Five Arsenal loanees featured in midweek but none of them had very much luck with their respective teams.
Ben Sheaf was the only Arsenal loanee to start on Tuesday. Amid the rumours he’s closing in on a permanent move to Coventry City, he played just 45 minutes of their 2-1 defeat to Nottingham Forest, coming off at half-time at 1-1.
As covered here, just one of Arsenal’s four transfer-deadline-day loanees immediately jumped into action with his new club on Tuesday – Matt Smith. He was briefly involved off the bench in a 3-1 defeat, but they were already 3-1 down when he came on.
Joe Willock and Ainsley Maitland-Niles were registered too late to feature, whilst Zech Medley didn’t come off the bench in Kilmarnock’s 4-0 defeat to Celtic.
On Wednesday, three of Arsenal’s loanees were involved in the action in mainland Europe.
First up, Sead Kolasinac started for Schalke away to Wolfsburg. He completed 62 minutes and came off with his side 1-0 down, which is how it finished.
Next, Konstantinos Mavropanos started against Gladbach. Again, he came off with his side behind, though this time it was 2-1 after 78 minutes.
Finally, William Saliba played 90 minutes for OGC Nice in a derby match away to Monaco. Unfortunately, he was also on the losing side, 2-1.
His individual statistics were impressive, including 88% pass accuracy and eight clearances, and there wasn’t much he could do about the goals – a penalty conceded by a teammate and a free-kick.
Still, the result caps off a poor midweek for Arsenal loanees in terms of team results.
Daniel Ballard was the sole loanee to see his team win as Blackpool beat Northampton Town 2-0. He was on the bench having only just returned from a Covid-related absence.