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Jon Toral recalled from loan, is immediately sent back out on loan

The oft-loaned midfielder was recalled from Granada only to be sent back out on loan to Rangers FC

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Jon Toral arrived at Arsenal at the same exact time as his fellow La Masia product and good friend, Hector Bellerin. That's where the similarities end.

Whereas Bellerin made a quick loan stop at Watford for half a season before being recalled back to Arsenal and turning into one of the continent's best right backs, Toral has bounced around Europe to various clubs on loan in an attempt to gain experience and that crucial recall back home.

Arsene Wenger sent out Toral at the beginning of this season to Granada - his third loan spell in two years' time (Brentford, Birmingham City being the other clubs he was sent to) - making only six total appearances since August. Partially in part because of his limited time, but also as a chance to reunite with former Brentford manager Mark Warburton while playing in a system that closely resembles Arsenal's, Toral was recalled from Granada in order to join Warburton at Rangers through the end of the season.

Toral is the third Arsenal youth player in recent memory to go to Rangers on loan (Gedion Zelalem and Kyle Bartley both made stops at Ibrox), and he seems pretty excited about his arrival there:

"I know Gedion Zelalem had a great time here last season when he was on loan from Arsenal, so that was on my mind.

I spoke to [former Rangers and Arsenal player] Mikel Arteta as well and he told me I would enjoy my time here, so that helped me take the decision."

Here's hoping his time at Rangers is productive and furthers his development, since there's still a desire within most of our fanbase to see the youth academy graduating players to the first team. and that Toral makes the most of his time and returns as an option Wenger has a rough time taking opportunities away from.