Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Wenger To Send Arsenal Youngsters Out On Loan


Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed that he is ready to send some of the youngsters at the Emirates Stadium out on loan to gain first team experience. Due to the Gunners elimination from the Carling Cup at the hands of Championship side Burnley last week.

Wenger feels that players like Jay Simpson, Gavin Hoyte and Kieran Gibbs need a spell in the Championship, with the young Gunners having no real prospect of first team experience at Arsenal now that they are no longer in the Carling Cup.

However, Wenger has insisted that Jack Wilshere will not be amongst any players that are loaned out from the Premier League club due to the fact that the midfielder is only 16.

“Jay Simpson, Gavin Hoyte and Kieran Gibbs might go on loan,” Wenger told the club website.

“They need to play in the Championship for three or four months. Not Jack Wilshire though, he is only 16.”

Simpson and Gibbs, who are both 19 had spells on loan last season at Millwall and Norwich City respectively, with Simpson scooping the League 1 Player of the Year award, while impressing during his time with The Lions and was a crowd favourite at The Den.

Hoyte the younger brother of former Arsenal defender Justin, who signed for, Premiership rivals Middlesbrough in the summer has yet to spend any time away from the Emirates, but Wenger is keen for 18-year-old to spend some time on loan in the Championship.

However, Mexican International Carlos Vela, who has featured for Arsenal in the Premier League this season, is unlikely to go out on loan again after spending time on loan at Spanish clubs Celta Vigo, Salamanca and Osasuna due to not being granted a work permit, when the 19-year-old signed for the Gunners in 2005.

Former Barcelona youngster Fran Merida is another player unlikely to go out on loan, having spent four months at Real Sociedad last season, but has been on the fringes of the Arsenal first team this season.

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