Arsene Wenger says that loan deals, like the ones done recently for Chuba Akpom and Isaac Hayden, are a way of completing a player’s education.
Both players have outgrown the underage level and need to play regularly in a competitive league to develop further as players. A season at Hull – who will be pushing for promotion – is the best way of doing that.
“There is a moment in your career where you are not anymore for youth level and not ready for the Premier League,” Wenger told Arsenal Player.
“I think in this period in English football, we lose players, because we have nothing really on the competition front to offer them. They’ve already played for two or three years in the under-21s and they don’t feel they move forward anymore if they don’t play in the first team.
“They are ready to play in a senior team and I believe that Championship level is a very good terminal stage of the education of a player.”
And Hull manager Steve Bruce has revealed his old pals act with the Frenchman played a part in getting Akpom in particular.
“I didn’t think Akpom would be available,” he said, “But I’ve always got on well with Arsene , he’s always done me a turn. That relationship helps now and again.”
Bruce has previously taken players like Nicklas Bendtner, Seb Larsson and Johan Djourou on loan from Arsenal, and with the latest two he becomes something of a Loan Ranger.
Except he needs one of those Budweiser horses.