Craig Eastmond and Sanchez Watt are certainly enjoying their spell at Colchester United in League One, with the pair both on the scoresheet again yesterday in a 2-2 draw with Shrewsbury Town.
Eastmond, who also found the net last week, put Colchester ahead with an effort from 20 yards out before Watt, who had come off the bench on his return from injury, doubled the advantage with a superb solo goal. Shrewsbury pulled two goals back to salvage a point, but the two Arsenal players were once again praised for their contributions. The duo are unlikely to have a future at Arsenal beyond this season, but their great progress during this loan stint will surely increase their options for a permanent move in the summer.
Ryo, meanwhile, was left out of the Wigan Athletic squad owing to injury, but Benik Afobe, who found the net in midweek, came on as a 65th minute substitute for Bolton Wanderers in the Championship, but couldn’t prevent a 2-1 defeat to Middlesbrough.
Back in League One, Chuks Aneke started and played the whole game for Crewe Alexandra as they lost 1-0 to Yeovil Town, with the 19 year old midfielder coming close with two efforts in the second half. Conor Henderson returned from a spell on the sidelines to make the bench for Coventry City, but remained an un-used substitute throughout their win over Leyton Orient. Daniel Boateng was again not part of the Oxford United squad.
Philip Roberts started and lasted 72 minutes for Inverness Caledonian Thistle before being withdrawn, but the striker struggled to make a sustained impact on proceedings.
In Spain, Ju-Young Park was introduced in the second half as Celta Vigo drew with Deportivo La Coruna, and there was a pleasing sight as Joel Campbell received a start for Real Betis, with the forward operating on the right of an attacking trident and making a couple of dangerous runs before being withdrawn.
Wellington is expected to be brought on in the second-half again today for Ponferradina, with Samuel Galindo not likely to be involved for Lugo. Nicklas Bendtner‘s Juventus travel to face Catania today, whilst Denilson played 71 minutes and picked up a yellow card as a Lucas Moura-inspired Sao Paulo side easily dispatched of Sport Recife.
ARSENAL LOANEES- Denilson (36 apps, 1 goal), Benik Afobe (13 apps, 1 goal), Chuks Aneke (9 apps, 2 goals), Wellington (8 apps, 1 goal), Craig Eastmond (7 apps, 2 goals), Sanchez Watt (6 apps, 2 goals), Philip Roberts (6 apps, 1 goal), Ju-Young Park (6 apps, 1 goal), Samuel Galindo (5 apps), Ryo (5 apps), Daniel Boateng (4 apps), Joel Campbell (4 apps), Conor Henderson (2 apps), Nicklas Bendtner (2 apps).