With Lukas Podolski gone, at least for the rest of the season, Yaya Sanogo looks like he will be the next out the door.
This isn’t how January windows are supposed to go, right?
Arsene Wenger has let it be known that he is keen to send the young Frenchman out on loan to gain some valuable first-team playing experience.
The boss’ preference is to see his freebie head to a Premier League club on loan where the experience he will gain will be far more useful in helping to acclimatise him to the rigours of the English game.
Crystal Palace had been interested in bringing him to Selhurst Park but that was under their old manager. Will Alan Pardew feel the same? Perhaps he will. Sanogo is French afterall.
But, it is French side Bordeaux who are apparently pushing hardest to land their man.
Although no offer has been submitted, Bordeaux believe their approach is sitting in a ‘maybe’ folder but are optimistic that a decision will be made next week.
The Ligue 1 side wish to bring in a striker on a short-term deal to cover for their own injured striker who is set to miss the next four months after undergoing a knee operation.
Speaking to RMC, the president of Bordeaux, Jean-Louis Triaud, said
“We are interested in lending Yaya Sanogo, we are in talks with Arsenal about it.
“We’re trying to move forward but Giroud was suspended for three games and Arsenal still have a game on Sunday and will have to do without him [Giroud].
“After that game, his suspension is over. I think the discussion will be easier.
“Most English clubs prefer to lend their players in an English club.
“But Sanogo is young, Sagnol has rubbed selection [Edit – Google Translate?], he does not need to adapt to the championship of France since he knows it.”