Which Arsenal loanees should we keep as they start to return to the club?

As the season has ended across Europe, Arsenal’s on-loan players have started returning to the club.

The Gunners have an army of players out on loan, some of whom are surplus to requirements and others who have been sent out to gain valuable first-team experience.

The likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan have already secured another loan move after Arsenal extended the Armenian’s stay at Roma.

That leaves Mohamed Elneny and Emile Smith Rowe as the players who spent last season out on-loan that have returned to the club.

Elneny was sent out after Unai Emery determined that he is simply not good enough for his team.

Emile Smith Rowe spent the first half of the season at Arsenal and he even played some games for their first team after Emery was fired.

However, Mikel Arteta obviously felt that it will serve his development better if he spent the rest of the season out on loan.

The young Englishman did a good job at Huddersfield and he earned lots of positive praise for his successful loan stint.

Elneny also did very well on loan at Besiktas and the Egyptian is wanted by a number of other Turkish sides (Turkish Football).

Although both players did well, I don’t think we should keep them.

Elneny isn’t fit for Arteta’s style and he should be sold, while Smith Rowe isn’t still developed enough to fight for a place in our first team, I think he should be given another full season out on loan.

An article from Ime

Tags Emile Smith Rowe Mohamed Elneny


  1. Read that it cost Bayern munich paid less than the fee Barcelona paid for coutinho to assemble the team that beat psg.The somilar scenario to Lyon against city.What this tells you is that we are not behind as club because we don’t spend big but because of continued poor transfer business.We buy mediocre players award them insane wages that nobody would want take them even on loan.Arsenal are spendthrift If I were the owner I would be sad about this ballooning wage bill with little productivity.Bercelona have put 80% of their squad for sale that’s what happens when you buy players for the sake of buying.Arteta should ask the club to invest in qualified recruitment team otherwise fans will turn against him if players signed fail.The story of Deadwoods start with signing players that look good or YouTube

    1. Unfortunately, too true.
      The player and financial assets of Arsenal FC have been totally mismanaged for years.

      1. Isn’t that exactly what Mikel Arteta is now doing?
        We are, supposedly, about to announce the signing of a player wanted by PSG, MANURE and NAPOLI.

        Saliba was wanted by a host of clubs and it seems Willian had a choice of many before he signed for us.

        The same goes for Partey… and aren’t we about to ward off RM and Barca for Aubameyang signature?

        It really is so easy to live in the present and not keep trolling back one just needs to have faith in Mikel Arteta.
        What’s done is done it can’t be changed – just get over it and move on.

    2. Spot on! Also worth mentioning that we buy the wrong players at the wrong time. A good example is spending all that money on Peppe while the CM and DM needed upgrading. Also it is about time that the manager treats the club as a business. Putting Ozil on the shelf is dumb as hell while he is paid all that money. I will find a role for him even if I assign him to work with Metsaker and help the juniors till his contract is over. Same goes for Guendouzi who has talent. The manager must find a way to bring him back into the fold. The kid is very competitive and plays in the midfield , a position of need.

      1. Arsenal’s problems over the last decade have a lot to do with attitude.Arteta is ingraining a competitive team orientated winning attitude into his players once again….An attitude clearly absent in both Ozil and Guendouzi…hence the need to remove them from the first team squad and hopefully the Club.
        At the same time is is clearly necessary to move on those players who are clearly not worthy of the huge wages that they are earning and those who frankly aren’t good enough to fit into Arteta’s long term plans.
        The likes of Willock,Smith-Rowe and Nelson need regular competitive football at the right level.If they are good enough they will be utilised by lower level Premier League or upper level Championship teams.Any loan needs to clearly planned with this is mind.Personally I would also look to loan out Nketiah once again as he clearly isn’t good enough to merit a place in Arsenal’s first team at the moment…given that the primary function of a centre forward is to score goals and not just to make a nuisance of himself putting in the hard yards defensively.

        1. YES and what the competitive team without Ozil and Guendouzi got you ? 8th place and it won’t place any better next year or the year after because your competitive player like Luiz gave away 5 silly penalties and both Kolesniac and Maitland Niles gifted the opposition passes that resulted in goals and Mustafi was responsible for the loss against Brighton and the tie against Leicester and Lacazette your featured forward scores 19 goals in 52 club matches and your prize winger signing Peppe featured only in 32 matches and scored 5 goals and provided only 6 assists . There are many more examples of gaffs and mishaps during the season by your competitive team and you are peddling mis-information about Guengouzi and Ozil.

    3. Ken1945 you are right.. I don’t worry about the past anymore I am sticking with MA.. I think he has got a good plan for the club and I am trusting the process.. trolling my club doesn’t give me any satisfaction I can’t speak for everyone else but I think the has past with Unai we are going back up.

  2. I must say that if we have an “army” of players out on loan, heaven help us if there’s a war!!!
    Mind you, I guess we can call on chelsea and city for a regiment or two to help us out.

  3. I think ESR is class and I’m sure we will keep him and hopefully he will get game time this season. Elneny is the opposite as far as I’m concerned but Arteta has said recently he is happy he’s back🙁

  4. I don’t agree about ESR.. I don’t see him going anywhere I can predict MA playing him in the more.. that boy is the next biggest thing in Arsenal after Martinelli.. I would not conclude on Elneny because MA maybe just be the guy that makes him tick.. I see a huge potential in him but some how it comes up short.. fingers crossed though watching what MA will do.

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