Full update on all Arsenal’s players out on loan

How well are the Arsenal loan players doing and what are their future prospects?

Arsenal football club is not just about the first eleven, it so much more, the squad as a whole, the youth team, the women’s team, the back-room staff and so on and it is always helpful to keep abreast as much as possible on what is going on elsewhere within the club.

One of the least written about and therefore not as well known is what is actually happening to our loan players and below I have compiled an update on what each player is currently up to and how they are doing.

Emile Smith-Rowe

Smith-Rowe joined RB Leipzig at the end of the January transfer window until the end of the season, however, the poor lad has not played a single game due to not being fully recovered from a groin injury.

David Ospina

Ospina joined Napoli in August on a one year loan deal with an option to make the loan permanent. To date, Ospina has featured in 21 competitive games for Napoli including 14 in Serie A. The Colombian’s season looked over following a serious head injury on the 17th of this month against Udinese, but he has now been given the all clear and could even face us in the Europa League.

Calum Chambers

The defender is currently on loan with Premier League rivals Fulham until the end of 2018/19 campaign, he plays regularly for the Cottagers and has played in 24 of Fulham’s 31 Premier League games so far this season. He hasbeen highly praised playing in midfield.

Emiliano Martínez

The Argentinian joined Championship side Reading in January and has become their number one keeper featuring in the ten Championship games Reading have played since his arrival.

Takuma Asano

The young forward has never played for us since he signed in July 2016 and is unlikely to do so since being refused a work permit, he was first loaned to Stuttgart before moving to Hannover last May. He has played just six games for the Bundesliga side and is nothing more than a fringe player.

Krystian Bielik

The young Polish defender has been loaned out several times since he signed for us from Legia Warsaw back in January 2015, He has had spells with Birmingham City and Walsall and is currently on loan at Charlton Athletic where he is finally getting significant game time having featured for The Addicks in 27 games this season, scoring twice.

Matt Macey

The 24 year old keeper has been loaned out almost permanently since joining us in 2014, he is currently with Plymouth Argyle and has played on a regular basis featuring in 28 games so far this season, it is unlikely he has a future with Arsenal.

Reiss Nelson

Nelson is an immense talent and has proven to be a success with Bundesliga outfit Hoffenheim, the 19 year old has played in 18 Bundesliga games and six times in the Champions League, scoring a combined six goals.

Kelechi Nwakali

Nigerian Nwakali has been loaned out ever since he signed for us back in 2016, he is currently on loan with Porto B and has played for them 15 times this season, he is definitely a work in progress.

Of all the players we have on loan right now, Nelson is proving to be the most successful, he is gaining some great experience including in the Champions League and you have to think that he will be handed some opportunities next season with the first team.

Emile Smith-Rowe clearly has a bright future but until he gets more game time we will have to withhold judgement.

Krystian Bielik is also doing very well though his experience is in the lower leagues and the chances are that he will be loaned out again but to a higher profile side next season. The same probably applies to Kelechi Nwakali but the others, Ospina, Chambers, Osano and Macey most likely do not have futures with us for one reason or another.

Who do you think could come back and make their mark at Arsenal?


  1. “Of all the players we have on loan right now, Nelson is proving to be the most successful”
    You guys easily overhype Nelson’s performance, if you’ve followed him from the beginning of the season you’d be disappointed because you know he can do better but he’s not taking the chance.
    I hope he grows confidence the way Sancho did, Nelson hasn’t been impressive if we’re to be honest.
    That’s why I laugh whenever I read people on here say stuffs like we should sell Mhki, Ozil, and we’ll have Nelson back with us next season starting games.
    I ain’t Iwobi’s biggest fan but so many times on here I’ve also read people say Nelson should or will replace Iwobi next season and I just laugh.
    Take your sentiments out of it and assess Nelson’s performances and you’ll see he still has lots of work to do, I hope he takes the bull by the horn though, I’ll love to see our own wonder kid tearing the league apart soon

    1. Nelson was pretty impressive in pre-season and in his initial time at Hoffenheim, but he still cannot increase his goals and assists

      He is still unable to get starting position, unlike Chambers. But Gnabry also did not do well during his loan period and I believe this is because of the youngsters’ motivation

      Let’s see his progress by the end of this season

      1. i’m with eddie on this GTA, i think he’s having a similar season to when sancho first moved to dortmund…he’s still learning his trade another loan would do him a world of good, he hit the ground running but his decision making is way below par, he needs the experience that comes with games, i wouldn’t throw him into the deep end now personally, as our fans are judgemental and sometimes fickle, so if he has a couple of bad games it might take him an eternity to get back in their hearts!! lets give him another year to build up his game is my personal opinion 🙂

        i would sell miki in a heartbeat if we get an offer eddie, don’t like players who enjoy spending time on the ground…but before that we need to get players in like you said, when it comes to iwobi all has been said in many discussions with pretty much everyone, some beleive some don’t…either way i’m 99.99% sure he will be here next season!

  2. Bielk has been the most successful not nelson imo.
    2 goals, 1 assist and playing to gain experience as a defender.

    It might well be he comes back as the squad player who can play cdm and defence. Like ivanovic for Chelsea but a more elegant version.

    Nelson needs another loan season. I would send him to Everton where he can learn to score from Walcott or to Watford where he can be close to arsenal and aim to be a first teamer there

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