Wenger leaves door open for City

Arsene Wenger has left the door open for Norwich to help some of Arsenal's up-and-coming talent by taking his rising stars out on loan. Wenger has a non-stop production line of young players bursting on to the scene in north London and has never been afraid to send them out on loan to gain experience.

Arsene Wenger has left the door open for Norwich to help some of Arsenal's up-and-coming talent by taking his rising stars out on loan.

Wenger has a non-stop production line of young players bursting on to the scene in north London and has never been afraid to send them out on loan to gain experience.

The Gunners boss is an admirer of Glenn Roeder's, to the extent that the City boss was linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium as director of football in the summer.

And that relationship could benefit should Roeder turn his attentions to Arsenal during the January transfer window when he is expected to have another reshuffle among his squad. Roeder has five loan players on his books, some of whom are expected to return to their clubs, while he has made it clear that other contracted players will be allowed to leave Carrow Road.

Birmingham profited from Arsenal's loan policy last season when the likes of Nicklas Bendtner, Fabrice Muamba and Sebastian Larsson helped them return to the top flight.

Now Roeder could be tempted to do the same - and he could find a friend in Wenger.

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Asked whether he would allow any of his players to head to Norfolk, Wenger said: “At the moment, some of the players who would be ready to go out, I have had demand by Premier League teams.

“What is interesting for me is that I know all of the players in my squad can play in the (Premier League) championship.

“I speak of my squad, but maybe for example Henri Lansbury, he is still in the reserves squad, Mark Randall, or Kieran Gibbs.

“For this type of player, maybe it would be interesting to go for six months into the Championship.”