Wenger calls for change in loan laws

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has called for a change in the laws surrounding loans, and stated that only players under the age of 21 should be applicable to swap clubs on a temporary basis.

The French coach feels that loaning out a senior player can be of benefit to the owning side, as generally that competitor cannot play against the parent club.

Wenger is believed to be speaking in regards to Emmanuel Adebayor, who was ineligible to play for Tottenham against owners Manchester City on Sunday, and feels this should change.

“Personally, I would not ban players on loan from playing against their own clubs,” he told Mirror Football.

What I would like to see in the Premier League is that you are not allowed to loan players over the age of 21.

“At the moment it is an opportunity for some clubs to reinforce other teams, without losing ownership of the player.

“For example, if a big club sends a big player to another club in the Premier League on loan, they only have benefits.

“That player cannot face his own club, yet he could win games against their rivals. Therefore, I think it would be better if players over 21 didn’t go on loan in the top league,” he continued

Despite this, Arsenal have loaned 31-year-old Yossi Benayoun from Chelsea on a season-long basis, and Wenger accepts that this goes against his own sentiments.

“It’s true that I haven’t done that often.

“But we were on the last day of the transfer window. We knew that Jack Wilshere would need surgery.

“So we were short in midfield at that point and to find two players so late was nearly impossible­ for us without using a loan.

“At that time, the most important thing was just to sign him,” he finished.

By Gareth McKnight