Six Arsenal players sent out on loan for the 2019-20 season

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Arsenal‘s loanees had a mixed record at various clubs around Europe last season, and they’ll be hoping for a higher success rate in 2019-20.

So far, the Gunners have confirmed that six players on their books will be playing out on loan in the upcoming season. They’ll be competing in the Football League, Germany, France and Slovakia.

Here are the six players, what they’ve shown so far in their career and where they’re going next.

Jordi Osei-Tutu

Osei-Tutu has been developing well in Arsenal’s academy for the last four years since joining from Reading in 2015. He’ll be spending the new season at second-tier German side VfL Bochum, who are targetting promotion to the Bundesliga.

The right-back’s already started two games and looks like he’ll get a feel for regular senior football in his first loan spell.

Daniel Ballard

The defender has represented Northern Ireland at under-18 and under-21 levels and was called up to train with the first team earlier this year.

He’s gone to Swindon and made his debut in their season opener, coming off the bench to help them see out a 2-0 win over Scunthorpe.

His new coach Richie Wellens has a good reputation in the Football League and knows how to organise a backline. That should bode well for the 19-year-old.

Ben Sheaf

Sheaf’s been developing his talents at West Ham, and then Arsenal, since 2011. Now 21, there’s a sense that his career is stagnating a little after a loan to Stevenage didn’t do a great deal for him, amounting to just 10 appearances.

Now at promotion-chasing Doncaster in League One, playing under former West Brom boss Darren Moore. Leicester’s Harvey Barnes did brilliantly for the Baggies under the tutelage of Moore last season, and Sheaf will be hoping for similar guidance.

Dejan Iliev

The goalkeeper was named in Unai Emery’s squad of 23 in last season’s Europa League final, having been a regular fixture for Arsenal’s Under-23s.

He’s been sent out to play for Slovakian side SKF Sereď to play under his Macedonian compatriot Slavche Vojneski this season.

William Saliba

This will no doubt be one of the players most keenly kept an eye by Arsenal fans last season, after he was signed by the club from Saint-Etienne this summer.

It was quite a coup to get his signature, given he forged a reputation as one of the finest young defenders in Europe last season.

He could undoubtedly have improved their backline immediately, but one condition of the transfer was allowing him to go back to the Ligue 1 club for the 2019-20 campaign. If that’s what it takes to get him, it could well prove worth it in the long run.

Eddie Nketiah

Leeds United won the battle for the signature of the 20-year-old striker, who had attracted interested from their Championship rivals Bristol City as well as sides from the continent.

Having scored in Arsenal’s last Premier League game of the season, he also registered 12 goals in 13 appearances for the youth team at Premier League 2 level and looked fantastic in pre-season for the Gunners.

At Leeds, he’s got big boots to fill, coming in to replace last season’s top scorer Kemar Roofe.

Chelsea loan trio Izzy Brown, Lewis Baker and Jamal Blackman were only given two league starts by Marcelo Bielsa last season, so he’ll have to work hard to provide competition for Patrick Bamford up front.

But the Argentinian has a proven track record with developing young players at Leeds, and throughout his career. Man City’s Jack Harrison came on leaps and bounds under his guidance during the 2018-19 near-miss on promotion.

Such is the belief in the youngster’s talents, there’s murmurings Nketiah could launch a Tammy Abraham-style goals assault on the second tier and announce himself as a star.


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