By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger wants Sanchez Watt to make his mark at Leeds United - but preferably not on Saturday.
The Arsenal loanee returns to Emirates Stadium this weekend for a Third-Round tie against his employers and he is pushing for a start after impressing as a substitute against Cardiff in midweek.
Watt has made 14 appearances for his loan side this season, helping newly-promoted Leeds climb into the Championship play-off places. Wenger saw the 19-year-old score on his Arsenal debut last season and knows he will pose a threat.
“Sanchez Watt is a player who is left-footed, talented, good on the ball and a good dribbler,” said the Frenchman.
“He will certainly put every effort in and I hope he will not play tomorrow.”
Wenger’s tongue was partly in his cheek for that final remark. The Arsenal manager wants the teenager to do well and and has always defended the right of loan players to line up against their parent club.
“I always said that when you give the player on loan it was a bit unfair not to let him play against you, because it gives an advantage to the other clubs,” he said.
“I had the case many times, and always gave permission for the players to play. Before in the Premiership, you could give permission for the player to play, and I always did.
“When you give a player out on loan, you cannot forbid him to play against you.”Copyright 2014 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 7 Jan 2011