Arsenal Transfer Prospects: 7 Gunners Who Require a Loan Spell in January
Few sports incorporate the loan system where a player can join another team within the sport for an extended period of time, but is still under the ownership of their original team.
World Football is one of the few to utilize the short-term transfer, and it has shown there is an array of benefits of a loan system. It allows clubs with lack of funds to attract and secure new talent whilst players are able to gain much-needed experience and first-team exposure, for instance, before returning to their main club a much-improved presence.
Arsenal thrive with the use of the loan system.
Since Arsene Wenger's tenure commenced in 1996, the Gunners have been renowned for their exciting array of youngsters who flood their academy, and eventually star in the first team.
However, one vital step in their development is experiencing a loan spell with a predominantly lower-league side, as it enables the young guns to gain pivotal first-team playing time, and become acquainted with professional football on a weekly basis rather than reserves.
Every season a large number of Arsenal fringe players and teenagers endure loan spells and ultimately return better, stronger players.
Currently, Arsene Wenger boasts 11 players on loan all across England, Europe and even South America. Furthermore, there are more set to follow in the coming months.
In truth, many of the current youngsters on the Arsenal rosters will fail to sufficiently break into Wenger's first team, but will, nonetheless, be given the opportunity to showcase their talents and prove their worth.
Furthermore, the Frenchman may use loan spells to rejuvenate lacklustre squad members, or provide players unable to find consistent playing time a chance to acquire more minutes with another side.
But just who should next be sent on loan?
Bleacher Report establishes seven Arsenal players who require a loan spell in January.
7. Chuks Aneke
Regarded as one of the brightest prospects in the Arsenal academy, Chuks Aneke has consistently performed strongly in the Arsenal reserves, and was recently rewarded with an appearance for the Arsenal first team during the Carling Cup.
A strong, powerful, composed midfielder, the 18-year-old was chased by European kings Barcelona before signing a long-term deal with Arsenal in July 2010. Aneke shows immense potential, and can cover a number of midfielder positions alongside a backline role.
The Englishman told Arsenal.com:
"I just want to start playing some regular games and if that means going out on loan to get them then I am ready for that. I don't think playing for Arsenal regularly is a viable option at the moment."
Arsene Wenger highly rates the teenager, and whilst there is a chance Emmanuel Frimpong may depart to the African Nations in January with Ghana, it is vital that Aneke receives some prominent first-team football.
6. Benik Afobe
The English teenager has drawn comparisons to Thierry Henry with his consistent, efficient goal-scoring prowess and composed, clinical finish.
The 18-year-old has shone for the Arsenal reserves, and was named the U-18 Player of the Year in 2010 at the age of 17, ensuring Barcelona showed a heavy interest.
Last season, Afobe enjoyed a stellar loan spell with Huddersfield Town in League One, amassing 32 appearances, eight goals and 10 assists as the Terriers narrowly missed promotion to the Championship.
The England U-20 international was hugely impressive during the Gunners' preseason before injury hampered his progress.
However, closing in on full fitness, Afobe will be eager to continue his rise in English football, and a loan spell to the Championship would be hugely beneficial.
5. Oguzhan Ozyakup
The Dutch maestro looked set to depart the Gunners during the recent summer, but Wenger was determined to maintain the 19-year-old, who eventually extended his contract at Arsenal.
Ozyakup made his Arsenal debut in the recent Carling Cup encounter with Shrewsbury Town, and managed an assist in an impressive cameo.
A smart, incisive playmaker who has impressed with the Arsenal reserves, the Dutchman is ready to ply his trade in England's lower league, and will hope to secure a move come January.
Ozyakup has the potential to become an effective midfielder for the Gunners with his ability to handle the physical side of English football, alongside his natural composure and creativity.
4. Ignasi Miquel
The young Spaniard, a former Barcelona youth, emerged onto the Arsenal first team last season as injuries decimated Wenger's squad, and managed two FA Cup appearances.
Miquel's strong displays since arriving in North London in 2008 ensured he was made reserve-team captain in 2010, and intensified his claim for first team football.
The 19-year-old made his Premier League debut earlier this season and has not looked out of place in the Arsenal first team. However, it is evident a consistent amount of first-team football is needed for the Spaniard, and a Championship or La Liga spell could prove hugely beneficial come January.
3. Vito Mannone
Vito Mannone is a strong, young keeper, but with Wojciech Szczesny in sublime form, and the more experienced Lukasz Fabianski deputizing, it appears highly unlikely Vito Mannone will soon be rewarded with a first-team opportunities.
Arsenal fans will long remember the Italian's heroics against Fulham during the 2009-10 season, but injuries and Wenger's inability to utilize the 23-year-old have hampered Mannone.
However, despite injury woes, the young shot-stopper impressed in 10 appearances for Hull City last season, showing his capabilites as a keeper.
With a long-term contract at the Gunners, Wenger obviously has plans and faith in Mannone, but for now the Italian U-21 star needs a loan spell in either the English Premier League or Italian Serie A.
2. Ryo Miyaichi
The Japanese dynamo is destined to become one of the next big things in World Football.
Arsene Wenger acquired the 18-year-old in January, and Miyaichi was immediately loaned to Dutch giants Feyenoord.
In the Eredivisie, the teenager thrived with 12 appearances, three goals and five assists along with drawing comparisons to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
After a stellar preseason, the Japan U-22 star has since been hampered by injury, but did manage to make a first-team debut in the Carling Cup.
However, although Miyaichi is set to become a huge star, currently a number of attackers are ahead of teenager, and in order to enhance his development, a loan spell is required.
1. Marouane Chamakh
Just what has happened to Marouane Chamakh?
After signing last summer from French giants Girondins de Bordeaux, the Moroccan immediately took to English football, netting 10 goals in the opening half of 2010-11. However, since 2011, the 27-year-old has endured a huge demise in form and confidence.
Chamakh appears slow and lacklustre on the ball, and simply cannot evoke the notion that he is good enough for the Gunners. Furthermore, captain Robin van Persie has been in immense form since 2011 began which has restricted the Morocco international.
With South Korean captain Chu Young-Park signing in the summer, and in glistening international form alongside Ivorian forward Gervinho being able to fulfill the lone striker role, plus of course van Persie's presence, Chamakh is enabled to enjoy a loan spell in order to regain confidence and form.
Furthermore, the striker will have African Nation duties due to Morocco's recent qualification which will give Chamakh a chance to improve, but, nonetheless, the former sharpshooter needs something to change.