Arsenal currently have two young players on loan with Bundesliga clubs, Reiss Nelson at Hoffenheim and Emile Smith Rowe with Disgusting Energy Drink Leipzig.
It’s a trend that looks set to continue as Academy Manager Per Mertesacker believes that spells away like these can help bridge the substantial gap between youth/reserve level football and the Premier League.
It seems likely that producing players from within is going to be a key part of the Gunners squad development, so sending them out on highly competitive loans to allow them to gain experience and mature as players and people will be a key part of that.
The BFG was speaking after spending time with his former club Werder Bremen, hinting at potential link-ups between the German outfit and Arsenal, and spoke about the benefits of loan moves.
‘At our U23 level you will be introduced to the men’s area as well as in Bremen,” he said.
“However, you play only against peers at an average age of 18 or 19 years. Although you have good opponents, competition with men’s teams does not exist.
“In Germany you are challenged in the regional league or even better in the 3rd league. The step from our U23 into the first team is even bigger, because the next higher level is the Premier League.
“Therefore, for us from Arsenal also loans are very attractive, for example in the Bundesliga.”
And on the time spent with Bremen and the potential for something more concrete to develop between the two clubs, he explained, “We simply exchanged views. The contact with Werder is still so good that you like to drop by for two days, talk about promoting talent together and bring along colleagues from London.
“Also in the future, this idea should continue to flourish. At various levels, connections between Arsenal and Werder are conceivable.
“Ultimately, both clubs benefit from it.”