In our first loan watch of the new season, we’re going to take you through how the Arsenal loanees are getting on as the competitive matches get underway.
Although there will almost certainly be further loan departures before the end of the transfer window, there are currently just four players on loan from Arsenal. We round up who has gone where and how life at their new club has started below:
1. Takuma Asano
Asano (22) was the first player to go on loan, as he rejoined Stuttgart for the 2017/18 season. Takuma spent the 2016/17 season with the German side, but this season promises to provide new challenges as Stuttgart gained promotion to the Bundesliga.
Last season Asano scored four goals and added four assists in his 27 appearances, playing most of his games on the wings. So far in pre-season he’s made four starts, and the competitive matches get underway later today [Sunday] as Stuttgart face Cottbus in the DFB Pokal (the German Cup).
2. Marc Bola
Next on loan is another player who is yet to make a first-team appearance for Arsenal, Marc Bola (19). Having spent his youth career with the Gunners, Marc signed professional terms with Arsenal in April 2016. The left back spent last season on loan with Notts County and made 13 appearances.
Now Marc has gone to Bristol Rovers, but so far he is yet to make an appearance in Rovers’ three competitive matches. Bristol have lost their first two league matches, but won their League Cup match against Cambridge United, which is good news for Marc’s hopes of cup starts in future. He made the bench on all three occasions.
3. Emi Martinez
Emi (24) spent pre-season with the Gunners, but has now gone on loan to Getafe for the remainder of the season. Getafe are yet to play a competitive game, but Emi has made a couple of appearances in pre-season.
He conceded two goals in each of the two losses for Getafe, but hopefully his fortunes will change when the real matches get underway.
4. Stephy Mavididi
Another youth player looking for game time, Mavididi (19) has gone on loan to Preston North End this year. Stephy made five appearances on loan at Charlton in the last campaign, but his time was cut short due to an injury.
Now he’s back playing again, and started Preston’s League Cup match against Accrington, making him the first Arsenal loanee to play a competitive game. He played 53 minutes before being subbed off, and Preston went on to lose 3-2.
Stephy then wasn’t included in the squad for Preston’s first Championship match of the season against Leeds.