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Players Who Could Go Out On Loan To Continue Their Football Education

by on February 7, 2012

The loan window reopens tomorrow for Football League clubs, Arsenal have a number of players in the Reserves where loan moves would be very ideal and beneficial for their football development. Players like Oğuzhan Özyakup and Craig Eastmond are to good for Reserve team football and I expect they will go out on loan to continue their football education.

Last week Neil Banfield’s side beat Swansea Reserves 2-0 with goals from Serge Gnabry and Zak Ansah, both scoring their first goals at Reserve level. January signing Thomas Eisfeld made his début, the former Borussia Dortmund U-19 midfielder only played the first-half but impressed playing a part in Gnabry’s goal. The two stand out players for Arsenal Reserves were Oğuzhan Özyakup and Craig Eastmond forming a good partnership in midfield.

Oğuzhan Özyakup has been instrumental for the Reserves this season, the Dutch midfielder has added more goals to his game. In previous seasons Özyakup has normally played in a deeper center midfield role but this season has seen the midfielder play in a more advanced role-playing behind the alone striker. In the first-half of the season Özyakup formed a very good understanding with Reserve striker Sanchez Watt. If you’ve seen Özyakup play before you know about his great passing ability and can play as a play-maker of a team.

Özyakup made his Arsenal first-team début this season in the Carling Cup against Shrewsbury Town earlier this season. A loan move to a Championship or League One side would provide that vital loan experience and playing more often as well. At the moment it’s clear Özyakup is ready for a loan move and has been a stand out player for Neil Banfield’s side this season.

Craig Eastmond went out on loan last season to Championship side Millwall, the midfielder’s time at The Den got cut short after Eastmond broke his ankle during a training session. Eastmond returned to action earlier this season playing for the Reserves and against Swansea Reserves the defensive midfielder showed that he is back to his best. Another loan move is likely to happen before the loan window closes.

Reserve team captain Ignasi Miquel has made nine appearances for Arsène Wenger’s side this season, deputising at left-back for the Gunners with injuries to Kieran Gibbs and André Santos. With players returning from injury it’s unlikely that Miquel will be involved that much with the first-team until the end of the season. There is a good chance the Spanish U-19’s defender could go out on loan. Miquel’s very good technically for a centre-back and a loan move would help the defender to improve dealing with the physical side of English football.

England U-19’s midfielder Nico Yennaris has shown his versatility this season by making his Premiership début for Arsenal, being a second-half substitute against Manchester United playing at right-back. Yennaris said he nearly went out on loan earlier this season in November when the likes of Chuks Aneke and Sanchez Watt went out on loan. Yennaris has provided cover for Arsène Wenger’s side over the last couple of months. But now players have returned from injury, Yennaris could go out on loan.

If the likes of Özyakup and Eastmond do go out on loan it will allow players from Steve Bould’s side a chance at Reserve level. The loan window reopens tomorrow and closes on the 24 March. Arsenal Reserves next play against Wolves Reserves at London Colney on Monday. And Arsenal U-18’s take Crystal Palace U-18’s on Saturday at London Colney.

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