Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 6/5/13
Arsenal have confirmed that Andrey Arshavin, Denilson and Sebastien Squillaci will leave the club when their contracts expire at the end of June. Arshavin struggled to nail down a regular starting berth last season, making 11 appearances. Squillaci featured just once while Denilson has spent the last two campaigns on loan at Sao Paulo. Arsenal said in a statement: "Andrey Arshavin, Denilson and Sebastien Squillaci will leave the club when they come to the end of their contracts on June 30, and Arsenal would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their contribution and wish them well for the future." Russia international Arshavin joined the Gunners from Zenit St Petersburg for ?15million on the final day of the 2009 January transfer window, and went on to score 31 goals in 144 appearances. The 32-year-old famously netted four times in the 4-4 draw at Liverpool in April 2009, and represented Russia at Euro 2008 and 2012. Denilson made 153 appearances over five years at the club and featured in all but one Premier League game during the 2008-09 season. Squillaci signed from Sevilla in 2010 and was a regular during his first season at the club. However, the French international has made just seven appearances in the past two campaigns. Greer has been struggling with tonsillitis and did not travel with the rest of Gordon Strachan's squad to Zagreb for Friday's World Cup qualifier. The Scots have already been hit by six call offs for the clash after Scott Brown, James Forrest, Danny Fox, Lee Wallace, Gary Caldwell and Liam Bridcutt were forced to pull out. Grant Hanley went over on his ankle in training earlier in the week, but has declared himself fit. With Brown and Caldwell out, and Darren Fletcher and Kenny Miller absent from the squad, there had been a question mark over who will wear the captain's armband. Coach Mark McGhee said: "Gordon knows who is going to captain the team and he actually invited me this morning to tell you that. "But I felt very strongly that that's something that should be reserved for the manager. "It's such an important thing. "There are moments in any manager's reign that are significant and naming the captain is one of them. "So I declined that opportunity and told him he's got to do it himself." Croatia sit joint top of the group, while Scotland's chances of qualification are already over. But McGhee insists there is plenty to play for. He said: "Their position in the standings is impressive and makes them formidable opposition. But I wouldn't say we have nothing to lose. "People are in the squad, some because they are going to be in future squads, others have an opportunity because of other circumstances and have a chance to prove to the manager they should be in future squads. "There is a lot to play for. They have an opportunity to prove they should be here and stamp that for the future." Fernandinho has been photographed leaving a hospital in Manchester where the club conduct their medicals and City are set to secure a deal for the Brazilian. Manuel Pellegrini is expected to be named as City's new manager in the next few days and the club have already started to strengthen their squad after relinquishing the Premier League title. City agreed a deal for Sevilla winger Jesus Navas earlier this week and they now appear to have landed long-term target Fernandinho. The 28-year-old made a big impact on these shores last season when he scored Shakhtar's winner against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League group stages. He has been repeatedly linked with a move to England as both Chelsea and Tottenham failed with bids in the last 12 months. Reports suggested the Ukrainian club had inserted a buy-out clause of ?42.5million for Fernandinho, who complained about his high valuation. He has admitted his interest in joining City as he feels the switch will stengthen his chances of being selected for Brazil's World Cup squad. "They know that the Premier League is a great championship and that Manchester City is a great club, therefore they all wish me to play there, and to participate in the division," he has said. "I believe my chances of making the World Cup squad will improve if I join City. "My exposure would be better, because Brazil is biased towards the Ukrainian league. What we do here is not recognised in my country."
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