the bar has been raised in Turkey.

Galatasaray is seven points ahead of Fenerbahce in the Turkish Super Lig table, leaving its rivals to play catchup.

Jamie Sanderson of Metro reported Lyon could engineer a return for Gervinho back to Ligue 1, where he was so successful with Lille.

Supporters won't care too much where they end up. They'd likely happily drive Bendtner and Gervinho both to their new destinations. Arsene Wenger could go without buying a single player, and the fans would probably consider the summer a success should Gervinho and Bendtner leave.

The Danish striker has spent the last two seasons out on loan. This past year he was at Juventus, where he scored zero goals in nine appearances. Bendtner was a little more successful at Sunderland in 2011-12, when he scored eight goals in 28 appearances.

It's telling that Arsenal has loaned him out two seasons in a row. That's not what you would do with a striker his age unless you thought he didn't have a future at the club.

Gervinho has looked very good for the Cote d'Ivoire at the Africa Cup of Nations, but that form never translated to the Premier League.

He's shown himself to be a very good dribbler, but Gervinho hasn't delivered in the kind of service you'd want from out wide, and he hasn't been a dependable goalscorer. In fact, it's not far off to say he's been profligate in front of goal.

He's made the occasional wonderstrike, but his time at the Emirates can best be summed up by that horrible miss against Bradford in the Capital One Cup.

Looking down the road, it's hard to envision Arsenal getting any closer to the Premier League title relying on either of the two players. The best thing at this point is that the players are moved. They could have a chance to get their respective careers on track, and the club would have the added revenue from the transfer fees and get their wages off the books.  

The Gunners could also focus their attention on bringing in better players, namely Gonzalo Higuain or Christian Benteke. Both strikers have been linked to Arsenal and would be much better options in the attack.

Both Gervinho and Bendtner have had enough time at the Emirates to determine whether or not they can be dependable players. In a different system, at a different club, they could follow through on the promise they've shown. It seems pretty definite at this point that that's not going to happen under Wenger at Arsenal.