Rumour Mill-Double Gunner Loans?
Media reports suggest that the Clarets are preparing a double swoop for a couple of Arsenal young guns.
The players linked are Kieran Gibbs and Mark Randall. Owen Coyle has already had Randall on loan at Turf Moor in 2007/8 and is now reportedly keen on bringing the midfielder back to Turf Moor
England U21 International, Keiran Gibbs has impressed in the top flight with Arsenal and Clarets fans will remember how he kept Chris Eagles quiet in our FA Cup 5th Round clash at the Emirates last March.
It is understood that Arsene Wenger is keen for his young players to get more experience playing at the top level and he is also believed to be an admirer of Owen Coyle and his attacking attitude to football.
Kieran Gibbs has also not dismissed a season-long loan:
'It will be difficult because when you play week-in week-out you get used to it and it would be different coming off the bench again I'm still 19 and he (Clichy) is a world-class left-back. I've still got a lot to learn from him and I don't think it will be too disappointing for me to continue learning from one of the best left-backs in the world.I enjoyed it at Norwich. Would I go again? I would go again if the manager wants me to, if he feels I need more experience before going back in at that level.'
The 19 year old left back made his Premier League debut for Arsenal against Tottenham Hotspur in February 2009, coming on as a substitute for the injured Gaël Clichy. Gibbs then made his first Champions League start for Arsenal in the quarter-final second leg against Villarreal CF in April 2009, which Arsenal won 3-0.
He is probably best remembered though for an unfortunate slip he made in the Champions League semi-final second leg at home to Manchester United. The slip allowed Park Ji-Sung to score a crucial away goal for United after only seven minutes of play to put the Red Devils 2-0 on aggregate with away goals counting double.
Mark Randall is of course no stranger to the Clarets having played ten games for Burnley on loan during the 2007/8 season. He still hasn't really broken through into the Arsenal first team and at 19 may once again be looking to move to another club on loan.