Arsenal: Wilshere to leave; Bayern's interest in starlet; 22-year-old midfielder linked
The Arsenal news cycle has been dominated by imminent arrivals in recent days, however news emerged last night that there could be one major outgoing.
Sky Sports News as well as almost all national newspapers are reporting that Arsenal are willing to let Jack Wilshere go out on loan.
Wilshere missed all but the entirety of last season with injury and was left out Sam Allardyce’s first England squad a matter of days ago.
That omission seems to have prompted all parties to get around the table; if truth be told, Wilshere has been a more important player for England than he has been for Arsenal in recent times.
Arsene Wenger is unlikely to sanction a move to any of the other top six or seven clubs, which leaves the possibility of a loan to a mid-table team or abroad.
There is a theory that Wenger favours Wilshere going abroad, in order to get him away from the temptations of London life.
Arsenal are fantastically well stocked in midfield; Granit Xhaka, Santi Cazorla, Mesut Özil, Aaron Ramsey, Mohammed Elneny and Francis Coquelin are all ahead of Wilshere in the pecking order.
With the Gunners battling for Premier League points after a sticky start, they can’t really afford to carry a player who will need time to get back to his best.
When fit and firing, every fan knows what Wilshere can bring to any team and, for the time being at least, he remains a part of Wenger’s long-term plans.
Another potential outgoing could be winger Serge Gnabry, with Bayern Munich among a host of Bundesliga clubs interested in the German who is out of contract at Arsenal next summer.
Following an impressive performance at the Olympics, where he was voted Germany’s player of the tournament, Gnabry was expected to return to Arsenal as part of the first team squad.
This appeared to be the reason why Joel Campbell was allowed to go out on loan to Sporting Lisbon, but a collection of potential suitors are circling.
Gnabry made some exciting appearances for Arsenal in 2013-14, but a serious knee injury and some fruitless loan spells have curtailed his progress somewhat.
Similar in style to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gnabry remains a real talent. Should he go however, along with Wilshere and Campbell, that might suggest another signing late in the window.
On that subject, according to The Sun Arsenal are tracking 22-year-old Paraguayan midfielder Miguel Almiron.
Almiron plays for Argentine champions Lanus and the according to that report could be available for £11 million.
It would be a surprise if Arsenal were to sign another player in this window, but Wenger has always stressed that he is willing to act if the right player comes up.
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