Arsene Wenger may be holding out to see if a Premier League club will opt to take young forward Yaya Sanogo on loan, but the longer he stalls the longer the chance remains that he might not leave at all.
It’s believed that French club Bordeaux are ready to snap up the 21-year-old until the end of the campaign, but will only do so if they receive a response by tomorrow.
They’ve set the deadline in the hope of ensuring that Wenger makes a decision either way as soon as possible, with the Frenchman having made it clear that his preference is to see Sanogo finish the season in England’s top flight.
Bordeaux's president, Jean Louis Tiraud, has appeared to confirm that the young striker is keen to make a move back to Ligue 1, and has told Wenger as such. Sanogo himself has yet to publicly make it clear where he wants to end up.
“Sanogo wants to come on loan to Bordeaux, and he has told his manager Arsène Wenger that," Tiraud said.
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“We are working on bringing Sanogo to Bordeaux. We are going all in on this target. We have asked Arsenal to give us an answer on Tuesday or Wednesday latest.”
Elsewhere the storm continues to rage surrounding Wojciech Szczesny’s supposed fine for being caught smoking in the showers post-match. Rumours infer the Polish stopper was caught lighting up after the loss to Southampton and slapped with a £20,000 fine.
As if to rub salt in the wounds after a horrendous display, which saw Szczesny at fault for both of Southampton's goals, the player is said to have broken the rules and therefore has been reprimanded by Wenger, who is known to like to run a tight ship.
The 23-year-old himself as yet to comment on the matter, though it's likely an update will be provided either way sooner rather than later.
- Arsenal have recruited Chiori Johnson and Tyrell Robinson on professional contracts, with the academy standouts having proven their worth in the youth ranks. Johnson, who is a right-back, has featured in the Gunners' U21 squad despite being just 17, and Robinson is a speedy winger who can also double up as a full-back.
- Wenger may shelve his January transfer plans as the injury crisis experienced by his squad appears to be easing, according to reports. It's thought the Frenchman will only spend big money if he has to, and if he believes he has enough then won't be prepared to enter the market.