Arsenal preparing to offload three strikers this summer

Arsenal Set To Start Summer Clear-Out With THREE Forwards! by AT

It seems as though Arsenal are getting set to clear out a lot of deadwood in the offensive department when the transfer window opens as The Sun is reporting that the Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is planning to offload Lukas Podolski, Joel Campbell and Yaya Sanogo. The forward trio, who have been loaned out to Inter Milan, Villareal and Crystal Palace respectively, have all failed to impress on their loan spells and it is understood that Arsenal will let them all go to clear the wage bill to bring in reinforcements.

Podolski, who was one of the first names on the team sheet not so long ago, has been very mediocre for Inter and the report further adds that Arsenal will even consider terminating his contract to get him off the wage bill. Premier League sides Newcastle United and West Brom are said to be interested in the German and will be expected to move if he accepts a pay-cut. Campbell and Sanogo have also had woeful spells on loan and it appears as though Wenger is willing to cash in on the duo. While I always rated Campbell, Arsenal simply have way too many talented players in his position for him to make it at the club.

In addition to the trio, Arsenal will also be getting rid of Mathieu Flamini and possibly Mikel Arteta and Abou Diaby as well, which definitely means that the Arsenal fans can expect another world-class signing or two. Considering that Campbell and Podolski are both more or less wide forwards, we can probably expect a like-for-like replacement but with more quality, and maybe even two such players if Theo leaves. Wenger may also consider signing a versatile striker who can play anywhere in the forward line.

Looking at the fact that we are set to lose three forwards and a couple of midfielders, I really think Wenger should be looking at players like Pedro Rodriguez, Marco Reus, Geoffrey Kondogbia and Morgan Schneiderlin. While these players are the rumored targets, there is also a possibility that we might see the Arsenal manager pull a rabbit out of the hat and sign someone like Sanchez as he did last summer!


Tags Joel Campbell Podolski Yaya Sanogo


  1. Greg says:

    Would be a great asset to get dybala! Coyg!

    1. Honest Opinion says:

      podolski,sanogo and campbell sucks so better to replace them with Griezmann or Pedro or Carlos Bacca.

  2. fred cowardly says:

    It wouldn’t bother me. Wenger didn’t use Podolski and Campbell much this season. Campbell is more of a winger than striker. Sanogo has improved but still doesn’t look as promising as Akpom.

    Also, we don’t need 6- 7 strikers

    1. muda says:

      I like that kid so called AKPOM, the kid is promising, rate him so high, twice the rate of sanogo. Hope he make it here. What happen to Gnabry??? Any idea?

  3. davidnz says:

    Only Flamini and Diaby
    are off contract on June 30th.
    And I reckon Wenger
    wants to keep Diaby!!!
    Podolski 2016, Campbell ’16
    Sanogo ’17 Arteta ’16
    Rosicky ’16 Ryo ’16 Jenkinson ’18.
    Podolski is on 90k p/w so doubt he will
    agree to go anywhere unless he gets the same deal else where.
    He can just collect his wages for the next 60 weeks
    5.5 mill quid sitting in the stand 🙁

    1. galen says:

      So whats your point? Do players contract have to expire before they leave a club?

      Campbell plays for a top team like Villarreal why bring him and bench his ass for 1 season ?

      Podolski situation is even more complicated after he criticised the manger. He said wenger didnt talk to him. I can promise you that this time around wenegr won’t even say hello. You just can’t be that naive and silly to criticise your boss when you are on loan. If he signed for inter i would have understood. But doing that on loan was plain stupid. he will will be warming the toilet seats if he stays. Sabchez ox Welbeck are all ahead of him on the LW. And please don’t tell me he is s striker .

      Flamini is not just good enough.

      Diaby we have tried. My advice to him is to go to a slower league and try prolonging his career.
      Sanogo. he is 3rd choice at palace. I guess thats enough explanation.

      Arteta. having a captain on the bench is not just a good thing. It was a problem with Madrid and casilas. It was a problem with Vaminator and Arsenal. We can’t justify the idea of bringing a new DM and keeping Arteta. Imagine Schiniderlin and COq in the squad. Will Artetta ever Play?

      the 6 players above will have to go. Thats for sure.

  4. Greg says:

    I Would welcome the signing of schneiderlin or kondogbia, with open arms! Coyg!

  5. Ronny331 says:

    @Greg. agree with your short list for DM’s above.
    Add Lacazette to the list and were in good shape!

  6. rkw says:

    there is little doubt we need another quality attacking option with at least a dozen goals in them … those on the to golist are obvious along with ryo though i dont think wenger will offload sanogo yet but he should ditch walcott …. could generate a good 25 million from those 4 so its not even a bank breaker… if monaco get back to cl kondogbia might be pricey but the marseille dm might be a decent alternative if we are going french… dybala and kondogbia would be a statement of intent in my books..esp as other teams look to strengthen

  7. AlanFrank says:

    After seeIng Coquelin’s recent form I’d say that throws the idea of an unsuccessful loan period out of the window. If a player is under a certain age and still developing loans can help not just on the pitch but help them grow and help them mature, make players realise how hard they really hard to get to a level to make it at arsenal. Sanogo & Campbell are still developing so I wouldn’t completely write them off just yet. Sanogo’s an out and out striker and I wouldn’t say there are that many BIG centre forwards with potential so for what we’d get for him he’s worth keeping and loaning out again. Campbell is more of a winger / wide forward I’ve been quite impressed by him but might find playing time limited. Wellington fit into the same category as Campbell. If we buy another forward this summer it could see them being sold. Podolski on the other hand made his bed forcing a loan move half way through a season and then disrespecting Arsene. Hard to see him still being at arsenal next season.

  8. Raja Danish says:

    Sell dead woods and sign just two or may be 3 quality players DM,LW/CF & ST e.g kondogbia/ wanyama/ schneiderlin, reus/lacazette & higuain/ lewandowski(if possible)/ austin .. Then we are ready for next season.. COYG!!!

  9. DJ Gooner says:

    “CF & ST” – are these different positions?

    Not sure the big hype about Higuain – did people watch him in Emirates Cup? His goal tally in Serie A is bettered by 37-year old veteran Luca Toni. Would you have Wenger buy him also?

    Think we dodged a bullet on Higuain tbh.

    Better off going for someone young and promising like Lacazette. He has all the attributes required to make it in the premier league.

    Lacazette or Reus + Schneiderlin (think the latter may already be done!)

  10. g00ner4lyf says:

    I really hope we can shift Podolski, it’s been a while since the term ‘deadwood’ has been quoted around these parts but if he’s here next season that’s exactly what he’ll be.

  11. I am Batman says:

    Lacazette? Where will he play? He is not good enough to bench any of our starters(ox,sanchez,giroud). Will he even want to come here with the EURO so close? Spend money on Geoffrey and I am happy.

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