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Jan

Mid-season report: How the loanees are getting on


Written by Connor Ashworth

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Arsenal have several players out on loan this season both at home and abroad, each with varying degrees of success. Jack Wilshere is the one that steals the limelight; The English midfielder was sent on loan to build his game time after a sustained period of time with constant injuries and has performed well so far. Here we take a look at how they’ve got on so far this season.

Calum Chambers: Middlesbrough FC

Apps: 14 Goals: 1 Clean Sheets: 3 League Position: 16th

There have been a number of glowing reports coming from the Middlesbrough camp about Chambers’ progress this season. Playing at centre half, Chambers is improving game by game, typified by his ‘man of the match’ performance against Burnley. He appears to be rekindling the form shown in his early days at Arsenal and will be hoping this continues to give Wenger something to think about.

Jack Wilshere: AFC Bournemouth

Apps: 15 Goals: 0 Assists: 1 League Position: 9th

Jack adapted slowly to life on the south coast, most probably due to his lack of game time over the last few years. However, more recently Wilshere has become a lynchpin in Eddie Howe’s side and is becoming ever more influential to the side’s play. With an outstanding performance despite a 3-0 loss to Chelsea, Arsenal will be desperate that he maintains his fitness for the rest of the season.

Wojciech Szczesny: AS Roma

Apps: 18 Clean Sheets: 6 League Position: 2nd

Szczesny has continued to build on his form in his second loan spell with the Italian giants, helping to propel the club to second in the league and cementing his no.1 status. His overall performances have been solid with 6 clean sheets to his name. However, silly mistakes are still a part of the Pole’s game and he will be keen to iron these out in the second half of the season.

Joel Campbell: Sporting CP

Apps: 15 Goals: 3 Assists: League Position: 4th

Despite his breakout campaign last season, Campbell was sent out on loan to Portugal and has since struggled to maintain his form. With only five starts this season and only completing 90 minutes twice, the diminutive winger appears to be proving Wenger right in his decision to send him on loan. Arsenal may be looking to strengthen in the wide areas, however Campbell’s form has been disappointing.

Dan Crowley: Go Ahead Eagles (Prev. Oxford United)

Signing on the 27th December, Dan Crowley is yet to make an appearance for the Eredivisie side. Arsenal will be hoping this move will prove to be somewhat of re-kick to his progress, as his loan move was cut short by Oxford. For the second time in two seasons, Crowley was sent back due to his unprofessionalism which will be of great concern to Wenger and Arsenal. Crowley’s ability is held in the highest regard amongst the Arsenal hierarchy, however there appears to be a worrying trend in the midfielder’s discipline – incidentally, Crowley was sent off in hsi first game for the Dutch side.

Jon Toral: Soon to be Rangers

Apps 5: Goals: 0 Assists: 0 League Position: 19th

Despite Granada’s woeful domestic form, Toral did not make any meaningful effect. Used sparingly, Toral and Arsenal made the choice to cancel his loan move. It appears the 21-year-old is running out of time to convince the Arsenal management that he deserves a place at the Gunners moving forward, he will reportedly join Rangers ofr the rest of the season, where he must play well to save his Arsenal future. 

Kelechi Nwakali: MVV Maastricht

Apps: 11 Goals:1 Assists: 0 League Position: 3rd

The much-talked-about Nigerian wonder-kid has gained valuable first-team experience in the first half of this season. It would seem Nwakali has settled in well, getting off the mark with a stoppage-time strike in Maastricht’s 2-0 victory of De Graafschap, and helping the side to third in the division. A promotion fight is precisely the level of competition Arsenal would have been hoping for when sending the teenager out on loan.

Julio Pleguezuelo: RCD Mallorca

Apps: 4 Clean Sheets: 1 Red Cards: 1 League Position: 20th

Pleguezuelo, yet another La Masia product in the Arsenal academy, has found opportunities difficult to come by. The former under-21 captain had a wretched 2015/2016 campaign with a season blighted by injuries, the loan move was intended to rectify this lack of game time. When the ball-playing centre-half has made it onto the pitch he has been overeager to impress, as signified by his late red card against Elche.

Tafari Moore: Jong Utrecht FC

Apps: 13 Clean Sheets: 2 League Position: 17th

Playing in FC Utrecht’s second team, Moore and his teammates find themselves struggling near the bottom of the Dutch second tier. A recent call-up and subsequent appearance for the first team suggests Moore be showing signs that he is coming into some decent form.

Takuma Asano: VFB Stuttgart

Apps: 13 Goals: 2 Assists: 4 League Position: 3rd

Another Arsenal loanee that finds himself in the midst of a promotion battle, Asano has performed well for the German outfit. His best and most productive form has come from the left wing, using his pace to lay on three assists on a goal from the wide areas. A solid second half to the season may put the Japanese starlet in Wenger’s plans moving forward.


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