Arsenal let Young Guns out on loan! by Ash
We may only be a few days into the month of January but there have already been some moves in the transfer market regarding Arsenal. Although sadly it’s not quite the good news that you may have been expecting and it fact, its players on the way out that is the main topical focus.
Arsenal have announced on their official club website, Arsenal.com, that Hector Bellerin will extend his loan with Watford FC until the end of the season. Bellerin, who has been at Watford for a few months already this season, is highly regarded as one of Arsenal’s current top emerging talents amongst the Young Guns and so his performances for Watford will surely be closely watched. The right sided defender has impressed amongst the Youth ranks at Arsenal, and progressed to Under 21 level despite being just 18.
I’m sure a few will remember the young Spaniard from the Arsenal first team, having signed professional terms and he made his first team debut for the club in the Capital One Cup tie against West Bromwich Albion. Having not seen Bellerin play too much, it’s difficult to review his particular talent but from what I’ve heard he seems to be a strong minded attacking full-back, who, with the right influences should progress well towards greatness.
Also moving on the books is Chuba Akpom, who could soon link up with fellow Londoners Brentford FC. The young English forward has been very impressive for the Gunners in his appearances amongst the youth ranks and he carried on the spectacular form when he was part of Arsenal’s pre-season tour of Asia. However evidently he hasn’t managed to feature for the first team on a regular basis and so in order to aid his development it seems as if he too will soon be shipped out on loan from Arsene Wenger’s side.
The third Arsenal youngster in question is the keeper Damian Martinez, whose loan spell with Sheffield Wednesday is going well and has been extended until the end of the season. The 21-year old has become a regular in the Championship side and so Arsenal are happy for him to continue to gain valuable competitive experience.
I think all of these moves are very positive movements towards progression for the youngsters, because in order to aid their development and take them to the next level, they need to strengthen themselves under a more competitive level than the reserve leagues. It would be great if all three of these had great Arsenal futures ahead of them, but which of them do you think has the best chance?