Not to injuries.
It is expected that we will be active enough in the transfer window in January to strengthen key areas of the defence, but it could also be the period where we let some fluid off in attack, with Podolski, Sanogo and Joel Campbell all camped at the foot of the Emirates exit.
The trio have found themselves on the fringes of the first team, behind Welbeck, Alexis and Giroud in the scale of preference and may be allowed to leave in January. Podolski has as many suitors waiting in January, Inter Milan currently in the lead for his services according to reports, but Wenger does not want to lose him as the FA Cup will create a need for a bigger squad come January.
Joel Campbell is even more frustrated than the German with very little sniff of action especially in the League. Benfica and Galatasaray had made approaches in the summer for a loan move but Wenger was adamant that the 22-year old would be given opportunities to replicate his World Cup wonders.
Sanogo could be the one player who Wenger will be more than ready to release January, with a host of Premier League clubs waiting to take him on loan according to reports. 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 young man to be a regular this season.
It would be ill-advised to let all three out at the same time, even if they were all unhappy and banging on his door. There will be moments of fitness slump for our favoured WAG trio and dead rubbers like the game against Galatasaray in Turkey will serve as good opportunities to rest them and let them recuperate.
Perhaps Podolski could be sold, but that is only if the fee would be useful in bringing a top class player in the defense or defensive midfield. Campbell certainly needs a good run of first team football to really show the substance of his ability and there is no reason for Wenger to keep hesitating on doing so, especially as a center forward. Losing him could be another event of the Carlos Vela scenario, the Mexican now hot bun for David Moyes at the San Sebastian.
There won’t be such fears with Sanogo, however, who is obviously still raw and in need of some smoothening and refining. Walcott and the German duo of Mesut Ozil and Serge Gnabry are still to return fully to the team, setting up a potential selection headache for Wenger when all players become fit and ready to fire.
The lanky French man would need a lot to grab a constant spot and a loan move could, of the three, benefit him the most.
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