Arsenal youngsters Chuks Aneke, 18, and Oguzhan Ozyakup, 19, believe that it could be time to head out on loan to gain regular first-team football.
Both have been tipped to play a part in the upcoming Bolton Carling Cup clash, with Ozyakup featuring in the Shrewsbury Town match and nabbing an assist instantly, however come January both may head out to gain regular playing experience.
The 18-year-old has been a Reserve team regular for the past three years under Neil Banfield but is eager to progress his game by spending some time away from Arsenal, where he can add a new style to his game and gain more consistent game time at a higher level.
Aneke told Arsenals official website:
Personally I would like a little bit of a loan spell to experience some first-team football, at the moment I am playing for the Reserves and I would like to get myself some first-team football as well.
I think I am good enough now so hopefully I can get a loan but we will see how things work out.
[On Benik Afobe’s loan spell] He had a lot of positive things to say. It was a good experience for him and obviously he got a couple of goals there too.
The style of play there is different and he had to adapt but he has come back and I have seen the changes in him. I am ready for a little bit of that.
The 19-year-old transferred to Arsenal as a scholar from AZ Alkmaar in 2008 and made his first-team debut in the Carling Cup two weeks ago. Ozyakup, who took the opportunity to praise club captain Robin Van Persie for becoming a real ‘father figure’ to him while he’s been in North London, has been a regular in the reserve team with Aneke and has been working in training to impress Wenger. First team chances will be hard to come by, with the Dutchman only likely to participate in Carling Cup and possibly FA Cup matches. So a loan move may suit the youngster in the New Year.
The Dutchman told Arsenals official website:
I don’t know what is going to happen. Obviously I want to play in the first team regularly but it depends what is happening there, I would like to go out and play somewhere every week and to play every game.
Loan spells for some of the young talent is exactly what is required. Look at the successful spells that Wilshere and Coquelin, and even the likes of Manchester United’s Welbeck, Cleverly and Chelsea’s Sturridge have enjoyed that have prepared them for first team action for their parent clubs. Ramsey would also benefit greatly from a loan move to another Premier League club as he is just not up to par at the moment.
Another positive advantage of a loan move for Arsenal youngsters, even if it’s in the Championship league, will be the exposure to a more physical game and a different style of play other than the ‘Arsenal way’ . Don’t get me wrong, Arsenal’s pass and move game is important, but to add a more physical edge and have the flexibility to adapt to another method of play will only improve a player.