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Wenger in call to end loan rules.

Byline: Steve Bates

ARSENE WENGER has called for the loan system to be scrapped - and replaced by one where players can feature against their parent clubs.

The Arsenal boss says the current arrangement is weakened as the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Gareth Barry - both used by today's opponents Everton - will not play against Chelsea or Manchester City, the clubs that hold their registration.

The Toffees have benefited hugely from their clever use of temporary moves between clubs and are now threatening to break into the Champions League elite on the back of it.

Wenger has no issues with that in itself but maintains that players should play against their parent clubs.

He said: "I believe that if you want to continue this system, then you have to make these players available against the clubs that loan them out, or else it is not defensible.

"It's just protection for the clubs loaning the players out, to hurt their rivals. There is no risk attached to them at all.

"As a manager you can decide whether the player you have loaned plays against you or not.

Integrity "I always decided: 'Yes, he can play against us'. It would be best if the players were only loaned to lower divisions or they moved abroad.

"The question you asked was: 'Is the system right?' I think it is open to debate."

Chelsea's relationship with Vitesse Arnhem in Holland has come under the microscope this week as the Dutch club may qualify for the Champions League, with the help of several loan signings from Stamford Bridge.

That has highlighted the possible need for recognised feeder clubs as the integrity of the Champions League could be called into question if Chelsea were drawn against Vitesse next season, for example.

Wenger added: "It does raise a question. This is nothing about Chelsea or Manchester City.

"But I've read about problems with Vitesse Arnhem.

"I am in favour of feeder clubs. We have a big problem with the academies because between the ages of 18-21 we need to give the players experience and we need to give them education.

"Chelsea have done that very well.

They control the education and the championship."

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Date:Apr 6, 2014
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