How did the big Arsenal loanees get on yesterday?

How did Wilshere and Chambers fare on their debuts?

Whilst Arsenal picked up their second win of the campaign, we also had some regular Gunners with a chance of some game time for different Premier League clubs today, notably Jack Wilshere and Calum Chambers, both of whom were sent out on loan for the season.

When Wenger sent Chambers out on loan, although it was met with a little confusion considering the state of our defensive crisis back then, ultimately it was considered a positive move for the young Englishman. We recognised that Chambers needed a loan move away with a Premier League side in order to get regular playing time on a competitive level and so he could improve his experience and overall ability in the game. Middlesborough offered Arsenal and Chambers that opportunity and I think it’ll be a good experience for the defender.

As for Jack Wilshere, there were a few more surprised faces to see a true Gooner leave the club on loan. Wilshere was sent out on loan to Bournemouth in rather surprising circumstances on the final day of the summer transfer window. Although it is relatively disappointing to see Jack leave on loan, at least at Bournemouth he will be getting more playing time and hopefully he can build on his fitness.

Both players made the match day squads for their respective new loan clubs today, with Bournemouth coming up against West Brom and Middlesborough facing Crystal Palace.

Wilshere started on the bench for the Cherries, but did make a subs appearance. It is unknown whether he wasn’t deemed fit enough to start the match or whether Eddie Howe just wanted to implement his new man into the team slowly. Wilshere managed to get 28 minutes on the pitch and although he wasn’t able to influence the game directly with a goal or assist, he certainly got stuck in, played some wonderful link up play and helped his team to a win. Callum Wilson scored a 79th minute goal to see the Cherries pick up all three points. Wilshere’s debut can be taken positively and hopefully he can build on the start to make him even stronger.

Unfortunately for Calum Chambers, despite his manager’s positive comments about him earlier in the week, only a place on the bench was deemed sufficient for the defender today. Chambers was an unused sub, in a game which wasn’t really the right time for him to come into. Middlesborough lost 2-1 to Crystal Palace, where a certain Mathieu Flamini made his debut, and so it wasn’t the right time for Chambers to enter the game from the bench, considering Boro needed a goal.

Chambers will undoubtedly get plenty of game time this season with Middlesborough and much like Wilshere’s move, I can only see positive things coming from this.

One definite positive is that Joel Campbell scored on his debut for Sporting Lisbon. Maybe if he scores 30 goals for them Wenger will realise that he should have kept him at Arsenal!



  1. kenyanfan says:

    Campbell is a hero…
    he makes me speak Spanish..
    he is only second to sanchez(in comparison to our other wingers)

    1. karansagar says:

      True, i would have preferred sending Chamberlain out on loan to a PL side like Chambers and Wilshere rather than letting Campbell go.

  2. NY_Gunner says:

    What about Joel? He scored a terrific header in a 3-0win over Moreirense…

    1. Arsenal_Girl says:

      Read the article again 🙂

  3. JAmerican says:

    I’m still upset the board didn’t want to spend big money on Griezmann after the player actually wanted to come from talking to Wenger…

    Ox should have went on loan not Campbell. Sick of seeing Ox and Walcott in our team now. Ruins the game for me…

    1. Arsenal_Girl says:

      Wenger didn’t even speak to Vardy according to Vardy

    2. Dee@ease says:

      Griezmann signed a 4 year contract and said he won’t leave Atletico Madrid unless Simeone leaves so stop lying,he never even hinted in the slightest that he wanted to come to Arsenal and Wenger probably never even spoke to him about joining us!

  4. Uzi Ozil says:

    @Jamaican. Wenger spoke to Griezman during the Euros but He said he wanted to remain at Ath. Madrid.

    I agree. I would have kept Campbell and loan Ox. Seems like Campbell wanted the loan move for playing time.

  5. JAmerican says:

    I just hope we don’t depend on other teams to drop points like we’ve always done in the past. It’s time we take full control of our own destiny early on and go on a long winning run, especially against the teams above us in the table now starting with our next home game against Chelsea after away to Hull of course. Give people belief instead of giving them the ammunition to say same old Arsenal…

  6. V.uren says:

    I would’ve personally liked to of seen Joel given a chance through the middle where he plays for Costa Rica.

    I’m not going to have a pop at Perez after one game , every players different , he clearly needs more time than mustafi , but you can’t tell me Joel wouldn’t of offered more at centre forward yesterday ?

    I think he’s underrated.

    At least theo has turned up with a better attitude this year even if things aren’t completely going for him.

    This is ox’s last year IMO. He just doesn’t do it for me.

  7. Arsenal_Girl says:

    The way Wenger dealth with Campbell, Podolski and Afobe was ridiculous
    I don’t understand why we sent Joel on loan and kept Sanogo
    I don’t understand why we got rid of Podolski when he was our best finisher at the time
    I don’t understand why we got rid of Afobe when he had scored 21 goals total in the 2 previous seasons. That’s not WC by any means but good enough to stay with us

  8. butters says:

    Lets be honest, Campbell is not good enough for EPL. He is like Ben Arfa, hes a good player sure, but the fact that no big clubs wants him tells you alittle about the player or his character. (PSG doesnt count, he was snatch for free and onlybecause Zlatan left)

  9. Wilshegz says:

    Campbell needs gametime.. Ox also needs it but I guess our home-grown quota was falling short after we loaned out Szczesny,Chambers and Wilshere and sold Gnabry who are all homegrown

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