Wenger calls for loan rule revamp


Arsene Wenger believes the current rules and regulations on the loaning of players are flawed claiming the system is currently ‘not defendable’.

Claiming that the least a loaned player should be able to do is play against his parent club, the boss went so far as to suggest that temporary moves shouldn’t be allowed between Premier League clubs.

Speaking ahead of Arsenal’s game against Everton, who’ll likely field loanees from rivals Chelsea (Lukaku) and Manchester City (Barry) as well as Barcelona’s Gerard┬áDeulofeu Wenger touched on how he feels the system is being abused.

“I believe if you want to continue the loan system, we have to make them available against the teams that loan them, or the system is not defendable.

“It’s just a protection of the clubs who loan the players out to hurt the opponents and they have no risk at all.

“I think the best would be that the players are only loaned in lower divisions or abroad, and even abroad I’m not completely convinced it is right. For example, today I read in a paper that in Holland they complain that Vitesse Arnhem doesn’t want to [qualify for the Champions’ League], so that is the kind of question you get in the modern game.”

Arsenal currently have four ‘first team’ squad members on loan including Ju Young Park at Championship side Watford and trio Joel Campbell, Johan Djourou and Francis Coquelin at Olympiakos, Hamburg and Freiburg respectively. A further nine players from the club’s Academy are also garnering experience elsewhere, none though in the Premier League.

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