It’s time to divulge ourselves into the potential use of the loan system at Arsenal. Loans have been used interestingly in the past for the Gunners. If a player goes out on loan, they are expected to mature and grow as a player.
Look at Jack Wilshere. A loanee at Bolton in 2010, the England youngster has become first choice for team and country after gaining top-level experience and a bit of a tough, fighting against relegation.
Successful loans aren’t restricted to youngsters however. Older, perhaps forgotten, players can prove themselves once more in a quest to rediscover a first team place, or just to serve as a reminder to other teams of their ability.
Serge Gnabry (17) – Winger
Signed into the Arsenal youth system from his hometown Stuttgart in 2011, Gnabry has already established himself as a lethal force in youth football. He holds lightning pace and tricky feet, and could easily become a perfect blend of the current Arsenal wingers (Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain). Definitely one to watch out for in the future, but currently looking a tad weak.
So why does he need a loan?
With only a few senior appearances (including one in the Champions League), Gnabry needs some more physical game time. He’s a raw talent that needs grounding in the senior game, but he won’t get much opportunity at the Emirates, as of yet. Pace rules in youth play, but a footballing brain really grows in the adult world.
Where should he go?
It has to be the Championship. The physical nature of the game there will give him a reality check. He’s been seen as a bit of a show-boater, but a couple of hard hits from Championship defenders could do a world of good. At his age, he has to stay in London. Charlton haven’t looked quite the same since they lost the pace of Bradley Wright-Phillips up front, so Serge could fit in there perfectly. Another option is Watford who will be looking to press for promotion once more.