In addition to Arsenal’s loanees getting game time for their respective clubs, there was also a lot of movement in the last few days of the transfer window.
Marc Bola, who is on loan at Bristol Rovers, faced Bradford City on Saturday, although was an unused substitute as The Gas fell to a 3-1 defeat courtesy of a Charlie Wyke hat-trick.
Meanwhile Stuttgart, who have taken Takuma Asano on loan again this season, played a friendly match in Germany. However, Asano was away on international duty, scoring for Japan, so he didn’t play any part.
As for last-minute deals. the protracted Lucas Perez summer saga finally found a conclusion as the 28-year-old agreed to go back to Deportivo on loan, with a view to a permanent deal next year. Joel Campbell was another major departure joining a former club on loan, returning to Real Betis.
Finally, still reportedly unable to secure a work permit at this stage, Kelechi Nwakali joined Eredivisie side VVV-Venlo, the same club that Gedion Zelalem spent the second half of last season at. This represents a step up for Nwakali, after he played at second division side MVV Maastricht last year, also in the Netherlands.