The 2011/2012 English Premier League season is less than a week away and the excitement is intensifying as the upcoming campaign is destined to be more thrilling, passionate, tense and exciting than the previous.
With most teams enjoying an active summer transfer window—which still has three weeks remaining— particularly due to the increased influence of rich investors, the equality between teams has dwindled.
One team that will be eager to make a quick impression after a dismal conclusion to 2010/2011 is Arsenal. The Gunners enter the new season with the lingering burden of six successive seasons without silverware and with the certain departure of captain Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona alongside little transfer activity from manager Arsene Wenger, few view the North London giants as genuine title challengers.
However, one can never properly write off the Gunners—particularly with Wenger at the helm. Fans will be hoping the Frenchman implements quality defensive and midfield signings in the coming weeks as Arsenal are faced with a tough opening month of the English Premier League.
Wenger is also expected to finalize his routine loan spells for his exciting array of promising youngsters. A renowned developer of young talent, most of the Arsenal tacticians young guns have thrived and grown immensely on loan spells to lower league sides.
Each campaign, a large amount of youngsters depart on loan in order to gain first team experience and showcase their worth to other clubs. This season will be no different with young goalkeeper James Shea currently on a season long loan with Dagenham and Redbridge in league two, Spanish utility Pedro Botelho with La Liga newcomers Rayo Vallecano and promising defender Kyle Bartley with Scottish champions Rangers.
Bolivian ace Samuel Galindo is also on a season long loan with Gimnastic de Tarragona in the Spanish Segunda whilst Frenchman Francis Coquelin is expected to sign with Lorient FC on loan again, after the U-20 World Cup.
Here are the top ten Gunners who require a loan spell in 2011/2012. Take a look.