Jordi Osei-Tutu has joined 2. Bundesliga side VfL Bochum on loan for the 2019/20 season, Arsenal have confirmed.
Arsenal announced on Tuesday that Osei-Tutu would be spending the year in Germany, wishing him the best of luck for the season. VfL Bochum confirmed the news, and sporting director Sebastien Schindzielorz gave his thoughts on the move.
“Jordi Osei-Tutu is at home at right-back,” Schindzielorz said. “He seeks out duels, is strong in dribbling and has the necessary speed. We are convinced that he can develop further here at VfL. The loan is meaningful for all participants. We are happy that it worked.”
On balance, this is good news for Arsenal fans. There was talk that Osei-Tutu might leave on a permanent deal this summer, and that would be a mistake after his impressive form in 2019.
The 20-year-old helped the Arsenal u23s to six wins and two draws in eight games after the turn of the year, as well as five clean sheets. So it’s good to hear that instead of leaving permanently, he’ll head to Germany for just a year and (hopefully) play regularly.
Osei-Tutu himself posted on Instagram to share that he’s “delighted” to be making the loan move and can’t wait to get started.
The one downside for Arsenal and the fans is that the club are running low on right-backs. Stephan Lichtsteiner is leaving, Hector Bellerin is still injured and now Osei-Tutu is gone as well.
That leaves Carl Jenkinson, who is also reportedly transfer listed, and Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who isn’t really a full-back. Without a new signing, Arsenal will be heading into August games against the likes of Liverpool and Tottenham with a makeshift full-back.