clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Arsenal’s 20-21 Loan Round-up - Who, Where & Outlook (Part 2)

New, comments

We wrap up the series with a look at the midfield and forward players out on loan this season.

Charlton Athletic v Doncaster Rovers - Sky Bet League One Photo by James Chance/Getty Images

The Arsenal have had an another fruitful summer transfer window finding new homes for several academy players as they get their first true test of senior level action. If you missed the first half of this series from yesterday you can find that here - Part 1 - Arsenal’s goalkeepers and defenders out on loan.

Part two begins with the two big names that left in the final days of the window, but the focus here should instead be on the names that may one day be lining up in the Premier League.

Matteo Guendouzi
Age: 21
Position: CM
New Club: Hertha Berlina (Bundesliga)
Length of Loan: Full season
Outlook: It’s been an odd road for Guendouzi thus far. He went from playing in the French second division to starting 33 matches for Arsenal in his first season in London. But after two positive years, he fell out with Mikel Arteta and never found his way back into the squad. His transfer/loan has been expected for a while now, but this year long move to Germany might be the best all around. Hertha finished mid-table last season and could use his services to challenge for a Europa League spot, Arsenal needed him away from camp to avoid the distraction (they already have Ozil’s situation to deal with), and Matteo gets a chance to continue starting in a top European league rather than training away from the first team at Arsenal. Could he return next season? At the moment it seems unlikely, but at 21, anything is possible. A strong, and maturing, season in the Bundesliga appears like the only way a return to the Emirates is feasible.

Lucas Torreira
Age: 24
Position:
New Club: Atletico Madrid (La Liga)
Length of Loan: Full season
Outlook: Like Guendouzi, Torreira was an exciting new midfield addition, but after two years his Arsenal career looks over despite both players being under 25. He had 50 appearances in first year with the club, but never seemed to find favor in Arteta’s system. With the arrival of Dani Ceballos last season and now Thomas Partey, Torreira seemed like the 5th or 6th option in midfield. He was a fan favorite, but his return next summer looks unlikely.

Ben Sheaf
Age: 22
Position: CM
New Club: Coventry City (Championship)
Length of Loan: Half season
Outlook: Like your team in Football Manager or FIFA, Sheaf is climbing the English pyramid. Two seasons ago he made 10 appearances for Stevenage in League Two, before playing nearly 40 times for Doncaster Rovers in League One last year. Ben is now getting to challenge himself in the second division, already starting three times this season. He prefers to play as the more defensive of a midfield pair or trio, which is a position Arsenal could use a younger option to break through, as Willock prefers to join the attack more often. This is one of the key Arsenal loans to watch this season.

Matt Smith
Age: 20
Position: CM
New Club: Swindon Town (League One)
Length of Loan: Full season
Outlook: Over the past two seasons Smith has made the jumps you’d hope for. U18s during the 18/19 season, the U23s for the 19/20 season, and now on a full season loan to get senior level experience. In fact, Smith has already started six times for Swindon, going the full 90 in each and picking up one goal and one assist. Similar to the path the Ben Sheaf has been on, Smith has the potential to play at higher level and will be getting his first true test this year.

Trae Coyle
Age: 19
Position: AM
New Club: Gillingham (League One)
Length of Loan: Full season
Outlook: U18s -> U23s -> League One in successive seasons, sound familiar yet? He is off to a quick start to the season with Gillingham, appearing in eight of the club’s ten matches across competitions so far. He’s scored two goals already and has been played on the left side of the front line, which is nice to see his versatility put to use.

Tyreece John-Jules
Age: 19
Position: CF
New Club: Doncaster Rovers (League One)
Length of Loan: Full season
Outlook: At the club since 2006, John-Jules is likely one of the academy players best known to the general Arsenal supporters. After 15 goals from 37 matches in the Premier League 2, it’s time to test him at the senior level. Last year he spent half a season on loan at Lincoln City in League One getting seven appearances and a goal, his first time away from Arsenal. Now, he has a full season move to Doncaster, where he already has five matches and a goal to begin the year. He has the ability to play as a the central striker or or either side of a front three.

You made it to the end of part two, congratulations. Understandably, the majority of attention goes to the first team and Mikel Arteta’s rebuilding project. However, there are a lot of exciting prospects within the Arsenal system and this year will tell us a lot as the majority of them get their first challenge away from academy football and going up against League One sides. Of the attacking and midfield players who are you most exciting to see this season or to see how they fair in years to come?