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Arsenal Loan Army: Pre-season Primer

A look at where the Gunners’ loanees will be this season.

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While the Premier League still has just over a week before the 2019/20 season kicks off, a number of Arsenal players are set to debut with their new squads even sooner. League One, League Two, the Slovak Super Liga, and 2. Bundesliga all kick off this Friday, while Ligue 1 and the marquee Arsenal loanee have one week remaining.

Here is a quick rundown of the Arsenal players out on loan (so far), where they will be this season and how each club did last year.

Daniel Ballard

Age: 19

Position: Center Back

On Loan To: Swindon Town

League: Finished 13th in the league. Exited the FA Cup in the 2nd round, EFL Cup in the first round, and did not advance past the group stages in the EFL Trophy.

Last Season: League Two

Dejan Iliev

Age: 24

Position: Goalkeeper

On Loan To: ŠKF iClinic Sereď

League: Slovak Super Liga

Last Season: Finished 6th in the league and advancing to the Round of 16 in the Slovak Cup.

Jordi Osei-Tutu

Age: 20

Position: Right-back

On Loan To: VfL Bochum

League: 2. Bundesliga

Last Season: Finished 11th in the league and exited the Cup in the first round.

Ben Sheaf

Age: 19

Position: Defensive Central Midfielder

On Loan To: Doncaster Rovers

League: League One

Last Season: Finished 6th, making the playoffs losing to Krystian Bielik’s Charlton Athletic on penalties. Advanced to the fifth round of the FA Cup before being knocked out by Crystal Palace. While the club saw early exits in the EFL Cup (2nd round) and EFL Trophy (Group Stage).

William Saliba

Age: 18

Position: Center Back

On Loan To: Saint-Étienne

League: Ligue 1

Last Season: Finished fourth in the French top flight, qualifying for the Europa League. Were knocked out early in both the Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue.

We will keep you updated on how the Arsenal players do throughout the upcoming season. Of course the expectations for Saliba are high, but which other player(s) can use a strong year on loan to challenge for the Arsenal first team next season?