By Tony Attwood in Oz
We all know about Hector Bellerin who has made a breakthrough into the squad this year. Also coming through (but currently injured for about six weeks) is Isaac Hayden, along with Gedion Zelamem, Serge Gnabry (who of course made his break through last season before being injured) plus Chuba Akpom who has been given a first team squad number.
Trying to make sense of who else might be coming through or indeed travelling in the opposite direction is tough and as we have learned in recent years very few actually do make it to the top.
I took it that Francis Coquelin’s last unhappy loan spell could mean the end for him at Arsenal. Then he turned up regularly on the bench in the early games, until on 3 November Francis Coquelin joined Charlton on a month’s loan and a day later came on as a sub in an away match against Leeds. The game ended in a 2-2 draw.
Maybe (and here’s a scenario I’ve just made up) a deal has been struck to bring in another player in January, meaning that Francis is now going to be moved on. Maybe (another invention) he is considered to have what it takes but just needs some games. Hence the one month loan.
Carl Jenkinson continues to play for WHU, getting mixed reviews. But someone whose reviews are anything but mixed is Benik Afobe, who plays for MK Dons. Apparently he is getting better and better.
Although his career has been interrupted by injury, he’s still managed loan spells with Huddersfield, Reading, Bolton, Millwall, Sheffield W, and now the MK Dons, scoring all the way, including two against Man U as MK Dons knocked them out of the league cup. He’s 21, so if he is coming back to Arsenal I guess it will be next summer or never.
Ryo‘s time for Arsenal does seem to be over with him now being on a season long loan with FC Twente. He played 66 minutes in their last game, as they beat Heerenveen 2-0.
And then there is Wellington who has played here and there, and never been able to get a work permit, until now. He has gained a Spanish passport which means he can play for us whenever he’s wanted. He came with astonishingly high hopes expressed about him, but they faded although he now seems to be back in favour having been called into the Brazil under 21 squad. He did play 38 times for Murcia last season and has played 7 times for Almeria this season, so maybe there is hope. His Arsenal contract runs until 2016.
Julio Pleguezuelo plays centre back and he has been out with an injury. We saw him against Boreham Wood and he trained with the first team prior to the game against Burnley. He signed from Barcelona and is very highly praised at the moment.
But in terms of who else might move on it looks like Joel Campbell, who is not getting a chance on the bench always, at the moment, could go. AC Milan, Olympiakos and Galatasaray are top of the lists that journalists who focus on such things have made up.
Jon Toral is on loan at Brentford for whom he has played eight and scored two.
And that’s about it for the list of those who might make it with us in the next year or two. Unless I’ve missed someone, in which case it isn’t.
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