Mikel Arteta tipped to loan out three ‘gifted’ Arsenal players by Kevin Campbell

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has been urged to loan out three players
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has been urged to loan out three players (Picture: Getty)

Mikel Arteta has been urged to loan out three ‘gifted’ Arsenal players by Kevin Campbell.

With the transfer window now open, Arteta has said offloading players is a ‘priority’, having already sanctioned Sead Kolasinac’s loan move to Schalke.

Former Gunners striker Campbell believes Eddie Nketiah, Reiss Nelson and Joe Willock would also benefit from stints away from the Emirates.

Nketiah is highly rated by Arsenal but has started just three Premier League matches this season, playing back-up to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.

Nelson and Willock have featured even less this season and Campbell has tipped Arteta to loan the trio out.

‘Some of these very gifted, talent youngsters have to play regular football,” former Gunners striker Campbell told Football Insider.

Once they play regular football they will be much better players when they come back at Arsenal.

‘Being a bit-part player is one thing but regular games, regular starts makes a massive difference to the psyche of the player.

‘I’m told Reiss Nelson, possibly Joe Willock, may be going out on loan in January. It would be really good for their careers.

‘I think Nelson could go to a Premier League or a Championship club. But the Championship is tougher, that might be a better move.’

Campbell added: ‘Nketiah grabbed a great assist against Southampton and Mikel Arteta is just trying to find the right balance.

Gunners striker Eddie Nketiah
Gunners striker Eddie Nketiah (Picture: Getty)

‘It really is difficult. I think Nketiah needs a season under his belt playing regular football.

‘It is one thing coming in now and again at Arsenal but you never become seasoned that way. When you play week in, week out you learn so much more.

‘He did not really start during his loan spell at Leeds. Nketiah should be going out on loan to learn his trade, he really should.

‘He is not going to start for Arsenal very often so what does he do? Is he happy just sitting on the bench?

‘Once he learns his trade has will be a different player because he knows where the goal is.’

Arsenal have won their last two matches to climb to 13th in the Premier League and face relegation-battlers West Brom on Saturday.

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