Every season a number of Arsenal players go out on loan to gain valuable first-team experience and the 2010/11 campaign was no different.
Arsenal.com have tracked the progress of the loanees throughout the season and our ‘Loan Review’ series will examine each player in turn. Today we focus on Sanchez Watt.
After spending the final two months of last season at Leeds, Sanchez rejoined Simon Grayson’s side on a season-long loan in August.
Despite making his mark with some exciting performances at the beginning of the campaign, he was hampered by several injuries that limited his playing time throughout the season.
“Playing in the Championship makes you push yourself more, rather than playing in the Reserves,” he told Arsenal.com in January. “You are playing against men and it’s all about the three points. I’m enjoying it up here, they are treating me like family and giving me a lot of confidence.”
Sanchez impressed on a return to Emirates Stadium as the Yorkshire side earned an FA Cup Third-Round replay in January, an experience he enjoyed every minute of.
“Obviously I’m going to give my all for Leeds. I’m 19 and I’m glad to be playing in big games like this with all eyes on me to see how I do. I’m glad I performed. Every time I play I try and give my all. I didn’t want to let myself down, Arsenal down or Leeds down. It was an odd feeling but I think I did well,” he said.
The midfielder made 12 starts and 13 substitute appearances as Leeds finished seventh and just missed out on the play-offs.
Richard Sutcliffe of the Yorkshire Evening Post:
“He has been in and out really. Leeds had him last season and got him back because they liked what they saw but it’s not really happened for him.
“He’s probably been a victim of the fact that Leeds play with a front four, Robert Snodgrass, Luciano Becchio, Jonny Howson and Max Gradel, and all four have done really well so his chances have been limited.
“He’s also had a hamstring problem for a lot of the season. I would have thought he will go back to Arsenal feeling a bit frustrated and it’s not necessarily been his fault.
“The Leeds fans liked him and, particularly during the last few months of the season when he was fit, I think they would like to have seen a bit more of him.
“Leeds went with the same line-up towards the end of the season, when results weren’t quite going for them, and Watt had a couple of good games coming from the bench. You thought ‘why not start with him?’ But it never really happened for him.”Copyright 2013 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 25 May 2011