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Possible Loan Moves In January For A Number Of Reserve Players

by on December 28, 2011

With the January transfer window opening in a few days, it means clubs can start buying, selling and loaning players again. Last month Luke Freeman and Chuks Aneke both went on loan to League One side Stevenage to continue to learn their football education and get that vital loan experience. Another reserve player who went out on loan in November was Sanchez Watt who has been scoring for fun for Neil Banfield’s side this season. Watt went on loan to League One side Sheffield Wednesday. All three players have gone on loan until mid January, but Stevenage and Sheffield Wednesday have got the option to extend the loan deals.

When a reserve or young player goes out on loan it will give them the opportunity to play more football than they would be whilst in the Reserves. Being at Arsenal they play a certain way some call it the “Arsenal Way” but when players go on loan to Championship teams or League One teams they have to learn how to play the game in a different way almost.

Dutch midfielder Oğuzhan Özyakup has made his Arsenal first-team debut this season and been on the bench in the Premiership and Champions League games for Arsène Wenger side this season. Özyakup has been instrumental for Neil Banfield’s side this season playing higher up the pitch in the number ten role almost not as one of the deeper center midfielders. Playing in that new role saw Özyakup form a good partnership with Sanchez Watt before he went out on loan. Özyakup has added more goals to his game at reserve level this season and still getting a number of assists for his team-mates. Özyakup has played as one of the deeper center midfielders this season as well and when he does you are able to see his great passing ability. It’s likely Özyakup could go out on loan in January with reports claiming Dutch club Feyenoord and Belgium side Anderlecht are both interested in taking the young Arsenal midfielder on loan in January. But if Özyakup went on loan to a Championship side he would learn the physical side of the game in English football. There is a big difference in reserve and Championship football.

Reserve team captain Ignasi Miquel has been used in the first-team a few times already this season. At the moment due to injuries to defenders in the first-team there is no chance Miquel will go out on loan in January.

James Shea went out on loan at the start of the season to League Two side Dagenham & Redbridge but he found his chances limited only making a couple of appearances for them. Shea was recalled by Arsenal earlier this month, I’m guessing because he wasn’t getting games for Dagenham & Redbridge. This could mean Shea could go out on loan again to a side where he will play more games.

Last month on the Mirror’s website online there was a story that reserve team goalkeeper Damián Martínez could go out on loan in January. The story claimed Martínez would be willing to go on loan to a football league side similar to Wojciech Szczęsny when he was on loan out to Brentford a couple of seasons ago.

Versatile England U-19’s player Nico Yennaris made his debut for Arsenal in the Carling Cup against Bolton at right-back. He mentioned recently to the Arsenal Website, that going out on loan would be a real option for him. He’s another who could go out on loan next month.

You’ve got players like Rhys Murphy, Craig Eastmond and Gavin Hoyte who will all be looking for loan moves next month to football league clubs. All three have had their injury problems this year. With players going out on loan from Neil Banfield’s side it will allow players from Steve Bould’s side a chance at Reserve team football.

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