Arsenal have already made decisions on eight of their u23 players ahead of the summer transfer window, confirming they’re available for loan.

Dundalk v Arsenal Europa League 10/12/2020. Ben Cottrell of Arsenal during the Europa League Group B match between Dundalk and Arsenal at Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Republic of Ireland on 10 December 2020. Copyright: Ben Whitley
Dundalk v Arsenal Europa League 10/12/2020. Ben Cottrell of Arsenal during the Europa League Group B match between Dundalk and Arsenal at Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Republic of Ireland on 10 December 2020. Copyright: Ben Whitley

Arsenal Youth first reported that eight Arsenal u23s will be available for loan moves this summer, naming Nikolaj Moller, Ben Cottrell, Ryan Alebiosu, George Lewis, Jonathan Dinzeyi, Tim Akinola, Harry Clarke, and Zak Swanson.

Football.London then added that the list of eight players had been sent to a number of clubs based in the UK, as well as some nearby.

In the cases of Clarke and Swanson, this would be a second consecutive loan spell. Clarke spent an encouraging season away with Oldham Athletic, whilst Swanson was recalled early from his spell with MVV Maastricht and recently recovered from an injury.

For most of the rest, it would be their first taste of competitive senior football. That’s apart from Lewis, who technically played first-team football in Norway, albeit in their third tier, and Cottrell, who made a brief first-team debut for Arsenal this season.

With the lack of European football available, it makes sense that Arsenal will be looking to loan out a lot of players this summer. For the next year, they’ll need to trim their squad, but they’ll hope to get back into Europe and expand it again next summer.

Loans will help with that, but it’s also just a good thing for the individuals involved. All of them could use some regular senior football to push on now.

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