Loan rangers the way ahead for young Guns?

Watching Sky Sports news this morning, Charlton manager Alan Pardew was talking about the next week being crucial for League clubs when it comes to finalising their squads.

With the Premiership starting next weekend, fringe players at the bigger clubs will be farmed out to give them some exposure to the rigours of the Championship, hardening them up to a level just beyond what they get in the Carling Cup – and on a more regular basis.

Arsene Wenger got his fingers burnt last season with Kieran Gibbs and Mark Randall, who both failed to get the playing time they were expected to while on loan at Norwich City and Burnley respectively.

Johan Djourou’s spell at Birmingham last season did not seem to have the desired effect of sharpening up his game – but C*shley Cole’s rise to the Arsenal first team came after a loan spell at Crystal Palace, so loans do have some value.

With Jack Wilshere (pictured) and the almost-forgotten Fran Merida thought to be the next in a wave of young talent pushing through, Addict thinks it would be a great idea to loan them out, perhaps until Christmas initially...

Especially in Merida’s case, it would give him the chance to get used to the rough and tumble of English football. He spent a few months on loan at Real Sociedad last season, but again didn’t get the games that Le Gaffer would have expected.

Wilshere also might benefit from toughening up after playing nothing more than Youth and Reserve football up until now. There’s no doubt he’s a talented youngster and Arsene might want to blood him with the odd appearance for the Gunners here and there, but I don’t think he’s ready for the physical nature of the Premier League just yet, so a loan spell could prove the ideal solution to developing Jack into the finished article.

And why not Charlton? They need quality players and Wilshere and Merida fit the bill perfectly. Also, their facilities and location are only a stone’s throw away from Arsenal, so it would be easier for the Gunners’ coaching staff to keep an eye on the players regularly than if they are sent to somewhere like Burnley.

For five months, when their playing time in the Arsenal first team is likely to be negligible, they could learn a massive amount playing at a club like Charlton – and if injuries are starting to affect us as they usually do, we could call them back for the second half of the season – or let them stay and get a full year of first team, decent level football.

It seems like a no-brainer to me, especially if these youngsters are the future of our club. Let them learn somewhere else and then let us enjoy the fruits of those labours.