Jumaat, 17 Jun 2011

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Patrick Vieira, Robert Pires and Sol Campbell are among the high-profile players included on a list of individuals who have been released by Premier League clubs.

The trio were key components of Arsenal's title-winning 2004 side, which went unbeaten in the league. Seven years later and the former Gunners find themselves unattached, but they are in good company as a list on the Premier League's official website contains the names of 123 players who have been released from their contracts and will now be looking for new clubs.

Many are youngsters who have failed to make the grade but some big names feature amongst the casualties.

West Ham and Birmingham have both seen international players leave following relegation to the Championship.

Seb Larsson, Lee Bowyer, Kevin Phillips and James McFadden are among those leaving St Andrew's while Matt Upson, Danny Gabbidon and Lars Jacobsen will not call Upton Park home next term.

Manchester United have released Owen Hargreaves after the Canadian-born English international failed to prove his fitness to Sir Alex Ferguson.

Similarly, Tottenham have let injury-plagued Jonathan Woodgate leave White Hart Lane.

Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool have seen no dramatic departures, but Javier Garrido joins Vieira through the exit door at Manchester City.

John Carew and Eidur Gudjohnsen, who both had spells at Stoke, were released by Aston Villa and the Potters respectively.

Not all players will be too worried at their inclusion, however. Johan Elmander is featured despite agreeing a free transfer to Galatasaray, while Wolves veteran Jody Craddock is set to be offered a new deal at the club.

Players such as Nigel Reo-Coker, Bolo Zenden and Zoltan Gera have also been sent packing despite featuring regularly for their clubs last season.

Source: http://www.goal.com/en-gb/news/2896/premier-league/2011/06/16/2534565/arsenal-invincibles-patrick-vieira-robert-pires-sol-campbell

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