It was a mixed finish to the Easter weekend for Arsenal’s loanees in action across Europe.

Friday and Saturday loanwatch here including a two goals, one from a direct freekick

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1. ENGLAND

Chuba Akpom came on for the final ten minutes as Brighton clinched automatic promotion to the Premier League with a 2-1 win over Wigan.

Krystian Bielik started and played the full 90 minutes during Birmingham’s disappointing 2-0 defeat against Burton Albion. Manager Gianfranco Zola resigned following the loss, which is unsurprising given their poor form in recent months since his appointment.

Bielik’s individual match statistics (per WhoScored):

– Six aerial duels won, 73 touches
– Two tackles, two interceptions, one clearance and a foul
– Three accurate long balls, 74.1% pass accuracy

Marc Bola started and completed the full match on a frustrating afternoon for Notts County as they were defeated 3-1 at home against Portsmouth. The left-back was booked in stoppage time.

Stevenage drew 1-1 away from home at Carlisle and did so with Kaylen Hinds operating as the lone striker in a 4-3-3 formation. Kaylen was replaced in second-half stoppage time and Darren Sarll’s tactical changes helped his side avoid a third consecutive league defeat.

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