Arsenal Transfer Talk: 5 Players Who Could Be Sent out on Loan in January
Arsenal have enjoyed a decent start to the Premier League campaign.
Plenty of players have pushed for a place in Arsene Wenger's starting 11. Others have fallen away from the first team picture.
I've listed five players who could face a loan move away from the Emirates in January. This could be due to lack of experience, fitness or ability.
Do you agree with my picks? Let me know in the comments below.
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Szczesny has suffered a disappointing few months.
He was all set to star in Euro 2012. As the No. 1 goalkeeper of the host nation, the Poland stopper was ready to make an impact.
Unfortunately, he conceded a penalty and was sent off in the opening match against Greece.
To make matters worse, substitute goalkeeper Przemyslaw Tyton saved the spot-kick and performed brilliantly throughout the curtain raiser. He was rewarded with a place in the starting 11 for the rest of Poland's tournament.
Szczesny's misery was compounded through injury.
While he started the opening Premier League game of the season against Sunderland, Vito Mannone was brought in to deputise. In some cruel retelling of history, Szczesny's club understudy has also produced some excellent displays.
Arsene Wenger often speaks openly. With Szczesny injured, the Gunners boss indicated Mannone could become No. 1 at the Emirates (via The Telegraph).
In the weeks since that interview, Mannone has vowed to fight for his place in the team (via ESPN).
Such competition is extremely healthy.
That said, I don't think Szczesny will be satisfied with warming the bench. Arsenal have another decent reinforcement in Lukas Fabianski and could let the Polish international leave on loan.
Szczesny needs first team football to get his career back on track. A loan move could provide the fitness and confidence to aid Arsene Wenger in his pursuit of trophies.
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Frimpong has made just one appearance so far this season.
His 19-minute cameo in the Capital One Cup clash against Coventry underlines a player who is unlikely to get many chances this year.
The English-Ghanian midfielder has plenty of potential. His energy and ability to crunch into challenges is likely to define his career as a tough-tackling warhorse.
Frimpong definitely needs time to develop. Last year, his loan spell at Wolves was cut short due to a serious injury.
The Championship side have expressed an interest in taking the 20-year-old back to Molineux (via The Daily Mirror). It's testimony to the player's ability that his presence is being called upon once more.
A spell in England's second tier would suit Frimpong.
The league is extremely competitive and is likely to test the youngster. It would be detrimental to his progression if he isn't playing at a senior level for the majority of this season.
Wenger understands this. I expect Frimpong to leave if he isn't needed in the immediate future.
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Coquelin is in a similar situation to Frimpong.
He has started three games and come off the bench twice across all competitions this season.
As Wenger's team continue to juggle midfield injuries, the versatile 19-year-old is always going to get a limited amount of opportunities.
Jack Wilshere is on his way back from long-term injury. Abou Diaby and Tomas Rosicky continue to regain fitness. While Coquelin is undoubtedly a useful squad member, his current ability isn't quite as crisp as the Gunners' needs for an assault on the Premier League title.
It's foolish to speculate who could be injured when the January transfer market opens. That said, Arsenal's key midfield absentees are scheduled to be back well before Christmas.
Coquelin is full of potential. Right now, he's a developing talent at a club that is full of complete midfielders.
This time last year, the Frenchman threatened to quit over a lack of opportunities (via The Daily Mail).
Perhaps he should carve out some chances of his own. A loan move away from the Emirates could force Wenger to take notice.
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Chamakh's Arsenal career has the power to baffle.
I'm still waiting for the player to touch down in London. Since his free transfer from Bordeaux in 2010, the Moroccan international left his footballing ability on the plane over.
He has played 19 minutes this season. A Capital One Cup appearance isn't much for the striker to get excited about.
The 28-year-old starred in Ligue 1 and the Champions League while in Bordeaux—a memory that indicates he needs to escape the Emirates.
For now, a loan move is the best way to get Chamakh firing again. I can't see many clubs being interested in his services on a permanent basis.
Many will compare Olivier Giroud's early Arsenal performances to that of Chamakh.
These claims should be quickly shot down. Giroud works for the team, adds a sense of physicality and acknowledges his mistakes. I don't remember Chamakh doing any of these things.
Bordeaux might be ready to offer him a second lease of life. The French side have expressed an interest in the flop signing (via ESPN).
It might be best for Chamakh to cut his losses and return to France for a few months.
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Wilshere will be a controversial inclusion for some.
He is on the final stretch of a 14-month recovery. We all know he is a key player when fully fit.
Will he be able to recover his previous form this season? I believe he can, but it'll be a challenge for the youngster.
Arsenal's midfield has evolved since Wilshere last played.
Arsene Wenger's side have finally mixed flair with a sense of grit and determination. Wilshere's characteristics fit into this. His strengths are tailor-made to a team that plays stylish and increasingly physical football.
Even so, he might struggle to maintain a first team place this season. His match fitness should be sharp by January, making him an attractive prospect to other clubs.
Although the 20-year-old enjoyed a loan spell at Bolton back in 2010, a move to the Championship wouldn't aid his development. Wilshere must be playing regularly at the highest level.
Wenger may struggle to effectively reintegrate Wilshere into his plans. If this is the case, a few months away could keep the player in shape for next season.