Arsene Wenger believes the current Premier League loan system is flawed and provides certain teams with an unfair advantage.
Currently no player can play against the club which holds his registration, but the Arsenal manager thinks that’s wrong and should be changed.
“Personally, I would not ban players on loan from playing against their own clubs,” he told this month’s edition of the Arsenal Magazine.
“At the moment it is a big opportunity for some clubs to reinforce other teams, without losing ownership of the player. For example, if a big club sends a big player to another club in the Premier League they only have benefits.
“That player cannot face his own club, yet he could win games against their rivals.”
And while many, Arseblog News included, think that the club taking a player on loan ought to pay the full wages of the player they’re taking – which would prove difficult in cases such as Emmanuel Adebayor – Wenger’s solution is more simple.
“What I would like to see is that you are not allowed loan players over the age of 21.”
Which, when you consider the loan deals we’re part of, including Bendtner, Denilson, Vela and even Yossi Benayoun, would prove to be quite restrictive, but perhaps it would make the club more efficient from a transfer/contract point of view.
The boss also explained what he hopes to get from sending young players out on loan. As well as the obvious benefits to their football development, time away from the safe environment of Arsenal and experiencing new challenges is a factor too.
“It’s a reality check for them,” he said, “because they are looked after extremely well here. They get to learn a little more about what real life is about.
“Even if it is still not ‘real life’ – being a professional – it’s closer to real life than being here. It’s a reminder to them what it could be like at another club.
“It’s also a reminder to them that it’s not the case that just because they play for Arsenal they will be an automatic pick at another club.”
Arsenal currently have 12 players out loan, it was 13 but Emmanuel Frimpong’s injury cut short his time at Wolves. They are: Nicklas Bendtner, Denilson, Carlos Vela, Joel Campbell, Henri Lansbury, Vito Mannone, Pedro Botelho, Wellington, Kyle Bartley, Chuks Aneke, Ryo Miyaichi and Samuel Galindo.