2021/22 Arsenal Loan Watch Summary

 

Arsenal have numerous players out on loan this season, the majority of which play for the under-23s. Here is AFC Newsroom’s summary of who is where plus a background on our loanees…

 

William Saliba (Marseille, French Ligue 1)

Saliba, 20, joined Arsenal from St Etienne in 2019 for £27million. Part of the deal involved the player returning to ASSE on loan for the 2019/20 campaign, where he enjoyed a good spell, helping them reach the French Cup final.

The centre-back returned to London to fight for a place in the first team, but was limited to u23 appearances before heading back to France in January 2021, joining Nice.

Once again not part of manager Mikel Arteta’s plans, he has joined Marseille on loan this season, where he will feature in the UEFA Europa League.

He is yet to make a first team appearance for Arsenal.

 

Matteo Guendouzi (Marseille)

Another Frenchman on loan in his native country, Guendouzi, 22, has joined Marseille on a season-long loan with an obligation next summer.

He has likely played his last game for Arsenal, which was against Brighton in June 2020, where he notably grabbed his compatriot Neal Maupay by the neck after the final whistle.

Guendouzi joined Arsenal from Lorient in 2018 and made 82 appearances over the course of two seasons before moving to Hertha Berlin on loan for the 20/21 campaign where he made 24 appearances.

Hector Bellerin (Real Betis, Spanish LaLiga)

Bellerin, 26, joined Arsenal in July 2011 and was the club’s first choice right-back by 2015.

He has made 239 first team appearances and was part of Spain’s Euro 2016 squad.

The 26-year-old previously had a loan spell at Watford in 13/14.

He joined his the team he supported as a boy, Real Betis, for the season.

 

Reiss Nelson (Feyenoord, Dutch Eredivisie)

Nelson, 21, joined the Arsenal academy at the age of nine, signing as a scholar at 16.

He has made 48 first team appearances and was named as Premier League 2 Player of the Season in 17/18.

He enjoyed a successful loan spell with German side Hoffenheim in 18/19, scoring seven Bundesliga goals in 23 matches.

He moves to Feyenoord for the season as he aims to get more regular playing time.

 

Konstantinos Mavropanos (Stuttgart, German Bundesliga)

Mavropanos, 23, joined Arsenal from Greek side PAS Giannina in 2017 for a fee in the region of £1.8m.

The centre-back has featured in eight first team matches for the Gunners, but like Guendouzi, might have played his last match for the club.

Playing his second season on loan at Stuttgart, Mavropanos has impressed and is now a constant in their starting eleven.

The German club have the option to buy the Greek at the end of the season, for a fee believed to be worth up to £5m.

 

Lucas Torreira (Fiorentina, Italian Serie A)

A combative midfielder, Torreira, 25, became a fans favourite early into his Arsenal career after making his £25m move from Sampdoria, scoring in a North London Derby victory in December 2018.

However, his playing time was reduced in his second season before becoming an outcast under Arteta.

He spent last term on loan at Atletico Madrid, helping them win the LaLiga title.

Torreira will play for Fiorentina in 21/22, with the Italian club having the option to make the transfer permanent at the end of the season for around £13m.

 

Miguel Azeez (Portsmouth, English League One)

Azeez, 18, has been at the club since the age of five and has been a regular with the u18s and u23s in recent seasons.

The midfielder was in the matchday squad four times during last season’s Europa League campaign, making his debut against Dundalk in December.

This will be his first loan spell whilst at Arsenal and is definitely a player to look out for.

He joins Portsmouth for the season, managed by Danny Cowley who was in charge of Huddersfield Town during Emile Smith Rowe’s loan at the Championship club.

 

Tyreece John-Jules (Blackpool, English Championship)

John-Jules, 20, started training with Arsenal at the age of eight and has made his way through the youth system.

He has been involved in many first team matchday squads, including the 2020 Community Shield victory over Liverpool.

The striker has previously spent time on loan at Doncaster Rovers and Lincoln City in League One.

He will spend the season on loan at Blackpool, getting a taste of Championship football for the first time.

 

Daniel Ballard (Millwall, English Championship)

Ballard, 21, is a product of the Hale End academy, also joining Arsenal at eight years old.

The central defender captained the club’s u18s to the FA Youth Cup final in 2018 and has been a regular in the Premier League 2 side.

He spent last term on loan at Blackpool, helping them to promotion up to the Championship as a key member of their squad.

Ballard will represent Millwall this season where he will gain some excellent experience.

Alex Runarsson (OH Leuven, Belgian Pro League)

The Icelandic goalkeeper, 26, joined from Dijon last summer for around £2m and made six first team appearances last term.

Runarsson made 62 appearances over his four years in Denmark and was named FC Nordsjaelland’s player of the season in his final campaign there.

He joins Leuven in Belgium’s top flight for the 21/22 campaign.

 

Jordi Osei-Tutu (Nottingham Forest, English Championship)

A versatile player, Osei-Tutu, 22, joined Arsenal as a scholar from Reading in 2015 before signing as a young professional later that year.

He spent last season on loan at Cardiff City where he missed the vast majority of their campaign due to injury.

The youngster enjoyed a successful spell with VfL Bochum in the German second division in 19/20, playing primarily as a right-back.

It’s Nottingham Forest for him this season as he continues his development and aims to bounce back after a difficult season with Cardiff.

 

Matt Smith (Doncaster Rovers, English League One)

Smith, 20, has been with the north Londoners since u9 level and has been a key member of the u18 and u23 squad during his time at the club.

The young midfielder was an unused substitute as Arsenal beat Chelsea in the FA Cup final in 2020.

He spent last term on loan with Swindon Town and Charlton Athletic in League One and joins Doncaster for 21/22.

 

Harry Clarke (Ross County, Scottish Premiership)

Joining Arsenal in 2015 from Ipswich Town, Clarke, 20, will spend this season with Ross County in Scotland’s top division.

The defender spent last term on loan with Oldham Athletic in League Two, making 32 league appearances.

Clarke picked up some game time for Arsenal this summer, starting against Hibernian in a friendly.

Jonathan Dinzeyi (Carlisle United, English League Two)

Dinzeyi, 21, joined us in the summer of 2020 after his contract at Tottenham came to an end.

An u23s regular, the London-born defender made 16 PL2 appearances last term.

He joins Carlisle for this season to gain some vital first team experience.

 

Nikolaj Moller (Viktoria Koln, German 3. Liga)

Moller, 19, joined Arsenal from Malmo in 2020 for around £450,000.

The Swede will experience some important first team football with his temporary club.

He is a tall, physical striker – likened to Zlatan Ibrahimovic – who scored seven goals in PL2 last season and is thought of very highly within the club.

 

Deyan Iliev (SKF Sered, Slovakian Fortuna Liga)

Iliev, 26, joined Arsenal in September 2012 from North Macedonian side FK Belasica.

He spent a period on loan in League One with Shrewsbury Town last season and has returned to Sered where he enjoyed a loan spell during the 19/20 season.

The goalkeeper has captained Arsenal u23s in recent seasons and also had a loan spell with Polish top division side Jagiellonia Bialystok in 2020.

 

Tom Smith (Welling United, English National League South)

An Arsenal graduate, Smith, 19, made four appearances for the u23s in PL2 last season.

The goalkeeper also gained experience in previous loan spells with Salisbury City in the Southern League Premier Division and Dover Athletic in the National League.

He will spend the 21/22 season on loan with Welling in the National League.

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