Three players on loan that Arsenal must use next season

Arsenal have plenty of players currently on loan, but who should feature in the first-team squad next season?

Arsenal currently have a number of players on loan, some they could do with now given the absence of first-team regulars due to injury and suspension.

He may have been quiet in the January transfer window, but you can rest assured Arsene Wenger will look to make big waves in the summer. Considering the spending likely to take place elsewhere, it is a necessity if he wants to keep up with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City.

But there will also be players returning to the Emirates and hoping for a first-team chance. Here are three players we think deserve a shot.

Joel Campbell

The 21-year-old Costa Rican has been enjoying a fine spell on loan with Greek club Olympiacos, where he has scored nine goals and provided 10 assists to date. But reports in recent days have claimed he is open to a permanent move, with his loan club discussing the possibility with the Gunners.

Despite the presence of Olivier Giroud at the Emirates Stadium, and the likely arrival of a new striker in the summer, there is still space in the Gunners' squad for a player who can both score and create, and who is young enough to improve considerably under the tutelage of Wenger.

Hector Bellerin

With reports claiming Bacary Sagna could be on his way out of London this summer, the pacy Spaniard Hector Bellerin could be set for more chances. That is if he agrees a new contract of his own.

His current deal expires at the end of the campaign, but the 18-year-old has such ability in his locker that he must be given the chance to stake a claim for a first-team place at Arsenal. Fast, with the ability to cross and terrific work rate both on and off the ball, Bellerin deserves a shot.

Francis Coquelin

With Mathieu Flamini suspended and Kim Kallstrom injured, Arsenal’s defeat to Liverpool is what happens when you have few other options in terms of defensive midfielders.

Coquelin is currently on loan at SC Freiburg, where he has played just about everywhere apart from his best position. That is not entirely true; he did play as a defensive midfielder against Mainz 05. But he is predominantly being used on the wing in the Bundesliga.

At just 22, he still has a lot to learn. But as an important back-up player, he should not be ignored next season.

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