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Loan Watch: Vela Scores Against Barca | Wellington Fails To Inspire

An overview of how Arsenal’s on-loan stars have got on recently, including Carlos Vela scoring against Barcelona and Wellington Silva losing with Alcoyano


Arsenal have several first team hopefuls out on loan at clubs all around the globe, we take a look at how they’ve been getting on during the last week.

Samuel Galindo was an unused substitute as Gimnastic de Tarragona lost 4-0 away to Valladolid why Denilson also sat on the bench for both Sao Paulo’s games this week. Henri Lansbury was not involved as West Ham beat rivals Millwall and Nicklas Bendtner is still injured for Sunderland. Ryo Miyaichi has followed in the footsteps of Jack Wilshere and gone on loan to Bolton for the rest on the season – lets hope he has the same impact as Wilshere did two years ago and Sturridge last season. Various sides lower down the football league have Arsenal players on loan but their games were suspended this weekend due to the weather.

Carlos Vela:

The Mexican started on the bench for his Real Sociedad side as they went down by an extremely admirable two goals to one at the Camp Nou. Christian Tello gave Barcelona the lead after nine minutes and Lionel Messi doubled it with less than twenty to go. However the Catalans had not had it all their own way as Sociedad failed to take a plethora of opportunities to equalise with the defence, particularly Puyol and Mascherano, parting with ease on several occasions.

Vela had entered the field with an hour to go and made a big impact almost immediately after Messi had doubled the home side’s lead; Thiago lost out to Griezmann who slid Vela through before the Striker finished calmly, slotting past the helpless Valdes. You can watch the goal here. Despite putting some late pressure on the Barcelona goal, Sociedad couldn’t force the all important equaliser.

Emmanuel Frimpong:

The Ghanaian was unable to help his Wolves side as they slumped to a 3-0 defeat at home to Liverpool last week. In a dire performance, the whole Wolves team were booed off and there were loud demands for the sacking of Mick McCarthy. However these fans were silenced on Saturday as they completed an excellent comeback to win 2-1 away at QPR. Frimpong went off injured midway through the first half and Wolves have confirmed he has knee ligament damage, which will rule him out for the season.

Wellington Silva:

The Brazilian was again used as a substitute for CD Alcoyano but this time he did not have the desired affect as Numancia prevailed to win by two goals to nil. Natalio and Diaz scored in either half and despite being brought on at 1-0, Wellington could not inspire a meaningful comeback.

Pedro Botelho:

The winger started in Levante’s disappointing 1-1 draw at home to struggling Racing Santander. Arouna Kone gave the home side the lead midway through the first half but Marios Fernandez made a number of saves to keep the margin at one goal, including an excellent stop from a Botelho header. However Racing equalised through Rodriguez and Botelho was immediately replaced as Levante looked to go more attacking to retain their lead.

Joel Campbell:

Campbell started as his Lorient side also drew 1-1 against out of form Sochaux. The Costa Rican had one real chance but saw his curled effort stopped by Pierrick Cros. Romao eventually broke the deadlock for Lorient, leaving the second from bottom side with it all to do. Campbell was replaced with fifteen minutes left as his side adopted a defensive approach. However this backfired when Bakambu scored just five minutes later with a fantastic effort from the edge of the area. Both sides had chances to win it late on but it finished without any further goals, leaving Lorient sitting comfortably in tenth.

Kyle Bartley:

In a less than inspiring performance, Bartley and his Rangers side were dumped out of the Scottish Cup at home to Dundee. The Ibrox crowd were stunned into silence after goals from Gunning and Russel gave Dundee an unlikely two goal lead before halftime. The Gers had chances to get back into the game but at the same time Dundee could have extended their lead. Whilst Bartley himself didn’t do too much wrong, the whole Rangers side were lacklustre and severely missed recent departure Jelavic up front.

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