By Declan Taylor
Mark Randall is enjoying his new role as Reserve team captain but would welcome the opportunity of a short-term loan switch.
Randall starred in Arsenal’s short yet explosive Carling Cup run this season but has only appeared once in the first-team since the Gunners’ elimination at Burnley in December.
And, after playing 10 times during a brief spell at Turf Moor last season, the 19-year-old thinks another loan move would fuel his development.
“It’s good to know that Neil [Banfield] can trust me and he has given me a big responsibility being captain of his team,” Randall told Arsenal.com. “But I need to be looking to push on.
“At the start of the season and during pre-season I thought I did well and I had a good run in the Carling Cup until we got knocked out. I thought I was going to go on loan but I think part of the boss didn’t want me to go. That’s the way it goes sometimes.
“I want to learn as much as possible playing in a first-team, any first-team as long as I’m playing. I don’t want to go away and not play. It’s good to have a bit of competition and have to fight for your position.
“Obviously I am one of the older ones in the Reserves and the captain. I am more experienced now.”
In his first outing as skipper, Randall was dismissed for a late challenge in Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Stoke in January. But, because of his new captain’s responsibility, the midfielder has set about actively curtailing his fiery streak.
“Now I am the captain I need to be on the pitch as long as possible and play as many games as I can,” he said. “That means not getting sent off.
“I need to learn quickly how to keep my head. Count to five if that’s what it takes. I just want to win the ball back as quickly as possible if I make a mistake.
“It’s all about maturing really.”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 26 Mar 2009