Arsenal suffered another setback to their top-four dreams on Saturday afternoon, only days after being humiliated by Crystal Palace, who defeated Arsenal 3-0. Patrick Vieira’s squad was in charge at the time.
It was Brighton’s turn to pick up three points over the weekend, as Graham Potter’s side defeated Arsenal 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium, after failing to win any of their previous seven outings.
Brighton didn’t even start Lamptey, one of their most skilled players, with the wing back going on with 13 minutes left to play and his team leading 2-0 at the time of his introduction.
Despite this, AFTV’s host continued to question if Lamptey’s ‘loan’ from Chelsea was an issue, despite the fact that the 21-year-old would sign a permanent deal with the Blues in January 2020!
The supporter said that ‘it’s all an issue,’ referring to the loan system in England, before focusing entirely on Crystal Palace and their recent performances in the Premier League.
His remarks were, of course, in reference to the fact that Vieira’s side has actually loaned Conor Gallagher this season, despite the fact that the midfielder had been in fine form for the Eagles against Arsenal less than a week prior, and he’d lashed out at the loan system following the game just five days before his most recent outburst.
There is some merit to his argument regarding Gallagher, as well as the fact that loan players are not permitted to play against their original club in England, which does have an impact on the integrity of the tournament.
Those situations do not exist in Europe, where players may face the side from which they are on loan, as occurred to Paris Saint-Germain this season when goalkeeper Marcin Bulka’s performance in a penalty shoot-out for Nice contributed to knock them out of the Coupe de la Ligue competition.
However, while having at the very least a somewhat valid point regarding Gallagher, the fact that the loans were being held responsible for their two defeats, and the fact that Lamptey isn’t even on loan, created considerable amusement among rival supporters.
Things aren’t going to get any easier for the anti-loan campaigners, as the Gunners are slated to face Southampton next, who were recently defeated 6-0 by Chelsea.
A goal against Mikel Arteta’s side would cause this one specific fan to lose his mind. Although Ralph Hassenhutl’s side has Armando Broja up front, who is on loan from the Blues, and he couldn’t play against his parent club, a goal against Mikel Arteta’s side would cause this one specific fan to lose his mind.
The Saints also have Tino Livramento at right back, who, like Lamptey, joined the club on a permanent basis from Chelsea, but it doesn’t seem to make much of a difference at this point.