By Tony Attwood
This summer I have been trying to look at how Arsenal compare with other clubs in terms of the way various matters are handled. The first example has been the transfers in – looking to see if it is true that Arsenal always dither and never manage to get the deals done, while every other team is busy completing their transfer business by the second week of June.
So far that story has failed to be proven true – Arsenal are not much different from any other club, although we have still had tales from the bloggettas and Sky saying that Arsenal should have wrapped up deals much earlier, and claiming that yes there has been dithering.
The facts and figures there say otherwise, so while waiting for the next round of data to arrive I thought I would look at another area of summer football – the loans. How many players per club are going on an away trip for six months or a year?
Arsenal have in fact only completed one loan deal – and that the expected continuation of the arrangements for our young Japanese player who as yet can’t get a permit to play in England.
In the past the normal route around this has been to have the player in a country with far more relaxed immigration regulations than the UK and then let the player in through EU regulations, but time is running out for this ploy, so we might see it coming to an end.
Mind you we might well see the whole transfer system coming to an end when we leave the EU – and I am surprised no one is talking about this – wasting all that chatter on nuclear power regulations and Euratom when they could be debating the transfer of footballers. Have they no priorities?
Anyway, here is the list of players so far going out on loan. Data from the Guardian.
|Forest Green Rovers||Collins|
|Crystal Palace||Loftus Cheek|
|West Brom||1||Werder Breman||Zhang|
|West Ham||1||Oxford||Borussia Mönchengladbach|
Chelsea, as per previous years are out in the lead with five. Everton and Swansea are just one loanee behind.
I wonder if this does mean that Chelsea tend to bring in vast numbers of young players and then loan them in the vague hope something will happen, while Arsenal are much more careful about who they bring in.
In the current squad the home grown list includes Kieran Gibbs, Jack Wilshere, and Carl Jenkinson who we assume are headed for the exit door, that leaves the us with the following Home Grown players:
- Damian Martinez
- Calum Chambers
- Rob Holding
- Héctor Bellerín
- Aaron Ramsey
- Francis Coquelin
- Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
- Danny Welbeck
- Theo Walcott
- Jack Wilshere.
In terms of the juniors who might well be expected to be in next year’s first team squad we have
- Alex Iwobi
- Jeff Reine-Adelaide
- Ainsley Maitland-Niles
- Reiss Nelson
Also in Australia we have seen as home grown players
- Krystian Bielik
Now this is a lot of home growing going on, and I wonder if the fact is that what Arsenal does in bringing through these youngsters and looking to give them a chance to shine in the first team is what most Premier League teams have given up doing.
What the rest do, by and large, is buy up the player in case he might be ok, and then send him out on loan to see what happens. What we are doing is trying to fast track the brilliant 17 and 18 year olds rather than let them rot elsewhere.
Of course we do have loanees. But I suspect not on the industrial scale of other clubs. We like to keep as many as possible in house, playing in the under 23s and then launching them into the first team.
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