Arsenal may not be able to sign any more players this summer, but there could still be some departures from the club before the end of the month.
There are several members of the club’s U23 squad that are candidates to go out on loan, including defender Krystian Bielik, who is reportedly close to signing for League One side Charlton Athletic on a temporary basis.
Bielik, who has endured much misfortune with injuries in recent seasons, gained experience while on loan at Birmingham City in the 2016/17 campaign but didn’t feature at all for Walsall in the second half of last season as he was sidelined.
The centre-back, who is also capable of playing in midfield, was watched by scouts from several clubs as he scored for Arsenal U23s against Manchester City last weekend, and it appears that Charlton will be his destination.
Another player who could go out on loan is Bielik’s central-defensive partner Julio Pleguezuelo.
The Spaniard is in the final year of his contract at Arsenal and, with his chances of making it seemingly over, it would perhaps be best to give some of the club’s younger centre-backs, such as Danny Ballard, Zech Medley and Joseph Olowu, an opportunity to establish themselves at U23 level.
Pleguezuelo spent last season on loan with Gimnastic de Tarragona in his homeland and previously had a spell with Mallorca, so it seems likely that the 21-year-old will go to a Spanish club if he does head out on temporary transfer.
Cohen Bramall is also into the last year of his deal and wasn’t involved for the U23s against Manchester City.
Last season the left-back endured a hugely frustrating spell at Birmingham City and it seems very unlikely now that he will be able to get back into the first-team picture at Arsenal, with a loan move capable of providing him with the platform to impress potential suitors.
Stephy Mavididi, meanwhile, was on the scoresheet in that enthralling encounter against City but still finds himself behind Eddie Nketiah in the pecking order. Another who is no stranger to a loan spell, Mavididi has had two stints with Charlton and also a rather less successful spell with Preston North End.
Given that Arsenal don’t have any other established goalkeepers at U23 level, it seems as if there is no scope for Deyan Iliev to go out on loan in this transfer window, even though he is perhaps in need of a spell elsewhere.
Meanwhile, Ben Sheaf and Gedion Zelalem aren’t currently fully fit, which makes it unlikely that they will be sent out on loan.