7 Arsenal loan players who could be in the first team next season: Balogun, Patino…

Mikel Arteta has done a fine job with Arsenal as he currently has them in the hunt for the Premier League title along with Manchester City.

The Spanish manager has also done a good job when it comes to developing youngsters and the Gunners also have some bright sparks who are out on loan.

We’ve gone through the Arsenal ranks and picked out seven players out on loan who could be in and around the first team next season.

Folarin Balogun

Eddie Nketiah’s loan spell at Leeds United was the catalyst for his development at the Emirates and Balogun could be following along on a similar path with his spell at Reims.

The Arsenal loanee is the outright top goalscorer in Ligue 1 right now with 15 goals. He’s even managed to outshine the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi.

Arsenal loanee Folarin Balogun of Reims celebrates his goal during the French championship Ligue 1 football match between Stade de Reims and Clermont Foot 63 on August 14, 2022 at Auguste Delaune stadium in Reims, France

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Arsenal fans are bound to hold Marquinhos in high esteem after his effective performances in the Europa League. The Brazilian winger is now spending the second half of the season on loan with Norwich.

With Norwich now gearing up for a playoff push, the Brazilian winger will be keen on making an impact for the Canaries. He’s yet to make his Championship debut due to injury but is now back in training.

Nuno Tavares

The Portuguese full-back had an inconsistent first season at the Emirates, but he did showcase some glimpses of talent. The 23-year-old played a total of 28 matches last season, with 22 of those appearances coming in the league.

Having spent the season so far on loan with Marseille, his development has been obvious to see. Tavares has often played as an attacking wing-back under Igor Tudor and he has scored five league goals already.

Charlie Patino

Blackpool have had a troublesome season and currently sit bottom of the Championship, but Patino’s quality has still managed to gleam through.

The playmaker has been a popular figure at Bloomfield Road this season and we wouldn’t be at all surprised to see him involved with Arteta’s squad in some capacity next season.

Arsenal loanee Charlie Patino #28 of Blackpool celebrates his goal to make it 2-1 during the Sky Bet Championship match Blackpool vs Preston North End at Bloomfield Road, Blackpool, United Kingdom, 22nd October 2022

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Auston Trusty

By the time the 2023-24 season rolls around Trusty will be 25 and so it feels like a now-or-never moment for him at Arsenal.The USA defender has impressed with Birmingham this season and has had an eye for a goal with four scored so far.

When asked on his Arsenal future the defender told Goal: “I want to go there, show what I can do and make my mark in the Premier League and on the team.

“It’s all a stepping stone, but that’s the main goal. The sky’s the limit really.”

Brooke Norton-Cuffy

The 19-year-old spent the first half of the season on loan with Rotherham and is now impressing for Coventry. If Arsenal are in need of another option down the right-hand side next season then Norton-Cuffy could be of use.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles

The second half of this season will likely determine where Maitland-Niles ends up next term and beyond. The 25-year-old was used as a centre-half for Southampton against Wolves and it will be interesting to see if he is deployed in this position again.

Having already racked up over 130 appearances for Arsenal, fans will already know what he is about, but his added versatility could still be useful to Arteta next season.

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