Whilst Arsenal signed off on a number of loan exits on deadline day, Salah-Eddine Oulad M’hand was the one loanee moving in the other direction.
Arsenal academy midfielder Salah-Eddine Oulad M’hand moved on loan to Hull City in the summer transfer window, but the Gunners confirmed on deadline day that he is now returning to north London to work on his fitness.
Oulad M’hand had been unable to feature for Hull City due to injury, and Arsenal took the decision that the best course of action was for him to remain at London Colney and focus on his recovery.
The midfielder had already come back to Arsenal in December to be assessed and treated by the club, but he was still officially on loan until Tuesday.
Rather ironically, Arsenal’s decision to recall Oulad M’hand early may actually increase his chances of making it as an Arsenal player.
Hull had an option to buy in their loan deal for the 19-year-old, so if he’d done well in the Championship, they would surely have taken it up.
Now that option is no longer valid, so a strong comeback from the injured midfielder would leave Arsenal with the freedom to choose what to do next.
Of course, it’s likely that Arsenal will be looking for a new loan for the youngster next season. Whether or not that deal includes an option to buy remains to be seen.
For the time being, Oulad M’hand will work on his comeback from injury and will then be eligible to feature with the Arsenal u21s until the summer.