Wenger calls for loan ban for over 21 players

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has called for a rule to be put in place by the Premier League that bans players over the age of 21 to go on loan, The Mirror reports. The Frenchman has also called for players to be allowed to play against the clubs that have loaned them out, such as Emmanuel Adebayor’s ineligibiity to play against Manchester City.

Wenger himself has 31 year old Yossi Benayoun on loan from Chelsea, as well as 34 year old Thierry Henry on a short-term loan from MLS side New York Red Bulls, and has accepted that contradicts his opinion, but revealed he was in desperate need to sign a midfielder. The Gunners boss is being encouraged by his supporters to make signings before the end of the January transfer window, but with these admissions, it looks like he will not be moving for City defender Wayne Bridge to fill his gap.

The Arsenal manager said: Personally, I would not ban players on loan from playing against their own clubs. What I would like to see in the Premier League is that you are not allowed to loan players over the age of 21. 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.’

On his decision to bring in Benayoun, the Frenchman said: ‘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.’

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