Arsenal boss calls for solution to detrimental Chelsea loan system

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has called for changes to be made to the system which allows the big clubs to ‘stockpile’ youngsters.

Chelsea had a total of 28 players out on loan on September 1, more than the amount needed for a Premier League playing squad, and so far very few of those players loaned out get the chance to break into the club’s first team.

Thibaut Courtois was the only player prior to this season to break the mould and return from years away on loan to join up with the first-team, but thanks to Antonio Conte, Victor Moses and Nathaniel Chalobah are getting their chance this term.

Arsene Wenger has now moved to criticise the system which allows the bigger clubs to have all of these players out on loan, which no doubt halts the progress that some of these youngsters were making.

“It is one of the big problems in the modern game,” the Frenchman said. “You’ve invested a lot of money into players because we’re paying more and more money.

“Then at the age of 20 you don’t usually get much money for any of the players, so the reflex is to stockpile the players. That’s not right.

“When you look at the number of loans that happen here and there, the whole system has to be thought about again because we have two kinds of solution in there.”

“The first is to continue developing players, the second step is just to make sure your investment is safe – that’s not the right way to think about it but it’s the natural reflex for the clubs,” Wenger added.

“Maybe you could create a possibility for some clubs to own part of a League One club as a feeder club. After that, a limitation on the number of players on your books could work.

“The way a youth team is organised now is that all the best young players go to the richest clubs, which is where they have fewer chances to develop, so you have to make sure the system shares out the best young players equally.

“It’s difficult because the development of the players depends on the concentration of the good players. The more good players you have together, the more chance they have of becoming even better players.”

Could a lower-league feeder club idea work? Or would it make more sense to look at the Spanish system, which has the top side’s reserve sides in the same system (Simply cant qualify for the same division)?

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  1. Ramterta says:

    stop meddling in other peoples businesses.
    Doesnt matter whether their loan system works or not.
    Fact is they are winning trophies which is the most important thing for us fans.
    Furthermore chelsea are doing a very good business in the market by making very high profits

    1. Dennis10Bergkamp says:

      It’s not about other teams
      It’s about making the league better again

      1. Arsenal007 says:

        I’m with @Ramterta on this.
        I’ll say focus on the team in making them better…focus on winning trophies for the club, and stop being concerned about loan deals of other teams.

        1. Arsenal007 says:

          Welbeck is back.
          Wishing him an injury free half of season…and rest of career.

        2. citrenoogeht says:

          Let’s not confuse “meddling with other teams” with being concerned with the health of the game of football.

          As the Arsenal manager, Wenger’s primary concern should be the success of Arsenal. But as a high profile manager not to talk of a football fan we should all have an opinion because we have a vested interest on how to make football healthier.

          IMO, Stock piling is not healthy for the game and is potentially damaging to the players concerned. I can imagine the numbers of players that are “locked-in” to contracts is phenomenal. Majority of these would have gone through the familiar routine of being signed as a scholar at a club’s academy. If they are lucky they get loaned out to another club to gain some experience. Majority of the players however stay with the parent club. One day the inevitable happens when they are called into the office and are eventually released without ever performing for their parent club.

          I couldn’t careless whether it is Chelsea or Chelmsford but something should be done to protect players at this vulnerable stage of their career. What ever it is. it has to be far and wide ranging so that it can impact the global trade in players.

          1. bran99 says:

            still it’s not Wenger’s business. Arsenal nowadays lose when they are leading, that needs to be sorted. every other team are winning week in week out, everyone is catching up on us, and the boss is busy looking at which team has most loans in the league and how to rectify it..

            rectify your already mentally retarded team, the team with no guts, contracts are pending and we could lose the best player in the PL in Sanchez, the team is not settled at all, and the boss is busy with Chelsea players? always trying to shift attention to other stuffs to avoid him being the center of attention coz it’s all his doing and only him alone. I really don’t wanna call him his famous name right now, the specialist in…….

    2. SoOpa AeoN says:

      Arsenal boss always be putting his pointed nose where it doesn’t belong…. 4 chrissake he has a house (Arsenal) that needs sorting out. This should be his priority not chelski’s Loan biz!

  2. Big Gun says:

    Wenger needs to start understanding that a club with money and owners who actually want success, will do anything it takes to achieve the latter. If that means having plenty of players, especially youngsters out on loan, then it actually makes sense because those players are not rotting away on a bench, they are still getting exposure and experience and are still being monitored by the parent club. Those who are hungrier and perform better will automatically have a good chance of being promoted to the first team. It also prevents other clubs from just snatching them up.

    But it’s no surprise because the same man who frowns upon this, also had complete faith in the FFP rules and how the City’s, Chelsea’s and Barcelona’s would be so knee deep in debt and restrictions by now, they would be able to pull off any sort of shenanigans and Arsenal would be the knights in shining armor at the top of the food chain! Yet here we are like six years later still trying to compete with these bigger clubs without actually wanting to take the necessary risks.

  3. marty53 says:

    Just don’t agree with the concept of a loan system full stop. In which other sport do clubs loan their players to competitors to make them a better team. Take Patrick Bamford for example, he has wasted years of his career. If he had stayed at his original club or signed for a 2nd tier premiership club he would have played regularly getting experience, instead he’s been shunted around out on loan playing spasmodically.

    As for premiership clubs being able to bring in loan players it’s a complete nonsense. The money they get from tv etc if they want a player then buy him or don’t.

    1. Admin says:

      Especially as Chelsea can loan out their best young players to teams that could punish their title rivals…
      Oops wilshere….. Chambers…. Nah Arsenal do the same thing as Chelsea so why complain?

      1. bran99 says:

        hehehe very true @Admin

  4. DANDY GUNNER says:

    You got to hand it to Mr Wenger, Arsenal are about to come apart just like they do every season.
    So Mr Wenger deflects the situation to Chelsea and their Loan System. Good One Mr Wenger.

    1. Admin says:

      I see you didn’t comment while Arsenal were unbeaten for 14 games. But suddenly appear when we lose a game?

  5. DANDY GUNNER says:

    Here is a Comment for you If Mr Wenger bought a Top Class Striker instead of sitting on the Cheque Book we would not have lost to Everton / Man City. Anyway Mr Wenger made his Comment after losing these two games.

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