By Chris Harris
Arsenal's growing injury list may force Arsène Wenger to recall some of the players he has sent out on loan.
Seventeen young Gunners are currently picking up valuable experience away from Emirates Stadium with Henri Lansbury (Norwich), Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, Aaron Ramsey (both Cardiff), Craig Eastmond (Millwall) and Carlos Vela (West Brom) involved in recent short-term deals.
Wenger often extols the virtues of the loan system but he is wary of leaving himself short of options during a busy period for the Arsenal first team after Samir Nasri and Denilson both damaged hamstrings during Sunday's win over Huddersfield.
"Denilson looks to have a hamstring problem but certainly less serious than Nasri," noted Wenger. "But I have given a few players on loan, I might recall some."
Exactly who he recalls will depend on the conditions of each individual loan deal.
"We have Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, we have especially Henri Lansbury who has gone on loan. I can [recall Kyle Bartley] but he has not played at all in the Premier League," said Wenger.
"It is difficult at the moment. Ramsey is out on loan for one month. If it is a month you have to wait for the month unless we have exceptional injuries, then you can have the request [to recall a player]. But Ramsey needs games so even if you recall him he needs first games before he plays."Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source