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By Ugandan Gooner
The January transfer window has finally arrived to the delight of many club managers who are in need of strengthening their playing staffs to improve on their chances of finishing in respectable positions or even win some silverware at the end of the season.
At Arsenal, the manager has already said that he will approach the one month transfer period with opened eyes, he however confused me when he said that being involved in the market doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to sign a player.
From past experiences I will not be surprised if Wenger once again sticks to his policy of giving the young players already at the club the chance to prove themselves at the big stage even at a time when we have a realistic chance to win the championship or he might go on and sign a rare player from Eastern Europe or one of the lower leagues in Europe to bolster the squad.
Being involved in the market might just mean that Wenger will be looking at possible destinations for the carling cup boys now that Arsenal’s involvement in the competition has ended for this season. Infact talks are already ongoing that Jack Wilshere might be loaned to get regular football. I would recommend many of them like Watts, Cruise, and Eastmond among others to go on loan to get regular football. The boys already have a good foundation and all they need is a chance to play regular football against teams in the top flight or even in the coca cola championship.
Playing week in week out will help them build on many aspects of their game such as mental strength, physical strength and the entire level of concentration required to compete at the top flight.
The benefit of loan moves for young players is currently seen in the progress made by Bendtner, and Song who had loan spells at Birmingham and Charlton respectively. Armand Troare too had his chance at Portsmouth last season and since then he has grown in confidence and physical strength. Though it is surprising that he is the third choice left back with all that Premier league experience.
After injury to both Clichy and Gibbs, Troare had to be called into action and he has not disappointed since. I doubt if he would have performed with such distinction had he not been exposed to regular action at Pompey last season.
The progress made by Bendtner, Song and Troare strengthens my believe that these young players once loaned will come back much better players as long as they are guaranteed first team football. With the exception of Senderos who I think declined after his loan at AC Milan I think it is worth sending these Boys especially Jack Wilshere who is breathing down the neck of the manager for some playing time to the likes of Wolves and Burnley where he can get some good playing time.
Mean Lean's Response
I agree with you wholeheartedly Ugandan Gooner. Many of our youngsters have reached a stage where reserve team football is not providing them with the education that they need. Now that our Carling kids appear to be getting younger and younger, it must be difficult to go from playing at the Emirates in front of 50,000 to playing back at Barnet.
I think Wenger's issue about loaning players is that not all of them get the games they need, especially if a club is fighting relegation or pushing for promotion etc. Teams do not have the time and patience to allow those young players to play their way into the team and they end up sitting on the bench and wasting valuable time. Mark Randall and to a lesser extent Kieran Gibbs had the same problem when they left the nest last season.
Wenger has publicly stated that he is being much more careful about loan moves, if a player isn't going to get the game time then he is better off getting a higher level of education at Arsenal alongside the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Thomas Vermaelen, William Gallas and Andrey Arshavin at London Colney.
Jack Wilshere will head off on loan depending on the injury situation. He clearly needs a high level of football and showed that he is yet to reach the final level against West Ham at Upton Park. I have always said that you cannot tell how good or how bad a player is until he has a consistent run of consecutive games, Jack will show how good he is when he has those games along with self belief.
Burnley's chances of picking up Wilshere could be much less now that Owen Coyle has jumped ship into the Bolton Wanderers boat. However Coyle has admitted that he could still be interested in taking the talented youngster with him.
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas has shown that a success can be made if the correct club is chosen. He went to Blackpool and impressed, now he is pushing on the first team squad. Another Jay, Simpson is scoring goals at a fantastic rate at QPR and is put himself in the shop window if Wenger doesn't feel he is good enough for Arsenal.
One thing we must not do is leave ourselves short in any one area. We know how quickly injuries can pile up, as seen in the striking position and Wenger will be careful not to offload all of his back up options.
The good thing about our players going out on loan is that we can get to watch them more often, so for that reason I would love to see the likes of Wilshere plying their trade elsewhere. Ready to push the likes of Arshavin next season.