Stokes hopes for chance
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Anthony Stokes hopes his loan spell at Falkirk will help him to break into Arsenal's squad.
Anthony Stokes hopes his loan spell at Falkirk will help him to break into Arsenal's first-team squad.
The striker is spending the first half of the season with Falkirk and has scored 13 goals in 13 appearances.
Falkirk hope to keep the 18-year-old for the remainder of the campaign, with Stokes enjoying his time in the SPL.
He is thankful for the chance to accrue experience away from Emirates Stadium and aims to prove to Arsene Wenger that he merits a long-term future with Arsenal.
"Although the reserves was great and being at Arsenal is brilliant, unless I'm playing first-team football I'm not going to develop," Stokes told Sky Sports News.
"I just hope here at Falkirk or somewhere else, that whatever happens in the next year or two, I hope I can develop as much as I can and get a better chance at Arsenal.
"Obviously it's a big task (getting into the Arsenal team) as it's a huge club with a lot of great players.
"The manager said to go out and get some experience and score some goals.
"I've done that so hopefully when I go back now I might have a better chance than I did before I went out on loan."
Stokes also feels that Wenger picked the right club to send him to on loan due to the style of football Falkirk play.
He added: "Coming to Falkirk has really suited me because obviously Arsene Wenger's theory on football is passing, one-touch passing and movement.
"I know they are a lesser club, but it's the same sort of theory."