Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger isn’t one to hide his feelings regarding possible problems and loopholes in the English game, and this time he turns against the loan system.
The Belgian international has been a hit on Merseyside, scoring 12 goals and assisting a further six in 22 starts this season.
Lukaku’s goalscoring antics have not only helped Everton challenge Arsenal for a top four spot, but his contribution against Chelsea’s title-rivals has also benefited Jose Mourinho’s men.
On the eve of Arsenal’s clash against Everton at Goodison Park, Wenger expressed his disappointment at the loan system and feels it needs altering – especially considering that Romelu Lukaku is ineligible to face Chelsea as part of the rules.
“It would be best if players are loaned only in lower divisions or abroad - and even abroad I'm not convinced it is right.” He told the Daily Mail.
“We have to make players available against the teams that loan them out, or the system is not defendable.”
Roberto Martinez will be hoping his loan stars – which also include Gareth Barry and Gerard Deulofeu – perform to their best against The Gunners and close the gap between them to just one point.
Despite Arsenal no longer being title contenders, Jose Mourinho will be wishing his striker well and hoping he can take keep up his impressive performances for when Manchester City visit Everton in three weeks.