Four months into the season, Arsenal’s loanees have had time to settle at their temporary clubs, so let’s have a look at how each of them is doing.

1Krystian Bielik

Charlton’s Krystian Bielik warming up before the game with Southend United. Photo: Kyle Andrews
  • Position: Centre-back/Defensive Midfield
  • Loaned to: Charlton – League One
  • Appearances: 12
  • Goals: 2
  • Clean sheets: 4

Krystian Bielik started the campaign in decent form, before picking up another injury. That sparked concerns that this season could turn out the same way as his last one, where he barely played. However, the defender has since returned to the pitch and put together a run of eight consecutive league appearances.

Bielik has moved back and forth between the Charlton defence and defensive midfield since joining, without once putting together a run of more than three games in the same position. His appearances at centre-back appeared to be going better, with consecutive clean sheets in his last three starts, but currently, he’s back in midfield again.

The main thing is that Bielik is staying fit, since recovering from that injury in September. Arsenal already have enough centre-backs taking regular injury breaks, so the Polish u21 international needs to keep proving he can be more reliable.

Loan rating: 7/10

Calum Chambers

via Fulham FC
  • Position: Centre-back/Defensive Midfield
  • Loaned to: Fulham – Premier League
  • Appearances: 11
  • Clean sheets: 1

On the surface, Chambers has had a very similar loan spell to Bielik. He started as a first-choice centre-back, before dropping out of the team and picking up an injury. Then recently he moved to defensive midfield.

However, the Englishman isn’t quite getting the same rave reviews as his Polish counterpart. In fairness, he’s playing in a much more competitive league, but Chambers is still yet to win over the Fulham fans. Bottom of the league having conceded more goals than any other team, it’s not hard to see why they’re upset.

Claudio Ranieri seems to have taken to the defender though, starting him consistently since his arrival. Hopefully, this is the start of a good run of games.

Loan rating: 5/10

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