Arsenal Transfer Prospects:Is Arsene Wenger Wrong To Release Jay Simpson?

Callum D'SouzaSenior Writer IJune 29, 2010

BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 10:  Jay Simpson of West Bromwich Albion breaks away from Gareth Barry of Astoin Villa during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion at Villa Park on January 10, 2009 in Birmingham, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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After a fifth successive campaign without managing to secure any silverware, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has vowed to implement changes into his talented squad, thus ensuring the departure and arrival of many players. It seems the Frenchman's first focus point will be removing players before he brings in reinforcement.

Rumour has it that Wenger has agreed to release promising striker Jay Simpson. The 21-year-old graduated from the Arsenal academy and has spent the past three seasons on loan, developing strongly. However, with the introduction of Marouane Chamakh to the Arsenal front line, Wenger sees no issue with allowing the English sharpshooter to depart.

Simpson has proven he is a handy, versatile striker whilst on loan at the likes of Milwall, West Bromwhich Albion, and Queens Park Rangers. Wenger has given the Englishman little opportunity—three appearances that brought two goals in 2008/2009 is all that has been offered to the Arsenal starlet.

Many felt Simpson had was a promising prospect for the Arsenal future and had a paved an impressive path the glory; however, with many teams now vying for his signature, it is growing increasingly likely that Simpson will quickly move on.

But is Wenger being too rash?

Simpson's previous loan spells brought about 102 appearances with 23 goals. The former England U-18 forward is blessed with pace, balance, strength, and a ferocious shot. He also possesses appealing versatility and is capable of playing as the lone striker, on the wing, and even as an attacking midfielder.

At 21, the QPR loanee boasts strong potential, as well as a promising future. He has adequate experience, and even in the EPL he would fit nicely into Wenger's 4-3-3 formation.  

With Eduardo Da Silva struggling for form and Carlos Vela still not fully established, thus possibly requiring a loan move, it seems unwise for Wenger to offload this talented striker. Simpson deserves a full season at Arsenal to prove his worth and keeping him would ensure added depth for when the injury bug kicks in.

Quite frankly, Wenger should hold onto the 21-year-old just at least until the January transfer window, enabling Simpson to trial his skill.

So should Jay Simpson be sold?