Arsenal striker injured shock.. and the worth of loaned out players?

Arsenal have eleven players currently out on loan, and as fans we would love them all to be lighting up the lower divisions with brilliant football and proving themselves good enough to fight for a place in the Gunners first team next season, but alas the truth is that there are very few impressing at all.

Yaya Sanogo was meant to be an Arsene Wenger gem when he was plucked from the French Second Division, but after a disastrous six months at Ajax, he was brought back to London and sent to Charlton. He was recently banned for three games for a reckless elbow and on his second game back he has suffered a muscular injury after just 34 minutes of their derby against QPR. Can anyone see him ever playing for Arsenal?

Two youngsters I really believed would be good enough one day were Isaac Hayden and Chuba Akpom. Hayden has shown flashes of skill this year at Hull City, but Akpom has had disciplinary problems. But neither of them was deemed worthy enough to play in Hull’s draw with Huddersfield this weekend. Also Glen Kamara (at Southend), Wellington Silva (at Bolton), Emiliano Martinez (at Wolves) and Jon Toral (at Birmingham) were all left on the bench. Even the much-praised Gedion Zelalem was left out at Rangers. In fact, other than Sanogo, Ainsley Maitland-Niles was the only other loanee to get game time in England, playing 46 minutes for Ipswich.

The last loanee, which doesn’t really interest me, was Matthieu Debuchy who returned from injury to play 90 minutes for Bordeaux.

So it has hardly been a successful season for our young hopefuls, and I would struggle to see any of them ever lining up at the Emirates in the next few years, except maybe Maitland-Niles or Zelalem. Who thinks any of these have got a real chance?

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  1. Too early to give any conclusion about the youngsters except Sanogo and Debuchy (not really young though). Thing is that if academy gives ONE top player in a cycle then it is an excellent job. We have Iwobi from there which signals things are going in the good direction. I have seen what Akpom did and it is exactly the same thing Caroll did to Gabriel. Sometimes you just get lucky.

    1. Just like our so called “English spine” I guess, much vaunted but always found wanting…..Zelalem is so highly rated and thought of not just by Wenger but even neutrals but of he cannot get a game at Rangers what gives? I personally think he needs to bulk up some…Bielek is earning rave reviews though and his progression is going as planned, Akpom needs a proper talking to, his problem is more attotude than lack of ability, just like Gnabry, I think because both had a run with the senior squad they feel like they are big enough to.command regular shirts where they play which is not the case, you have to earn the right to play on a Saturday afternoon, its never handed out to you…all in all, its been a disastrous season for us of you look at progress Te English players are making at Spuds whilst our”s sit on their asses earning ridiculous money for doing eff all….add that to their position on the table and how well their on loan players are doing and you can only hope and pray al this is just a one off

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  2. One out of every 100
    academy players at Arsenal
    becomes a top professional.
    As for the other 99% well
    I guess they had some fun.
    Mind you 50% of the senior pros we sign fail at Arsenal as well.
    Not sure what other business allow a 90% failure rate.

  3. This so called arsenal future would only arise under special and lucky conditions.
    Out of those loaned out it seems wenger only prefers akpom jenkinson and zelalem.
    So if I were the rest I would go and sort out
    my future elsewhere

  4. proper talent is what players like dele alli martial and coman are showing.
    Also what fab and wilshere showed in the past.
    So if you compare them.
    These loaned out players look like kindergarten boys and girls.
    However thats not to show that they have a dull future.Players like kane and coquelin did not display so much about them in their loan spells.
    But with attitude and professianalism they came out good

  5. An unproductive loan doesn’t really mean too much, just as a productive one doesn’t guarantee anything either. Coquelin, bellerin, gibbs and even wilshire all had loan spells away from the club, none exactly sent the world alight but have all carved out arsenal careers.

    Of the current crop, I think toral has been the best this season, he has a good end product, but like many players of his ilk he comes across as lazy and in the championship it is pretty unforgiving. Alex iwobi has shown that sometimes going on Loan us nor always necessary, the club really need to look closer at which players are going where and why?

    For some staying at the club is a better option, but going away and experiencing something different is not always so bad for a young lad, even if he doesn’t get as many minutes as he would like, he will still benefit being in and around the first team of a club as opposed to sitting at arsenal doing even less.

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