Four players who could leave Arsenal in January as Wenger trims squad


We look at four players who could leave Arsenal in the January transfer window.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been famed for his prudent approach in the transfer window, but over recent seasons the Frenchman has seemed to be more open to spending big money. 

Wenger has brought in some marquee players in recent transfer dealings - with Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez both notable additions - and he has hinted that he will continue to spend in January. 

"This season we bought five players who are all top quality so I think we have done really well on the transfer market and we try to repeat that in January," Wenger said to the Daily Star

In bringing in more players, Wenger could create problems within his squad though and it is likely that players will have to leave to make room for incoming additions. 

Arsenal already have a bloated squad, especially in forward going areas, and the fringe members are unlikely to be happy to see more players blocking their route to the first-team.

As a result, departures are likely to be necessary and in this piece we take a look at four members of the current squad who could leave. 

Tomas Rosicky

Wenger has already stated that he feels that players over the age of 34 cannot perform at the top-level and, as a result, Rosicky's years may stand against him.

The Czech Republic international has been a loyal servant for the Gunners, but it seems his time at the Emirates is coming to an end. 

Rosicky has made just eight appearances for Wenger's side so far and, at this stage of his career, he is unlikely to be satisfied with a peripheral role. 

Joel Campbell

The Costa Rican international made a big impression at the World Cup, but he has struggled to convince Wenger to give him a chance in the starting line-up. 

Campbell has played a paltry five times for the Gunners this season and it is hard to think that it has done much for his development.

With Theo Walcott returning from a lengthy injury, too, his chances appear even more limited and a player of his talent is rather wasted out of the spotlight. 

Benik Afobe

The striker may be in fine form while out on-loan at MK Dons, but his chances of breaking through at Arsenal are slim.

Afobe seems to be fulfilling his potential in the lower-leagues, scoring 18 times in 23 games, but he is nearing the age of 22 and he is probably too old to force his way back into contention at the Emirates.

His scoring rate is sure to have attracted the attentions of a number of clubs across England and there is likely to be interest in the jet-heeled striker in January. 

Lukas Podolski

The experienced German is arguably the best finisher at Arsenal, but Wenger has placed him way down in the pecking order.

Although many Gunners fans have been hoping to see Podolski given a chance in the team, Wenger seems determined to leave him on the substitutes' bench, despite a number of his team's strikers struggling for goals.

Only Alexis Sanchez has scored more than three times for Arsenal this season, but Podolski still doesn't seem to be able to get into the line-up ahead of their other attacking options. 

The German World Cup winner has already been linked with a move back to his homeland and the January transfer window could see him leave the North London side. 

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