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Loan Watch: Wilshere and Chambers both start

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After months of inactivity, Arsenal splashed the cash this summer, finishing with a net spend of £85 million. New signings, Rob Holding, Granit Xhaka and Shkodran Mustafi have all settled well, while Lucas Perez is still bedding in and youngsters, Kelechi Nwakali and Takuma Asano were among the 12 players Arsenal loaned out.

First-team player, Campbell was loaned out yet again, which surprised many Arsenal fans. Campbell had been impressive in pre-season which led to many thinking he would be kept to fight for a first-team spot, this was not the case. Jack Wilshere was also sent on loan in order to get valuable game time and match fitness. While he may indeed recover some of his past form, it might have been valuable for Arsenal to keep him.

So let’s have a look at how Arsenal’s loanees got on this week…

Joel Campbell: The Costa Rican international was an unused substitute in Sporting Lisbon’s 3-3 draw with Vitoria Guimaraes.

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Wojciech Szczesny : The Polish ‘keeper played the whole game as Roma beat Inter Milan 2-1, thanks to a Kostas Manolas winner.

Jack Wilshere: The talented midfielder started the game for Bournemouth and played 74 minutes before being subbed off. Within the 74 minutes, Wilshere hit the post, received a yellow card and should’ve scored. Bournemouth drew the game 2-2 against Watford.

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Calum Chambers: The young defender played his second full 90 minutes for Middlesbrough in their 1-1 draw with West Ham.

Takuma Asano: The Japanese international played 74 minutes as Stuttgart drew 1-1 with VFl Bochum.

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Stefan O’Connor and Kelechi Nwakali: O’Connor came on as a late stoppage time substitute as Maastricht beat Camburr 2-1. Nwakali did not play.

Tafari Moore: Did not play in FC Utrecht’s 3-2 loss to Ajax.

Dan Crowley: Once regarded as one of the best youth prospects in English football, Daniel Crowley has seen his career take a slight downturn. Ths pasts week he was an unused substitute as Oxford United beat Bolton Wanderers 2-0.

Ryan Huddart: Huddart was an unused substitute in Eastleigh’s 3-3 draw with Woking.

Jon Toral: Toral was an unused substitute as Granada lost 1-0 to Leganes.

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Julio Pleguezuelo: Pleguezuelo was an unused substitue in Mallorca’s 3-1 to Lugo.

Glen Kamara: Kamara came on as a late second-half substitute in Colchester United’s 2-0 loss to Carlisle.

 

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