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.