Arsenal had another loan debutant in midweek, as nine of a possible 15 loanees featured on the pitch over the last two days.


Ryan Alebiosu via Crewe Alexandra
Ryan Alebiosu via Crewe Alexandra

Ryan Alebiosu completed 90 minutes in a 4-1 defeat for Crewe Alexandra, despite making five tackles, winning six of nine duels, and creating a chance.

Matt Smith also played the full 90 in a defeat, as Doncaster Rovers lost 1-0 to Ipswich Town.

Brooke Norton-Cuffy made a late substitute appearance for Lincoln City to help them see out a 2-1 win, and none of the other Tuesday loanees featured.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles remained on the bench against Inter Milan, whilst Daniel Ballard, Tyreece John-Jules, and Jordi Osei-Tutu missed out thanks to their respective injury absences.


Karl Hein with Arsenal
Karl Hein with Arsenal

The big news was that Karl Hein made his Reading debut against Bristol City. That’s always an encouraging sign for a goalkeeper so soon after a move, given how hard it can be to break in. Unfortunately, they lost 2-1 through an own goal.

Runar Alex Runarsson didn’t keep a clean sheet either, but he did make six saves and two high claims in a 2-1 win for OH Leuven, so it was a very positive day for him overall.

William Saliba played at right-back as he and Matteo Guendouzi slipped to a 4-1 cup defeat to OGC Nice. The new position didn’t seem to work out well for the defender, as he struggled in the build-up to a couple of goals.

Whilst that’s a terrible result on the day, there may be some at the club who welcome having more time to focus on their Ligue 1 campaign – they’re second and chasing Champions League football. They also still have the Europa Conference League knockouts.

Folarin Balogun had a positive cameo but couldn’t find a winner for Middlesbrough in a 20-minute substitute appearance.

Hector Bellerin came on as a very late substitute for Real Betis as they knocked out Rayo Vallecano in a Copa del Rey tie.

Tim Akinola didn’t come off the bench for Dundee United in their 2-0 win, and Harry Clarke missed Hibernian’s 2-0 defeat to Rangers through injury.