With Joel Campbell, making his way to Portugal to join Sporting Lisbon on a season-long loan, the Gunners offload another player from their squad for the season. Campbell has been pretty familiar with a loan move in his Arsenal career so far, with the Costa Rican making his 5th loan move since joining the Gunners. Previously, goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny was loaned out to Italian club AS Roma as the manager continues to allow players to leave the club on loan in order to get the playing time they need but won’t get at Arsenal. Let’s now look at the three other names who can leave the club before the transfer window closes.
Arsenal does not have adequate cover at the left back position with Kieran Gibbs being the only alternative as he continues to play second fiddle to Nacho Monreal. Gibbs has been another talent who hasn’t been able to fulfill his potential fully at the club. Having joined the Arsenal academy in 2004, the left-back has spent over a decade at the club making a total of 208 appearances for the Gunners in all competitions. The English defender has never been fully able to command a first team place on a consistent basis and seems to have stagnated in his development over the years.
Nacho Monreal has been the undisputed ‘Numero Uno’ for the left back position for some time now and Gibbs won’t be getting regular first-team football at the Emirates this season. If he wants to play regularly, he would have to move elsewhere. Liverpool were keen on the player previously and a move might still happen before the window closes but in the current defensive crisis, it looks a bit unlikely.
Debuchy was the player who was almost certain to leave Arsenal on loan after spending the final part of last season on a similar deal at Bordeaux. The French fullback has undeniable quality but his Arsenal career has been very unfortunate as injuries have always held him back from producing the performances he is capable of on the pitch. The 31-year-old has been surpassed by the much younger Hector Bellerin as the first choice and he is well aware of the situation that he will be the 2nd choice again this season if he stays at the North London club.
A host of clubs were interested in securing his services in the summer with Galatasaray and Besiktas being two of them. Arsenal’s injury crisis in their defensive department has changed the scenario where the club would be prepared to keep him with them but if the player demands a move then they would have to let him go and a move out of the Emirates is still on the cards for the Frenchman before the transfer window closes.
Yaya Sanogo has been a total failure so far at Arsenal scoring just one goal in his three-year stay at the club so far. The club has previously loaned him to other clubs but he has failed to make a mark in all of them. Moreover, while he seriously degraded his reputation at Crystal Palace and at Dutch giants Ajax Amsterdam, in his last spell at Charlton Athletic he tainted his reputation further showcasing his unacceptable violent conduct in an off the ball incident against MK Dons.
At Ajax, he turned into a laughingstock with a series of comical performances in front of goal which prompted the brother of the head coach Frank De Boer, to make a very significant statement about his abilities. Arsene Wenger however by pulling the ‘logic chart’ upside down has counted him as one of the options upfront this year for his team but ultimately for the sake of Arsenal, Arsene Wenger and perhaps English football as well, he can move out of the club before summer transfer window closes, if any other coach of any other club experiences a brain explosion to register his interest in the 6ft 4 inch striker in the first place that is.