Five Arsenal players who need to leave for the sake of their careers

A look at five players who need to move on from Arsenal.

For Arsenal the start of the season has been a mixed bag. There have been a handful of superb performances from Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck, and there have been a number of dropped points, along with early elimination from the Capital One Cup.

There are players like Calum Chambers who have really risen to the challenge, and there are others who have just looked like they are there to make up the numbers.

Here are five players who need to move in January, either on loan or permanently, to re-energise their careers:

Lukas Podolski

The German international simply can't get a look in at present, and when Theo Walcott returns, the player's chances are only going to be more limited. Podolski finally admitted last week he will have to consider his options, and there is no shortage of interest from abroad, with clubs in Turkey, Germany and Italy all keen on signing him. While he can be effective, he deserves so much more than he is getting right now at the Gunners.

Joel Campbell

A sensation at the World Cup, Campbell has not got going at Arsenal after three years out on loan. This was supposed to be his breakthrough year, but it has underwhelmed. He did not seize his chance when given a start in the Capital One Cup defeat to Southampton, and a loan move would be sensible for him if the situation does not improve. Like Podolski there will be plenty of suitors.

Serge Gnabry

2013 was a breakout year for Gnabry, but since the calendar struck 2014 it has been downhill. Barely used during the latter part of last season, his pre-season and start to this campaign has been ruined by injury. With Walcott injured he has missed an opportunity to stake a claim, and a loan move to play regularly would help get him noticed for next year. Newcastle, Crystal Palace and Southampton were all reportedly keen over the summer.

Francis Coquelin

The Frenchman needs to face up to the fact he has to move on this January, rather than wait until his contract runs down in the summer. With Arsenal in dire need of a defensive midfielder, he still cannot get a look-in, which tells you all you need to know about his situation. Wherever he goes, he needs to find a club where he can play regularly.

Abou Diaby

This one is down to Arsene Wenger, who needs to relinquish his stubborn streak and cut Diaby loose to do him a favour. The Frenchman is done no favours by being given a chance to play so sparingly, and needs to find a situation where he at least has a chance of playing week in and week out, injury permitting. If Arsenal do move him on, then they will have the motivation to go and sign a defensive midfielder.

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