Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong admits that he could go out on loan if regular first-team action is not forthcoming by January.
The 19-year-old has been forced to settle for a place on the fringes of the senior side, such is the plethora of midfield options in north London.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has opted to play Mikel Arteta, Alex Song and Aaron Ramsey in the middle of the park for much of Arsenal's 2011-12 campaign, leaving the Ghanaian-born star watching on from the sidelines.
Speaking to the official matchday programme, Frimpong explained that he is happy to bide his time at the Emirates Stadium, but would consider a short-term move away from north London to gain some much needed first-team football.
"Obviously I had a decent start to the season but when players like Alex Song are back, along with Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey, it's normal that they'll play because they're more senior than I am," he confirmed.
"Aaron and Alex had to wait for their chances in the past and that's what happens in football.
"You have to be patient and can't expect to be thrown straight in. You need to keep learning and hope that, when your chance comes, everything goes well."
Jack Wilshere certainly captialised on his opportunity when he was fast-tracked into the Gunners first-team fold, and with the England international poised to return from injury in the New Year, Frimpong looks set to fall even further down the Arsenal pecking order.
"At the moment it's hard for me to get into the team, no doubt about that," he added. "When you aren't playing, the obvious choice is to go out for a little while and try to get some game time.
"When January comes we'll see – you never know how things will go, so we'll look at it then."