Three Arsenal outcasts in Ladbrokes’ free transfer XI
The amount of money spent by Premier League clubs on new talent looks set reach its usual astronomical heights this summer but there are plenty of options for those seeking a bargain.
Diego Costa to Chelsea (£32m) Luke Shaw to Manchester United (£27m) and Adam Lallana to Liverpool (£20m) are the potential moves that have tongues wagging at present but here is a starting XI with an average age of just 30 that would cost absolutely nothing in transfer fees to assemble!
Goalkeeper – Lukasz Fabianski
The Polish stopper has put in a number of fine FA Cup displays for the Gunners this term and looks set to retain his place in the team for the Wembley Final.
However, a total of just 10 appearances have seen the 29-year-old stutter over a new deal and Celtic look the most likely to snap up this bargain stopper.
Defenders – Bacary Sagna, Rio Ferdinand, Joleon Lescott, Ashley Cole
Sagna has not struggled for playing time this season but has struggled to convince Arsene Wenger he is worth £100,000 per week but plenty of bosses, Premier League or otherwise, will disagree.
Lescott will feel he has a point to prove and is likely to remain in England while the older duo of Cole and Ferdinand, while still able to play at the top level, are likely to opt for lucrative contracts abroad.
Midfielders – Jermaine Pennant, Seb Larsson, Craig Gardner, Joe Cole
Any manager with survival as an aim would be a fool to ignore out of contract Sunderland duo Larsson and Gardner. Any players with their experience and aged just 28 and 27 respectively should be snapped up on a free.
Pennant and Cole are both in the twilight of careers that never really lived up to hype but they are established names and we know one manager who loves a big-name bargain. Don’t we Arry!
Strikers – Samuel Eto’o and Nicklas Bendtner
Cameroon ace Eto’o has won it all but has fallen out with Jose Mourinho. The former Barca ace will not be short of offers, even at 33, but would love to stick around and stick it to the ‘Special One’ next term.
Bendtner has become something of a Premier League laughing stock but is still highly regarded on the continent where he is likely to move. However, the chance to play week in-week out in the Prem could convince him to prolong his stay.
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