With the transfer window slamming shut (much to the sadness of those at Sky Sports News) attention now focuses firmly on the football.
However, Championship, League One and League Two clubs all have a second (or first chance depending on interpretation) to bolster their squads for the forthcoming few months in what is technically called the ‘emergency’ loan window. Of course, the description of something football related is rarely accurate with league officials allowing any move under the sun to go through regardless of its non-emergency status.
For Football League clubs, this is a chance to strengthen their squad without the headache of financially committing to a player for the long term. Many cannot afford to do this. Simultaneously, Premier League managers will have a greater idea of who is and who isn’t in their plans in the immediate future and could even subsidise wages to help their younger players develop in the second tier of English football.
With these factors in mind, let’s look at Arsenal. Despite many claiming their squad is threadbare, there are several players who are not quite up to it at Premier League level at the moment but may return changed men after a productive loan spell in the Championship.