Gervinho is closing in on a move to Roma. [Reuters]

Underperforming forwards Gervinho and Nicklas Bendtner could be the latest players to be moved on by Arsenal as Arsene Wenger looks to get rid of the dead wood in his squad.

Arsenal have already allowed the likes of Denilson, Andrey Arshavin, Vito Mannone and Sebastien Squillaci to leave the club, while a further 10 youth team products were shown the door after failing to make the grade.

Next on the list of ex-Arsenal players could be Bendtner who is believed to be close to joining Malaga after reports suggested the north London club had entered into negotiations with the Spanish side.

Bendtner has spent the last two seasons out on loan, first at Sunderland and then Juventus, but it seems Arsenal are now ready to allow him to leave on a permanent deal after his proposed move to Eintracht Frankfurt fell through earlier this month.

The Times reports that Arsenal have begun discussions with representatives from Malaga who are said to be willing to include right-back Jesus Gamez in any deal for the Denmark international.

Nicklas Bendtner
Nicklas Bendtner is set to finally leave Arsenal on a permanent transfer. [Reuters]

Gamez is a former teammate of current Arsenal players Santi Cazorla and Nacho Monreal, and has played more than 250 times for the club since breaking into the first team back in 2005.

The 28 year old has been the Malaga captain since the summer of 2011 but it seems the club are prepared to allow him to leave in order to sign Bendtner who would be a direct replacement for the recently departed Julio Baptista - himself a former Arsenal striker.

The Gunners are also believed to be close to finalising a deal that will see Gervinho be reunited with his former manager Rudi Garcia at Roma.

Reports suggest that Arsenal will receive around half of the £11m they paid for the forward when they signed him from Lille just over two years ago.

Roma are said to have already struck terms with Arsenal and are now negotiating with the Ivory Coast international as they bid to make their 12<sup>th signing of the summer.