Personally I feel Oxlade-Chamberlain has been particularly unlucky to not be getting more game-time after impressive performances in the Carling Cup and the Champions League and obviously Miyaichi and Park need some first-team experience. Wenger commented on each saying:
Nothing has been decided [on a loan spell], we will have a look at the whole squad.
He needs to play now and I will sit down with him and see what we will do. He has been injured for a while now and we will see in January.
In 2012, at the beginning of the year, he will play games.
He is not far. He is a talented boy, it’s all there – he just needs that toughness in the games and because every game for us is so tight… the other night, again, I could have brought him on and you have the hesitation to do it. But you do not want him to be a little bit overawed by the intensity of the game.
He is ready to play. He is just missing that experience at the top level. You have to throw him into a few games.
The adaptation period for him is over now so he has to come in and show he has the quality to play for us.
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I believe he has [the quality]. We also have Arshavin and Oxlade-Chamberlain, who is now ready to play.
We lose Chamakh and Gervinho for January – two strikers. Maybe Chamakh has not played too many games, but he is still a security that we have. So Park has to step up.
The problem we have first of all is that we have a big squad. To add players to our big squad, we will have to see how we can balance our books as well.
Looking at each of the individuals it seems likely that Miyaichi will be loaned out for first-team experience, particularly with the likes of Oxlade-Chamberlain and Arshavin the most likely to push for Gervinho’s vacant spot when he leaves for the African Cup of Nations. There is also Benayoun who can fill in if needed.
There is no doubt Chamberlain will get match-time with the Ivorian gone and obviously it is time to step-up for Park, particularly with Van Persie expected to play the two upcoming games in his quest to break Alan Shearer’s record. Wenger will most likely rotate Van Persie after the New Year and if no signings are made [Henry or Podolski] Park will have to front-up. What do you guys think? Feel free to leave a comment below!