The general idea for Arsenal when we loan out one of our squad players is to give them the regular playing time to gain experience, match fitness and to help them progress and be ready to come back and shine for the Gunners. But it does not always work out according to plan.
It has worked for us on a number of occasions, including with Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey after their injury problems and most recently to brilliant effect with our French midfielder Francis Coquelin who, according to Arsene Wenger, has saved the club around £40 million.
But it does not look as though the first team players that finished the season on loan at various clubs have enjoyed the same success. IN fact the only Arsenal loanee who has impressed has been Carl Jenkinson at West Ham. Unluckily for him though, the right back position is probably the best covered at the club with Bellerin, Debuchy and Chambers.
The Daily Star have reported that Podolski’s transfer to Galatasaray has fallen through but after just one goal from 18 Inter Milan games, I cannot see him playing for Arsenal next season.
Joel Campbell and Yaya Sanogo have not fared much better for Villarreal and Crystal Palace and a Metro report claims that the Costa Rican is to stay in Spain and make a permanent La Liga switch to Real Sociedad. Ryo Miyaichi started just six games for the mid table Dutch club FC Twente and Wellington Silva did not score a single goal for relegated Almeria.
Can you see any of them playing for Arsenal next season, or ever?