By Rob Kelly

Nico Yennaris says he is ready to step up to the next level in 2012 and test himself on loan at a Football League club.

The versatile midfielder made his debut for Arsenal in October’s 2-1 Carling Cup victory over Bolton at the Emirates, and the experience has left him hungry for more.

“It was unbelievable to have the chance to play [in that game]. I was pleased with my performance, I thought I did well at right back,” Yennaris told

“Obviously I’d like to push on with the first team in 2012, and if I can’t because I’m not ready, then hopefully I will go out on loan and get some game experience.

“I was nearly going out on loan before the window closed in November, and the boss [Arsène Wenger] spoke to me and said I need to start playing a man’s game and get experience.

“Working on the weaker aspects of my game will help me, but playing and experiencing men’s football and the level you have to step up to will be a big help. I’m sure going on loan will help me in the long run.”

Yennaris has seen the likes of Ignasi Miquel and Emmanuel Frimpong get their chance in the Arsenal first team over the past 12 months, and he admits their progress has inspired him.

“It’s good to see them play because we know that the manager will give us a chance [too],” he said. “We have seen Frimpong do it, we have seen Iggy do it, so why not me?

“A lot of young players seem to get a chance at Arsenal. Whether they make it here or carry on their career somewhere else, they have been given a chance. That is good for a young player to see.”

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5 Jan 2012