No Joel Campbell repeat: Arsenal must keep Yaya Sanogo in England

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If Yaya Sanogo leaves Arsenal on loan, the Gunners would be wise to keep him in the Premier League.

According to reports Arsenal are prepared to send French forward Yaya Sanogo out on loan for the second half of the season.

With Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck, Alexis Sanchez and Lukas Podolski all ahead of him in the pecking order, and with Joel Campbell also remaining at the Emirates Stadium – at least for now – Sanogo will be hard-pressed to get the first-team football he no doubt craves.

For that reason it would be no surprise if he temporarily moved on, but while it is being suggested that a number of European clubs are interested in the 21-year-old, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger would be wise to keep him in England.

Crystal Palace, Sunderland and Aston Villa are among the sides said to be keen on Sanogo and there are sure to be others if and when he does become available. When you consider Arsenal will ultimately be hoping the forward has what it takes to succeed in the Premier League, keeping him here has to be the smartest option.

When Arsenal sent Campbell on loan to Olympiakos he shone, scoring 11 goals and providing 12 assists during his time in Greece. It was form that prompted Gunners fans to suggest he was going to shine this season, but instead the Costa Rica international has barely featured and is yet to score or assist in the current campaign.

The best loan moves are also smartest ones, and that means sending a player to a club where he can truly show what he can do on the stage he hopes to step out on for years to come.

Romelu Lukaku showed it at both West Bromwich Albion and Everton, proving emphatically that he was Premier League material.

Send a player to another country and they are, if not forgotten, then certainly on the periphery, but keep him in the same division as his parent-club and he will want to impress them week in, week out knowing his every action will be seen.

If Wenger wants to see what Sanogo is made of, he should send his countryman to a Premier League rival. No harm can be done, but plenty of good could come from such a decision.

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