Following the progress of Arsenal’s loanees this season has been a somewhat thankless task, with many of the young Gunners struggling to make a sustained impact at their temporary clubs- and two players who fall into that category have seen their loan deals come to a conclusion this weekend.
Emmanuel Frimpong’s deal with Charlton Athletic expired today, and, given the defensive-midfielder’s poor performances in his last few fixtures for Chris Powell’s side, it seems unlikely that he will be granted an extended stay at The Valley. Wolverhampton Wanderers, with whom Frimpong spent a highly successful spell last season before succumbing to injury, are reported to be monitoring the situation of the 20 year old, who will be out of contract in the summer. He played six times for Charlton.
Daniel Boateng, meanwhile, saw his turgid spell with Oxford United come to an end. Boateng, who endured a similarly frustrating spell with Swindon Town last campaign, made just four appearances for the League Two side before picking up a serious injury. The centre-back, who made his Arsenal first-team debut in the Carling Cup last season, is expected to return to London Colney for treatment.
It was also a day of frustration for two of the club’s remaining domestic loanees. Benik Afobe was named as a substitute for Bolton Wanderers against Leeds United, with the striker replacing Chung-Yong Lee with 23 minutes remaining. His sole impact on the game, however, was to pick up a yellow card for a rash challenge as his side suffered a 1-0 defeat.
Chuks Aneke, meanwhile, was an un-used substitute for Crewe Alexandra, with his loan, which has already been renewed twice, due to expire on January 21st.