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Arsenal’s Loanees – Who Will Make It? – Part 1


Since there is absoutely no action whatsoever on the field, i thought i would take a look at the Young Gunnners who are currently out on loan. According to the Arsenal website,  we have 15 players out on loan at the moment, with loan contracts ending anytime in January till end of the season. Obviously there is no way that all these players will ever make it to the first team. Some have been in reserves and loaned out every single year so maybe it’s time for them to move on and provide some cash to fund the club. So here’s a look at those i think will make it and those who are unlikely to be around the Emirates much longer.

Benik Afobe – Huddersfield Town

  • Apps: 7+2 Goals: 3
  • Loan started: November 2 Loan due to end: January 8
  • Last match: Huddersfield Town 2-1 Brighton
  • League position: 3rd in League One

Verdict: This guy is very much a keeper. He is an outstanding talent and is already a star with the England U17 team. He is only 17 but is already knocking on the first team’s door. Arsene rates this guy highly so he should be a success with the club in the near future.

Nacer Barazite- Vitesse Arnhem

  • Apps: 5+4 Goals: 0
  • Loan started: August 31
  • Loan due to end: End of season
  • Last match: Groningen 4-1 Vitesse Arnhem
  • League position: 15th in Dutch Eredivisie

Verdict: Unfortunately, the Dutchman doesn’t seem to be able to make it to the main squad. Every year he is loaned out after the pre-season and nothing much has changed. He should be looking at other options. Maybe a drop down to a Championship team will be good for him. Apparently a couple of Bundesliga clubs are interested

Kyle Bartley – Sheffield United

  • Apps: 16+1 Goals: 0
  • Loan started: August 10
  • Loan due to end: End of season
  • Last match: Sheffield United 1-0 Swansea
  • League position: 20th in Championship

Verdict: Bartley is a promising centreback and I predict will be in the first team come next season. He is gaining valuable experience with Sheffield United at the moment. A throwback to the Tony Adams of old and much needed for Arsenal in the near future.

Pedro Botelho – Cartagena

  • Apps: 17 Goals: 2
  • Loan started: August 13
  • Loan due to end: End of season
  • Last match: Cartagena 5-2 Las Palmas
  • League Position: 4th in Spanish Second Division

Verdict: Was not very outstanding during his time with the reserves and neither has his loan term with Cartagena set anything alight. One to let go.

Francis Coquelin – Lorient

  • Apps: 5+5 Goals: 0
  • Loan started: Start of season
  • Loan due to end: End of season
  • Last match: Toulouse 3-0 Lorient
  • League Position: 12th in Ligue 1

Verdict: He went to Lorient as part of the Koscielny deal. Although his is a good player, there is too many players already in the defensive midfield position that I think Arsene will let him go. Under the young guns pecking order, he is already behind Craig Eastmond and Emmanuel Frimpong so his chances will be limited.

Submitted by The Arsenal Kid.



  1. DieHardGooner

    December 23, 2010 at 9:31 am

    I was thinking this guy knows his stuff, upto the last two players you reviewed. Utter crap.

  2. Arsha

    December 23, 2010 at 9:38 am

    Pedro has been excellent this season and could really benefit us on the LW.

    Coquelin has been playing very well too.

    Agree with Afobe…very talented…But Aneke is the one to really get giddy over.

  3. daspecimen

    December 23, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Pedro hasn’t played for our reserves…… He’s been out on loan since he signed and has supposedly been immense this season. When he gets his citizenship i would like to see him given a place in the squad competing on the left hand side of midfield.

    Afobe, Lansbury and Bartley should all do well for the club

  4. Gooby

    December 24, 2010 at 9:40 am

    coquelin is defo gonna make it

  5. guy

    December 26, 2010 at 11:26 am

    so did you write this article like the newspapers write horoscopes? total guesswork. idiot

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