By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger has no intention of sending Arsenal's youngsters out on loan - even though their Carling Cup adventure is over.
The Frenchman has used the loan system to develop a host of players in recent years with the likes of Nicklas Bendtner, Alex Song, Justin Hoyte and Johan Djourou all gaining valuable first-team experience away from Emirates Stadium.
Tuesday's Carling Cup exit at Tottenham prompted speculation that youngsters like Theo Walcott could spend the rest of the campaign with different clubs. In an exclusive interview with Arsenal TV Online on Thursday, Wenger explained why those claims were wide of the mark.
"No, [I will not loan them out] because we are very short. We have 17 fit players," he said.
"You saw that at Tottenham, because the players on the bench should not have been there."
Wenger also hinted that he may use 'fringe' players for FA Cup ties if Arsenal's fixture list becomes too congested with Premier League and Champions League commitments.
"Our main targets are the Premier League and the Champions League," said the Arsenal manager. "We will prioritise that."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