Six months into the season, let’s have a look at how each of Arsenal’s loanees is doing so far.
- Position: Goalkeeper
- Loaned to: Napoli – Serie A
- Appearances: 17
- Clean sheets: 6
Moving on to the goalkeepers, David Ospina has made a good start to life in Italy. At first, the fans weren’t sure about the club bringing in a goalkeeper who was way down the pecking order with Arsenal, but he’s won them over pretty quickly.
Despite only keeping a limited number of clean sheets, Ospina has put in a fair few impressive performances, particularly in the Champions League. Keeping a clean sheet in the win over Liverpool and earning Napoli two draws against PSG with his saves can’t do any harm to his reputation.
Plus, he’s on a great run right now, having not conceded in his last three games.
In fact, the rumours are that Napoli now want to activate their option-to-buy, regardless of whether Ospina reaches the minimum number of appearances to activate their compulsory purchase clause. That’s ideal for Arsenal, who would really prefer to move him on at this stage.
It hasn’t been a perfect campaign for Ospina so far, considering the number of goals he let in early on. Plus, he hasn’t started as many games since Alex Meret’s return from injury. Nonetheless, things are going pretty well in general.
Loan rating: 7.5/10
- Position: Goalkeeper
- Loaned to: Plymouth Argyle – League One
- Appearances: 28
- Clean sheets: 4
At first, Macey got a lot of game time with Plymouth, but that never translated into many clean sheets.
The Plymouth fans blamed this on the defence for a while, and they insisted Macey was doing a good job. However, they’ve since grown a bit more impatient with the goalkeeper, particularly when it comes to parrying the ball back into danger.
The manager similarly lost his patience and dropped the 24-year-old towards the end of December. Since then, Macey hasn’t appeared in a single one of Plymouth’s seven league games, and unfortunately, they’ve been on their best run of the season without him, winning five of those games and only losing one.
The one positive is a couple of penalty saves from the goalkeeper. Otherwise, he needs to get back in the team and performing well to have a chance at Arsenal.
Loan rating: 4/10
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