Arsenal boss Wenger: Randall late bloomer like Stokes

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says Mark Randall will benefit from his loan move to Rotherham United.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says Mark Randall will benefit from his loan move to Rotherham United.

Randall is not alone when it comes to late development. Anthony Stokes was a prolific goalscorer in Arsenal's youth ranks but only made one first-team appearance before leaving for Sunderland.

His career seemed to have stalled when he joined Hibernian on a free transfer but a summer move to Celtic has rejuvenated Stokes and, at the age of 22, he made his Old Firm derby debut at the weekend.

Wenger likened Randall to the Republic of Ireland striker.

"Some players take more time than others [to develop]," he told arsenal.com.

"Sometimes you have the likes of Wilshere and Fabregas and then you have sometimes players like Stokes who develop later. He has made a great career definitely in Scotland.

"I always thought Randall was a late developer and that he has so much technical quality and the qualities of a good attitude as well. I hope it will be beneficial for him."

 
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