One player who can testify that loan periods whilst waiting for your chances to shine for the Arsenal first team, are certainly beneficial and can pay off is that of Arsenal’s French midfielder Francis Coquelin who after joining the North London club in 2008 from Stade Lavallois has finally established for now at least, himself into the Arsenal first 11 and selections.
Francis Coquelin has been around the loan circuit for a while now after going for his first loan spell at French club Lorient, before moving onto Germany with a loan spell with FC Frieburg in 2013 before moving onto Championship side Charlton Athletic, and has spoken of who he rates highly from the current youth players out on loan and who he thinks will take their game to the next level up.
Speaking of how he found his loan periods and which young player’s he predicts will shine, Coquelin was talking in an interview for the club’s official site, and told them:
“It’s good experience.
“You get to know what it’s all about in the different leagues. There’s a lot of comfort here. Arsenal is a great club with loads of facilities, but when you go to other clubs you realise that not everywhere is Arsenal.
“You need to prove yourself every week, especially when you go on loan with the Arsenal label. You need to give even more. It’s good experience for them. I’ve been watching the results recently of Hull City, and I’ve seen that Chuba’s scored a few goals and Isaac’s playing as well.
“It’s going to be a good experience and if they can stay injury-free, keep performing, then it will be good for them.”
It’s good to see that a player who has had a chance to play on loan in other league’s and countries has done well and has adapted his game to the next level, and to see him give such backing to young player’s such as Akpom and Hayden is always a good thing, and hopefully they can learn off of his experiences to establishing himself.