Roeder primed to approach Gunners

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger may have some good news for City boss Glenn Roeder after revealing that he is ready to send youngsters out on loan to gain first team experience after their Carling Cup exit.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger may have some good news for City boss Glenn Roeder after revealing that he is ready to send youngsters out on loan to gain first team experience after their Carling Cup exit.

Wenger feels that players like Jay Simpson, Gavin Hoyte and Kieran Gibbs need a spell in the Championship.

“Jay Simpson, Gavin Hoyte and Kieran Gibbs might go on loan,” he told the club website.

“They need to play in the Championship for three or four months. Not Jack Wilshere though, he is only 16.”


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Gibbs, 19, played seven times for the Canaries during a loan spell last season, while Roeder has admitted he is an admirer of Simpson and has known him since he was 10 because he played in the same Arsenal academy side as his son, William, for four seasons.

Simpson won the League One player of the year award last season, which he spent on loan at Millwall.

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Hoyte, 18, is the younger brother of former Arsenal defender Justin, who signed for Middlesbrough in the summer.

Roeder said last week: “I will speak to Arsene Wenger or Steve Rowley, the chief scout, over the next couple of weeks to see what the situation is with young players continuing to play first team football because their lads have been playing in the Carling Cup but they're now out of that.”

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