What will Arsenal do with exit-linked strike duo?

Both Yaya Sanogo and Chuba Akpom have been linked with moves this month, but have so far failed to secure one.

The former is into the final six months of his contract, so a permanent transfer was believed most likely, but we have either failed to drum up interest in his signature, or Arsene Wenger is willing to to give him six more months with the club to prove his worth.

Two weeks back, Arsene Wenger named both Yaya and Akpom as reasons why they were not interested in signing a striker this month, amidst speculation regarding the possible signing of Alvaro Morata and Andrea Belotti.

This tells me has has intentions for both in either a short or long term capacity, but I can hardly see Sanogo being useful in either.

He has failed to prove that he is up to playing at the top level, and with him turning 24 years-old on Thursday, I have no expectation that he will ever make it with a top team.

Akpom however has impressed in spurts, and at 21 still holds more than enough potential to believe that there could still be a future for him at Arsenal. With us currently fielding only the one striker in our current system, it doesn’t offer him many opportunities for senior minutes, but he will be picking up plenty on the training field.

Chuba scored seven goals for Hull last season in helping them earn promotion to the Premier League, and now Aston Villa are said to be hoping they can secure a similar deal as they look to climb the Championship table.

If we were to allow him to go out on loan however, I would hope we would have an agreement of a reasonable guarantee of game-time for him, otherwise he may as well sit on our bench and learn from our vastly improved squad and staff.

Should Arsenal cut their losses with Yaya? Can Akpom step up this season or does he need to go on loan?

Pat J

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  1. Arsenal_Girl says:

    Sell Sanogo and loan off Akpom

    We have plenty of forwards

  2. Raoh says:

    Long overdue…Sanogo is probably a good lad but hasn’t performed while at the club or in the loans that he was given to prove his quality and his raw skills. He should be sold!
    Akpom has potential a loan move in the Championship or a lower side in the EPL that needs a back up striker and willing to give him game time would be good…a team that could potentially extend the loan beyond this season I may add!

  3. stubill says:

    No one is going to buy Sanogo, he’s got about 6 months left on his contract, so why buy him when you can get him for free in the summer! Let’s face, he’s hardly the most sought after player out there.

    As for Akpom, I can’t make my mind up, I’m not convinced he has what it takes to be a regular in the match day squad, so loan him out for 18 months and see how he progresses.

    1. proffetic says:

      Probably,like too many others on our books, they get paid more they should,as moderate players. It’s only those who should and can earn more who leave. E.g. Mertesacker won’t go,Sanchez can.

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