- Joel Campbell
Campbell’s story at the Emirates this season has been very underwhelming for Gooners. Not because he has failed to deliver on the huge expectation we saw of him in the World Cup after so many opportunities but because he has barely had the opportunity to prove his worth. With just one start this season, Campbell looks like one of those who may be seeking a way out to save his career when the January window opens. Several clubs around Europe made efforts to snap him up on loan even as early as after the World Cup in July, with AC Milan even willing to offer us Mario Balotelli in exchange. Benfica were rumoured to have plotted a hijack for him on deadline day which may have even involved lifting him on a private jet to the Estadio la Luz, but Wenger wasn’t willing to let go of the 22 year old. “There are plenty of clubs [but] if somebody calls them [my assistants] they don’t tell me anymore because when I say no, it’s no”, Wenger’s words then regarding Campbell. Campbell is on Wenger’s list as one of his strikers but is yet to be played in that position this season. That may be the basis for him seeking a move in January.
- Yaya Sanogo
The 21-year old striker has been reported as a possible part of a January exchange deal for Spartak Moscow’s defensive midfielder, Romulo. Sanogo looked like he’d get a good run in games this season starting most of the early games at the start of the campaign, including the Community Shield. His four goals against Benfica in the Emirates were his first goals in Arsenal colours since arriving on a free from Auxerre last year, but as he is yet to find the back of the net in a competitive game, Wenger should not be hesitant in sending him out on loan in January in order to polish the raw potential we’ve seen in him. While he has a great use of his body to oppress defenders, a lot needs to be done about his shooting and fans at the Emirates may not be patient enough to watch him learn that at the Emirates. The Afobe template should work for him.
- Lukas Podolski
After saving us against Anderlecht, the storm have calmed on Podolski’s frustration with regards to limited opportunities in the team this season. At 29, he is no longer a youngster and has not been impressed with having to sit on the bench every weekend. He has repeatedly stated that he would seek a move soon if nothing changes, and aside that goal, it doesn’t actually seem much will change with Chmaberlain, Alexis, Cazorla, Welbeck and even the returning Walcott still ahead of him in the pecking order. The possibility of Wenger making one attacking recruit in January would give suggestion to the possible departure of one attacking player from the squad, and by most person’s guesses, it will be Podolski. He’s currently working on featuring in a comedy film ‘Macho Man’ and the fact that it’s been shot in his hometown of Cologne, home to FC Koln – his last club before joining Arsenal, may give him extra incentive to move.
- Francis Coquelin
With the League Cup gone and the FA Cup not coming till January, Coquelin really does have little or no chances of first team appearances this season, with just the one League Cup game in which he was quite frankly very solid. Hector Bellerin’s pace has been favoured over his ‘experience’ in the race for the third choice right back role and barring another cataclysm of injuries in the left back position, Coquelin would hardly be in the main barrel of the Gunners this year. He hasn’t fulfilled the potential we thought he had as a defensive midfielder and like Emmanuel Frimpong, may have to settle for a permanent move away for good.
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