Arsenal have a far deeper and stronger squad than many would think. As such, some younger players will benefit greatly from a year out on loan. Here are three who are perfectly suited to a year away.
The Arsenal squad is, per Arsene Wenger, ‘heavy’. That statement is, at least from the surface, a true one. While injuries curtailed a number of seasons last year, Wenger was still able to loan out a number of prominent members of the squad, including Jack Wilshere and Wojciech Szczesny. For the development of young players, receiving playing time at a senior level is crucial. But with the strength in depth that Arsenal currently boast, that will be difficult to provide without a loan.
So here are three players who are in the perfect position to be loaned out this summer.
3. Chuba Akpom
Chuba Akpom has long been touted as a rising star in the Arsenal ranks. He boasts a mightily impressive goalscoring rate at youth and reserve level, has the physical and athletic gifts that Wenger likes to mould, and has shown a knack for finding the goal in a number of preseason friendlies for the first team.
However, as injuries have struck him down early in his progression, being able to provide him with a full season of football is pivotal as he looks to resurrect what could be seen as a stagnating development. But Wenger cannot give that to him at Arsenal. He will have to go elsewhere.
He has spent loan spells at Hull City and Brighton in the recent past, struggling in the latter due to failing to find his match sharpness after a long-term back injury, but is need of the same starting opportunities again. If that could be found in the Premier League, then it would be ideal, but dropping down to the Championship or going abroad would not be the worst idea in the world.