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Coyle on Randall & Arsenal

Coyle on Randall & Arsenal

Owen Coyle back in January brought exciting young Arsenal prospect, Mark Randall on loan to Turf Moor signing to the end of the season. The midfielder has perhaps had limited appearances to shine and has made only one start in total mainly due to strong competition in midfield. He has been named on the bench on a number of occasions but so far has only managed to play a total of 174 minutes for the Clarets.

Sometimes, he has looked a little lost and maybe the Championship is a bit too rough, brutal and harsh for an Arsenal lad brought up via a world-class Academy and expected to play flowing football with finesse and style. It`s all a good learning curve for the lad though!

He has though had a few injuries along the way and has also recently been dogged by an illness, some sort of virus doing the rounds that also laid low Berisha.

There are now only two games left of the season and Randall looks doubtful for tomorrow`s game at home to Cardiff having missed the last match against Southampton at St Marys last Saturday due to the virus. This will be the last time Clarets fans may have chance to see the young Arsenal Gun unless he is selected in the sixteen for our final match of the season away to Crystal Palace on Sunday 4th May.

However the gaffer has not ruled out a Turf Moor return for the 18-year-old next season.

Coyle first of all comments on the special relationship the club have with Arsenal

'We have a terrific relationship with Arsenal and Liam Brady, who obviously looks after the younger side of things.

'I've mentioned before that we want to get young players to the football club, so we'll wait and see what happens.

Specifically in relation to Mark Randall, the gaffer had this to say

'He's a level-headed kid, he's loved his time here, and we'd have loved to have had him on the pitch more than he has been.

'That's been a source of frustration for me, because Mark came in and did very well.

'He came on against Coventry and was terrific, then we started him at Stoke, and he did okay in the game.

'He then hurt his back.

'Sometimes people look and say 'he's not playing', but people don't realise the reasons for it.

'He wasn't quite right, and then he's been stop-start with a few niggles.

'There's no doubt Mark can play, he's gifted, but he knows he has a lot of stuff to learn in the game.'

So will we see more of Randall next season in a Claret shirt? Should we go ahead with the idea anyway based on what you have seen?
Do you think we might see other Arsenal young guns on loan to the Clarets next season?

Have your say and comment below or in our forums

Date:Friday April 25 2008
Time: 10:32AM


Not too sure about this one although I am encouraged by the relationship between the two clubs
25/04/2008 10:34:00
he never got going with his injury problems so the loan should continue next season. Arsenal cannot take him back yet with so little experience gained.
25/04/2008 10:58:00
Dont recognise the name,gazzap are you a Clarets, Arsenal or neutral fan? Interesting point you make
25/04/2008 12:25:00
maybe fabregas?
25/04/2008 16:46:00
More lie Laughinggas! :-) lol
27/04/2008 15:21:00
This from an Arsenal site: Coyle would prefer to have Randall on a permanent basis, however another season on loan seems the most realistic option, with Arsene Wenger being a huge fan of Randall. Brady is also expected to offer some of the youngsters that will be released in the summer to Burnley in a bid to not only help the relationship between the clubs, but to also ease the blow on the players who will learn their fate next month.
28/04/2008 13:33:00
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