It is barely a week into the January transfer window and Arsenal have already completed two transfers, though they probably aren't the transfers fans of the Emirates Stadium club were hoping for.
The Gunners have officially confirmed that Kristoffer Olsson has completed a permanent move to FC Midtjylland, bringing to an end what at one point looked a promising career in north London. The 19-year-old had been on loan with them from the start of the season.
Olsson had been at Arsenal since his early teens and, despite only being given a single opportunity in the first team by Arsene Wenger, looked one of the more level-headed and technically proficient of his age group at the club.
Wenger obviously felt there was not enough there for the club to persist with him and there is no mention of any fee to complete the deal, so it is likely nominal. A diminutive midfielder, Olsson never looked physically ready for the Premier League and that may have been a contributing factor.
It follows on Lukas Podolski's move to Inter Milan, which was confirmed this week. He will remain n loan at the San Siro for the remainder of the season with a view to a permanent move in the summer, bringing to an end a frustrating couple of years with the Gunners.
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A number of reasons made Podolski one of the Arsenal fans' favourite players at the Emirates; his affable nature, a shrewd social media presence, doing cockney rhyming slang with Ray Parlour and, most importantly, a hammer of a left foot.
Easily the most deadly finisher at the club, possibly in the Premier League, the Germany international could not bring enough to general play for Wenger to allow him to remain in the first team regularly. He would normally hit the target when presented with a chance, but his defensive deficiencies meant Arsenal were vulnerable down his side.
Fans Wanting More
Gooners will now be looking for the French tactician to do some more business, except this time to bring players in to the club. It has been an indifferent first half of the season for Arsenal and new faces are needed if the current heavy strain on the squad is not eased.
Injuries in midfield and defence have taken their toll, with option limited for long periods. Laurent Koscielny's chronic tendonitis of the achilles tendons and Mathieu Debuchy's ankle ligament damage were the biggest blows.
Added to that was Wenger's failure to bring in a back-up centre-back during the summer, meaning injuries left them dangerously short. It is for this reason that a new central defender is seen as a necessity and not bringing one in would be a genuine shock.