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Arsenal ready to sell Lukas Podolski & Joel Campbell in January

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Arsene Wenger is looking to offload Lukas Podolski and Joel Campbell in the January transfer window in the hope of trimming his Arsenal squad, reports The Times.

The Gunners have suffered from a chronic lack of consistency so far this season with an injury crisis leaving Arsenal's defensive line up breaking point. In contrast, forwards Campbell and Podolski have struggled to get game time.

With Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck, Yaya Sanogo and Alexis Sánchez all vying for places in the side, Wenger has come to the decision that his squad has too many forward players. With Podolski earning £100,000-a-week, Wenger is understandably keen to get him off the books.

Surplus to requirements

The Germany international has hardly featured for Arsenal this term with Sanogo even getting the nod ahead of him. The 2-1 Capital One Cup defeat to Southampton was his only start of the season thus far. 

It is an almost identical situation for Campbell, who has failed to impress Wenger since returning from three successive seasons on loan. Despite an impressive World Cup with Costa Rica, Campbell finds himself ostracised in north London and is reportedly unhappy with the situation.

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Lots of interest

Despite their lack of first team football, both players have attracted plenty of interest and Wenger hopes he can negotiate permanent transfers for each of them. Inter Milan and Cologne are both keen on signing Podolski while Swansea City, Everton and West Bromwich Albion are chasing Campbell.

The funds generated from the sales will help Wenger to reinforce his defensive line. Some reports suggest he will be looking to sign two defenders and a defensive midfielder.

Short-term fixes

However, Wenger is not a fan of the January transfer window and, as usual, is not expected to make long-term additions to his team halfway through the season. Instead, Wenger will look to short-term deals cut from the same cloth as his controversial loan deal for Kim Kallstrom last January.

Sevilla midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak is a potential target along with Newcastle's Moussa Sissoko and Everton's James McCarthy. In defence, Wenger has been linked with a move of Ipswich starlet Tyrone Mings and Celtic's Virgil van Dijk.

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Lukas Podolski
Joel Campbell
Arsenal
Premier League
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