The approaching Financial Fair Play has made many clubs rethink and think once more when it comes to signing outcasts from other clubs. There might be a bargain for one or two; or a player whose career is clearly over might be detrimental to any potential new employer.
The problem is that clubs are no longer in a strong position to take gambles. The financial cloud that has cast it’s shadow over the football world means there might be very little for those who have failed to hit the heights on a regular basis in the recent past. And those looking for a big final payday may be looking for quite some time.
There’s also a number of Arsenal’s players, specifically, who have found themselves in an unenviable position this summer. Like players at other clubs, few have pulled their weight over the past season, and there is unlikely to be a great number of teams willing to invest time and money.
However, that’s not the case for all of these players. Some do have a great deal to offer, but find themselves at a potential crossroad at the current club. Some will undoubtedly have a far easier time finding a new club than others.