Despite a string of underwhelming performances and a woeful record in front of goal, there was a surprisingly large volume of interest when Arsenal made young striker Yaya Sanogo available for loan.
Crystal Palace were the lucky (or unlucky, depending how you look at it) winners of the multi-club tug of love for the Frenchman’s services, borrowing him until the end of the campaign.
The odds gurus at bwin.com err on the side of Sanogo having a profitable stint at Selhurst Park, going 4/6 about a player without a Premier League goal notching more than 5.5 top-flight strikes between now and game 38.
It’s 11/10 that he falls short of the mark in question and this is the side of the coin where astute punters will make a profit.
There are the obvious factors to consider; he’s anything but prolific, his temporary team aren’t the most creative, he gets injured a lot.
But the dreary digits recorded by Arsenal strikers on loan at Premier League rivals is what ultimately confounds Sanogo’s hopes of bagging six or more in south London.
Behold, the shortcomings of these rent-a-Gunners on tour in the top tier:
The Dane is the most successful of all the aspiring assets Arsene Wenger has palmed off to top-tier minions, though he wasn’t exactly a goal machine.
Loaned by Sunderland for the 2011/12 vintage, the Scandinavian scallywag struck a respectable eight goals in 28 outings for the Black Cats.
Real Sociedad’s late-blooming Mexican struggled to make an impact in England, contriving to score just three from 29 Arsenal appearances.
A temporary move to West Brom didn’t spectacularly improve fortunes either – he notched two in eight for the Hawthorns club.
A sensational scorer in France, the Moroccan didn’t do the business at the Emirates.
His reputation resurrection operation at Crystal Palace came about after a disastrous loan spell at West Ham in 2013, where he was afforded a paltry three appearances and, predictably, found the net zero times.
Chamakh wasn’t the first player Wenger duped the Hammers with though.
They took Aliadiere in 2005/06; he scored no goals in seven games.
A pair of north-west outfits squandered their two top-tier loans allocation on the Japanese forward.
Bolton played him 12 times, Wigan four, neither saw him rustle the net.
Last one, we promise.
West Brom took Simpson on loan in 2008/09 and fielded him on 13 occasions – he bagged once.