Arsenal’s plans for the January transfer window are expected to be within the X and XL sizes as activities are to happen both in and out of the club, the latest being a possible loan exit for Yaya Sanogo, according to the Daily Star.
The 21-year old recently opened his competitive account in front of goal against Dortmund and was expected to probably get more consideration after finally breaking his duck. However, the return of Olivier Giroud, plus the prosperity of Alexis and Welbeck, means he will hardly get major calls in the team. With Walcott also set to be back and Podolski pushing for more regular action, the odds are against the youngman to be a regular this season.
So, then, it makes sense that he could be on a temporary journey to a Premier League club come January, even if there are reports of oversea interest from Turkey. Sanogo joined Arsenal last year from Auxerre on a free deal and has not really taken his career by the scruff of the neck, with performances that have exhibited more rawness than the finished article. Since he does not get the chances at Arsenal at the moment, the loan should suit him to get the regular opportunity to hone his skills into what Wenger expects him to become. The player is still raw and needs a steady run of games to bloom his potential. He seemed set to get that run this season until his hamstring issues resurfaced. Wenger surely does believe in Sanogo as his Henry of the future and given what the player had done with the French youth teams, he may well be. The loan to Russia could be the crucial ingredient needed.
Afobe, Jenkinson and a few others have made good use of their temporary adventures this season, with calls in some quarters even to have they return in January, as has been the case with Franics Coquelin. The French midfielder has had his loan spell at Charlton cut short due to the deficiencies in our midfield at the moment. Coquelin only got involved in the final 10 minutes against Newcaslte but could still be found useful in the coming weeks if our injury bug bites again.
There won’t be such fears with Sanogo, however, as we should have enough in his absence to finish the campaign, especially if we manage to keep both Podolski and Joel Campbell. Both have been understandably frustrated at the meager opportunities available to them, with just two starts each in all competitions this season. The German duo of Mesut Ozil and Serge Gnabry are still to return, setting up a potential selection headache for Wenger when all players become fit and ready to fire.
This is still rumour, though, but on the account of what is at the moment, there is a sizeable chunk of truth to it.
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