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Out-of-favour trio including in Arsenal EPL squad

Posted on September 02, 2016 by David Nugent

Arsenal has included out-of-favour trio Carl Jenkinson, Mathieu Debuchy and Yaya Sanogo in their 25-man Premier League squad for this season. All three spent loan spells elsewhere last season and none of the trio look to be in Arsene Wenger’s plans for this season.

Not terrible full-back options

With Calum Chambers moving to Middlesbrough on loan late in the transfer window Arsene Wenger obviously believed that he needed cover for first choice right-back Hector Bellerin.

Both Debuchy and Cark Jenkinson provide that necessary cover, even if they are only used sparingly throughout the season in selective competitions. Debuchy is still only 31 and is a French international, so is not a terrible backup player to have, even if he has produced some debatable performance for the Gunners.

Jenkinson showed some real promise in both his early Gunners career and while on a two-season loan at London rivals West Ham. The 24-year-old’s second year was cut short by injury and he is not expected to be back in action until November, as he currently has a knee injury.

The one-cap England international still has time to fulfil some of his supposed early career promise and who knows he may be of use to the Gunners when he returns to fitness.

Sanogo needs to move on

Yaya Sanogo has spent the last two seasons out on-loan at various clubs, including Crystal Palace, Ajax and even Championship Charlton last season. The 23-year-old failed to score for Palace or Ajax but did get three goals in his eight appearances in the Championship.

The former-France under-21 striker failed to score for the Gunners and struggled to make an impact with the Gunners. He did have early promise, but I think it is now time the north London club allowed him to leave on a permanent deal.

He has very little chance of playing first team football this season unless Gunners boss Arsene Wenger wants to give the striker a run-out in the League Cup or FA Cup.

Not regular first teamers

None of the trio are going to be regular first teamers in the new season. In fact, if Jenkinson was fit I Arsene Wenger would have allowed Debuchy to leave the club.

Despite not being regulars the trio are still on the club’s books, so instead of ostracising the trio by not including them in the squad they made the 25-man squad, which is probably a good move by Wenger.

Will any of the trio play many games this season?

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