Loan Watch: Toral starts while Nwakali impresses yet again

While most of us were paying particular interest to any potential deals during the transfer window, Arsenal still had a good amount of players who stepped out for their loan clubs this past weekend. 

Moreover, Arsenal will now have an additional nine players out on loan after a flurry of late loan deals over the last few days. With that said, however, let’s have a look at how the current loanees got on:

Wojciech Szczesny – AS Roma

The Pole shot-stopper saw his side lose ground on league leaders Juventus with a 3-2 defeat against Sampdoria. Szczesny will have been disappointed with his defence, allowing their opponents 18 shots at goal across the 90 minutes. Despite not being at fault for the goals, the on-loan ‘keeper will be hoping to make amends next time out against Cesena.

Jon Toral – Rangers FC

The Spanish midfielder continued his Scottish baptism of fire with a fiery encounter at Motherwell in which both sides were reduced to ten men within 30 minutes. Toral was unable to stamp his mark on the match and was subsequently substituted in the 68th minute with the game deadlocked at 0-0. Rangers went on to win the match 2-0 and progressed to the 5th round of the Scottish Cup.

Takuma Asano – VFB Stuttgart

The speedy forward played the full 90 minutes in Stuttgart’s 1-0 win over bottom side St. Pauli to move level on points with league leaders Eintracht Braunschweiger. Asano produced little of note in the match, however, continues to be a mainstay in the German side gunning for promotion.

Julio Plegezuelo – RCD Mallorca

Coming on in the 29th minute, the former Arsenal under-21 captain helped Mallorca to their first clean sheet in five games, shutting Cadiz out to record a 0-0 draw. An injury picked up by first-team regular Juan Rodriguez may open the door to Plegezuelo to gain more starts for the struggling Spanish outfit.

Kelechi Nwakali – MVV Maastricht

The Nigerian wonderkid continued his development in the number.10 role for the Dutch second-tier side, playing in a 1-1 draw with NAC Breda. The youngster – who was so influential with Nigeria in the under-17 World Cup – is enjoying playing at the heart of everything offensive with Maastricht.

Joel Campbell – Sporting Lisbon

The Costa Rican winger’s frustrating time in Portugal continued at the weekend, spending the full 90 minutes on the bench whilst his team beat Pacos De Ferreira 4-2.

Calum Chambers, Jack Wilshere, Stefan O’Connor, Tafari Moore and Dan Crowley did not make an appearance.

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