Do Arsenal youngsters actually benefit from loan moves?
Our resident Arsenal correspondent – Editor of Gunnersphere – looks at the pros and cons of loan deals as Carlos Vela and Aaron Ramsey look to gain experience elsewhere…
Arsene Wenger clearly stated in his Friday press conference that it was his intention to send both Aaron Ramsey and Carlos Vela out on loan in the near future. However, there are some doubts over the use of these loan spells.
Aaron Ramsey was loaned out to Nottingham Forest at the end of 2010 for a month, where he only managed to play on the odd occasion, normally appearing from the bench. The midfielder usually came on when Forest were chasing a goal, and invariably for a Championship side, the long-ball route was used, which in the process meant that Ramsey was bypassed in his central midfield role.
This is the principal reason for which there is no guarantee of any success from a loan spell. Arsenal, rightly or wrongly, play in a specific manner which is not emulated by many other clubs in the world, let alone sides in the division below.
If Arsene Wenger wanted the Welshman to receive match practice in which he was able to demonstrate the full range of his passing ability, then sending him out to the Championship was surely the wrong option. The Frenchman now looks set to allow the 20-year-old midfielder to yet again go out on loan to the Championship, with his former club, Cardiff City, frontrunners to sign him up.
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