Arsenal stars proving Wenger right with loan moves

There are more than just the two Arsenal players out on loan at the moment and you can check out how the likes of Wojciech Szczesny, Glen Kamara and all are doing on the Arsenal website, but for now I want to focus on the Gunners that have gone on loan but stayed in the English Premier League, as Jack Wilshere and Calum Chambers are the two most likely to come back and have good football careers with Arsenal.

There were a few eyebrows raised over both of these loan moves and with our history of injury problems I would not have been surprised to see Arsene Wenger veto their moves away from north London just in case we needed them. Only time will tell whether the Frenchman will end up regretting that decision but for now they are where they are and we can only hope that their spells with AFC Bournemouth and Middlesborough will do help them.

It is so far, so good really for both of our loanees. Chambers has played the full 90 minutes of the last two league games and is settling in well and beginning to impress while picking up the valuable experience that a centre back in the EPL needs. I think we can safely say that he would not have played for us if he had stayed with Mustafi and Koscielny doing so well.

I have seen some negative comments about the impact Wilshere has had for the Cherries but come on, he is still not even fit enough to complete 90 minutes. He is now starting games though and has played 244 minutes over four matches, so even though he missed a good chance at the weekend his impact is growing. Once his fitness is there I think his form will follow and this season is all about Jack getting regular game time. Once again I doubt he would have got any had he stayed.

So up until now Wenger’s decision to let these two talented young Gunners go and play for someone else is paying off. Do you think both have a future at Arsenal?


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  1. Loan moves for players like Calum Chambers are risky. He’s impressed, fallen off, and then was replaced at his parents club. He’s a cheap upgrade for a lower-table club but when things go bad as they often do in mid to low table teams, fans love to blame the loan player. Managers are also quick to point fingers. They also have no investment in these players, so if a player goes off the boil or is on par with a contract player, he won’t play.

    Last season West Brom were dying for some dynamism but left Serge Gnabry, who has shown everyone in his Olympic and Germany compaigns, that he’s a quality player. There was no room for him at Arsenal, so he had to go, but he’s a very, very good player and West Brom were stupid to let him rot. Good luck getting Arsene Wenger to trust the Baggies with another young star any time soon.

    Wilshire’s move was less risky. He’s an established star undone by injury. He is the best player at Bournemouth but serval orders of magnitude, and if he’s fit, he’ll be on the team sheet. Every player at the club has admitted Wilshire’s class, which can’t be easy given that he’s taking minutes some of them would be playing if he hadn’t come to the Cherries.

    Eddie Howe plays an open, attacking football with the same stubborn determination Arsene Wenger does, so the style of play suits Wilshire. He’s hit the woodwork in two consecutive games so he’s close to scoring and his dribbling and passing are starting to look fluid. He’s not back to fitness yet. He probably won’t be until near to Christmas, but if he stays healthy he could make the difference between Bournemouth being in a relegaiton fight and being solidly midtable.

  2. I thought Wenger got MOST of the loan moves right. But I think Joel Campbell should have stayed simply because he has so much to offer the 1st team.

    1. nope he doesn’t have that much to show, he would have been the safety option and he was the one who wanted to change and didnt want to fight for his place

      1. To be fair to campbell, he was not being given a decent run in the team. When he did play he impressed but then did not play again for ages. There comes a point when he must have said to himself that staying at arsenal was not doing either himself or arsenal any good. He has tried fighting for his place and it has not worked out.

  3. Loan moves are always good as long as they play regularly and impress their current managers.Even if they dont come back at least we get a good price for them!

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