Two Wenger wonderkids in loan demand - here's what Arsenal should do

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Arsenal prospects Serge Gnabry and Joel Campbell are wanted by Southampton and Newcastle United, respectively. Here's why Wenger should ratify loan deals.

The introduction of Alexis Sanchez to Arsenal's attacking armoury may push two gifted young Gunners further to the sidelines during a crucial stage of their own development.

Predominantly deployed as a right forward for Barcelona but also as one of two centre forwards for Chile, there is a suggestion that Sanchez could either a: vie for the winger role with Theo Walcott, or b: provide competition to Olivier Giroud as the club's front-man.

In either scenario one of Serge Gnabry or Joel Campbell would be pushed away from the fringes of senior-level involvement and, considering their ages, 19 and 22 respectively, regular first-team football - if it's available - is something both players require if they are to really make a name for themselves as an Arsenal athlete.

Both of them have options.

  ClubMins /TouchPass AccMins /Chance CreatedMins /DribbleShot AccGoalAppMin
Gnabry Arsenal 1.3 85.3% 92.8 21.1 50.0% 1 9 464

Southampton are reportedly keen on taking on Gnabry, whose influence on the field is underlined by his prolificacy in the touch - kissing the football every 1.3 minutes he is on the field - while Campbell has attracted the attention of Newcastle United.

Should Arsenal receive assurances that Campbell's name would be on the team-sheet every weekend then not only would manager Arsene Wenger be able to assess whether the World Cup star is capable of making the transition from Greek Super League goalscorer to Premier League game-changer, but there's also the chance the player could score or against - or take points from - Arsenal's rivals.

Campbell did, after all, net against Manchester United for Olympiakos last season, underlining his capability on big stages.

But would he really benefit from another spell away from his employers?

Surely now is the time to fully integrate the talent into the first-team set-up on the London Colney training ground and allow him to develop relationships with players who may well be feeding him goal-scoring opportunities in competitive matches - like Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott.

With the exit of Nicklas Bendtner, Arsenal only have Giroud, Sanchez and Sanogo as recognised strikers. Campbell would represent the fourth option in the squad, would receive starting opportunities in cup competitions and also make the substitutes bench in other matches.

If any player was more likely to benefit from a loan deal, it would be Gnabry, who plays in a position that can also be fulfilled by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walcott, Sanchez - or even Tomas Rosicky.

At the Saints, Gnabry would be at a club who do not shy away from thrusting young stars into sink-or-swim situations, with many exciting products emerging from their academy like Calum Chambers and James Ward-Prowse.

For the player, he may well receive more playing minutes on the South Coast than North London.

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