By Giuseppe Muro
Oguzhan Ozyakup has welcomed the idea of going on loan next season - and the positives it would have on his game.
The highly-rated Dutch midfielder has seen temporary deals bear fruit for team-mates such as Benik Afobe and Henri Lansbury and the 18-year-old has heard, first hand, of the benefits both on and off the field.
Arsenal’s policy of sending youngsters out on loan as a ‘finishing school’ has been emphasised this year with a record 17 players currently cutting their teeth away from the Club.
The likes of Jay-Emmanuel-Thomas, Craig Eastmond and Gilles Sunu are gradually finding their feet following January moves and Ozyakup hopes to be in the next wave of loanees sent out next season.
“Looking at people like Henri Lansbury and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, they all have done really well on loan,” he told Arsenal.com.
“When you look at them you want to go on loan as well. I’ve spoken to Benik Afobe about it and he has told me about the added pressure, but he likes it.
“It helps you grow up as a player, you have to show your character and you have to be mature.
“It’s a different experience and you can learn to play in bigger stadiums, you have to win every game and there is always pressure. Playing for three points is different.”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