One of Arsenal's most vexing problems the past few seasons has been an embarrassing stockpile of not-quite-good-enough players.
On the one hand, there is a steady stream of young, as yet unformed talent coming out of the academy.
On the other, there are the notorious signings that didn't quite work out. The fact that they tend to be on inflated wages and have lacked game time has made a clear-out difficult.
Loan deals can be a handy solution in both cases.
A good example last year was Andrey Arshavin's loan back to his old club, Zenit St. Petersburg, where he regained form and confidence.
And though Arshavin struggled to bring either back from Russia, Arsenal will hope last year's loan success will facilitate a transfer this January.
Here are five players that manager Arsène Wenger may want to send out on loan this January.