Arsenal have as many as 17 players out on loan this season.
As the Gunners were extremely busy in the summer transfer window, signing no less than six players, manager Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu had to trim the size of the first-team squad.
Therefore, the likes of William Saliba, Matteo Guendouzi, Konstantinos Mavropanos, Hector Bellerin and Reiss Nelson have all left the club temporarily – although for some a return to Arsenal next summer looks unlikely.
But it’s not just first-team players that have been loaned out as many of the club’s most promising players have ventured out to aid their development by getting regular game time under their belts.
From Miguel Azeez to Tyreece John-Jules, there are plenty of names to keep a close eye on as the season progresses.
So how are the 17 Arsenal loan stars getting on around the world? football.london takes a look.
Harry Clarke (Ross County), Jonathan Dinzeyi (Carlisle United) and Jordi Osei-Tutu (Nottingham Forest) all failed to make their respective matchday squads at the weekend, whilst Alex Runarsson was an unused substitute in OH Leuven’s 2-0 loss away at Mechelen.
After making his debut against Atalanta last weekend, Lucas Torreira didn’t make it off the bench as Fiorentina recorded another 2-1 away win, this time at Genoa to keep pace with both Milan clubs at the top of the Serie A table.
Nikolaj Moller has missed Viktoria Koln’s last three games in a row because he is currently sidelined with a back bruise, as per transfermarkt and there’s no date set for his return yet.
Reiss Nelson is still waiting to make his Feyenoord bow after missing the goalless draw against Maccabi Haifa in the Europa Conference League and the 4-0 Eredivisie win over PSV on Sunday.
And judging by Feyenoord boss Arne Slot’s recent comments, it might be a while before the winger is involved.
“No, he is not there, it is quite difficult to explain,” Slot said when explaining Nelson’s absence vs PSV, as per the Sun. “I have asked the medical staff if that is easy, but that does not seem to be easy. The bottom line is that he is in good condition, but that is different from playing matches and a certain kind of training.
“At Arsenal, he was part of the selection, but there they did a lot of eleven-on-eleven and he belonged to the team that had to imitate the opponent. Then you have to walk a bit like the coach wants you to walk.
“He has not played any matches. The intensity of our exercises may have happened there, but he was not there.”
Miguel Azeez lasted 59 minutes on his Portsmouth debut as they were beaten 2-1 at home by Cambridge United whilst goalkeeper Dejan Iliev was unable to keep another clean sheet as Sered lost 2-0 at Spartak Trnava.
Konstantinos Mavropanos played 90 minutes of Stuttgart’s 3-1 loss at home to Bayer Leverkusen – a game that saw the visitors concede and go down to 10 men just after the half hour mark but still run out comfortable victors.
It wasn’t all bad for Arsenal’s loanees as Matt Smith helped Doncaster Rovers beat Morecambe 1-0 to register their first win of the League One campaign and Daniel Ballard played 90 minutes of Millwall’s 1-1 draw with Coventry City.
Tom Smith has finally made his debut for Welling United, but it was one he won’t want to remember as the National League South side lost 2-0 at home to Harrow Borough on Saturday thus ending their FA Cup journey.
Tyreece John-Jules is still awaiting his first goal in Blackpool colours, but did help them record an impressive 2-1 win away at Middlesbrough which makes it two wins from three for the Championship new boys.
Hector Bellerin claimed an assist on his home debut for Real Betis, showing great determination to prevent the ball from going out of play before teeing up Nabil Fekir to equalise on the stroke of half-time in a 2-2 draw against Espanyol.
However, Arsenal’s loan star of the past week is once again William Saliba.
The central defender earned rave reviews for his performance against Lokomotiv Moscow in the Europa League last Thursday and followed that up with another assured performance as Marseille beat Rennes 2-0, repeating last week’s trick of matching Ben White and Gabriel in terms of keeping a clean sheet.
There should also be a special mention for Matteo Guendouzi who has been equally as impressive as Saliba by all accounts in helping Jorge Sampaoli’s side emerge as Paris Saint-Germain’s closest challengers for the Ligue 1 title in the early stages of the campaign.
Source by Football London