Granada have officially announced that Jon Toral has been recalled by Arsenal with the midfielder very likely to go out on loan to Rangers.
The Spanish club have released a statement on their official website explaining that Arsenal have chosen to recall the 21-year-old, saying, “Granada CF wants to wish the best of luck to a player who always played with absolute professionalism and who scored a beautiful goal against Osasuna in Copa del Rey this season.”
Toral knows Rangers’ boss, Mark Warburton, from when he was on loan with Brentford back in 2014/15. Plus, last season Arsenal sent Gedion Zelalem there and the midfielder got regular playing time, which is what Arsene Wenger wants for Toral.
“We work on it to see if it is possible, yes,” Wenger said.
“Yes [he could go to Rangers], because he has played games there [for Granada] but at the moment he doesn’t play and personally I think it would be a good transition for him.”
Toral is one of those players who was destined for big things but once sent out on loan to La Liga, he barely got any game time, playing just six games overall for the team and only managing 267 minutes in La Liga.
You can’t really blame the boss for recalling him, can you?
Toral also seems very open to the move, recently saying,
“When there is interest in you from such a big club then it’s always good but that’s as much as I can say right now.
“It’s not easy to talk about it because I am still a Granada player and we have a a game to prepare for on Saturday against Real Madrid, so my thoughts are on that. But if it happens, it happens. We’ll see in the next few weeks.
“I would rather speak about this later. I think it would be disrespectful to speak about other clubs now while I’m in Granada and I’m training with them. I’m a team player here, a squad player and I don’t think it’s right to talk about other teams right now.
“If I have to leave then it’ll be different but right now I’m just thinking about the game against Real Madrid so I apologise because I can’t say too much more at this moment.”
Since the Serge Gnabry/West Brom loan debacle, it seems that Arsenal are being far more proactive regarding their loanees and checking to make sure they’re getting the most out of their brief time with another club.
We’ve also recalled Ryan Huddart from Eastleigh for a similar reason.