Five youngsters Arsenal could consider loaning out this winter

Arsenal are blessed to have a squad of talented first team players supported by several youngsters looking to grab the attention of Arsene Wenger.

Unfortunately for the Gunners, the boss can’t play his younger stars on a consistent basis considering the pressure the first team is under to compete on several difficult fronts for silverware this season.

January will present another chance for Wenger to review his crop of younger players, potentially deciding to send several on loan to improve their game over the second half of the season.

Here are five Arsenal youngsters who may be loaned out.

Benik Afobe

The 20-year-old striker has only just returned to full fitness after a spell out with a cruciate knee ligament injury and he’s one of the most popular youngsters the club has on their books.

He’s made one appearance in the under-21 Premier League and could benefit from a long and extended run at a football league side, which would increase his fitness, improve his confidence and harden his mentality.

Isaac Hayden

The 18-year-old defensively minded player is someone Wenger has already drafted into the fringes of first team activity at the club.

He’s featured in the League Cup and has made five appearances in the under-21 Premier League and UEFA Youth League combined. He seems to have a great understanding of a defensive role whether that’s in midfield or in a back four.

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He could be a great versatile option for a football league club and he’s a youngster who could dramatically improve a struggling lower league defence or midfield.

Jon Toral

Toral is a central midfielder who sometimes plays in the Mesut Ozil role, in behind the main attacker.

Toral has recently hit some form and his impact in two appearances across the under-21 Premier League and the UYL has been superb; three goals and two assists so far.

A loan spell in the midfield of a lower league side will allow him to refine his game, sharpen up and it will toughen him up because he’d be a target for the more rough and tumble aggressive defensive players.

Thomas Eisfeld

The German is a youngster that plenty of Gunners will already be aware of.

Eisfeld is a lot closer to the Arsenal first team than several of his under-21 teammates but the 20-year-old could definitely benefit from playing regular competitive first team football away from the club.

The danger for Wenger is resisting the temptation to fast track Eisfeld so short term loan deals may be the better option as he tries to follow someone like Cesc Fabregas and more recently, Jack Wilshere into the first team.

Chuba Akpom

The teenage striker is a very dynamic and proactive forward so he shouldn’t have any trouble finding a club to take him on loan if that’s the direction that Arsenal chose to take.

He’s featured in the Premier League and the League Cup for the Gunners, scoring goals for the youth team in the under-21 Pl and the UYL.

His chance to go out on loan will more than likely depend on the number of attacking additions Wenger makes to the squad this January.

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