One of the interesting aspects of transfer deadline day is seeing who goes out, and Arsenal tend to make some young players available at this time of year.
A story which has emerged today involves Eddie Nketiah and a link to Augsburg:
Hearing Eddie Nketiah will be going to Augsburg on loan
— keith costigan (@KeithCostigan) January 30, 2019
Ordinarily you might think this unlikely, and we still do a bit, but bear in mind that the Bundesliga outfit have recently appointed a certain Jens Lehmann as one of their coaches, and you have a connection which starts to make a bit more sense.
Where it feels difficult is the fact that Nketiah is the only real back-up we have to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette up front.
With plenty remaining of the Premier League season, and Europa League still to contend with, it would be a bit surprising if Unai Emery was prepared to leave himself without any sort of a safety net. Nketiah could play if we have a big first leg lead against BATE for example, allowing the manager to rest his two main men.
Unless, of course, Danny Welbeck is way ahead of schedule when it comes to his return from a broken ankle, but that seems very unlikely.
Still, you could see the benefit to the player in going out and playing regularly, but it’s whether we decide to take the risk with a squad that is light in terms of strikers.