By Giuseppe Muro

Sanchez Watt is being fast-tracked at Leeds, according to Arsène Wenger.

The talented young midfielder is on a season-long loan at the Championship side and Wenger feels getting to grips with the rigors of League football will mean he is older, wiser and ready to step up when he returns to Arsenal.

Watt was top scorer for the Reserves last season but only netted his first goal of the current campaign on Saturday when he opened his Leeds account in a 4-0 drubbing of Scunthorpe.

But Wenger is confident the invaluable experience of playing competitive football on a weekly basis will speed up his development, both on and off the pitch.

“It’s usually a shock for them to go from the youth team straight to big responsibilities,” said the Arsenal manager. “It’s an accelerator of the maturing process and that’s what you want when you [send someone on loan].

“What I wish from every player [that goes on loan], is that he shows he has the quality to one day play for Arsenal.”

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18 Jan 2011