Loan watch: Vela on target for Osasuna

Seven young Arsenal players are on loan at other clubs in order to gain experience. They are Mark Randall and Kieran Gibbs, who are at Burnley and Norwich respictively, Jay Simpson is with Millwall whilst Fran Merida, Carlos Vela and Pedro Silva are all in Spain with Real Sociedad, Osasuna and Salamanca. Vincent van den Berg is with Go Ahead Eagles. Keep up to date on their progress here…

Fran Merida- Elche 0 Real Sociedad 0

Fran came on for the last eight minutes as Real Sociedad were held to a goalless draw with Elche. He is yet to start under his new manager and replaced Aramburu.


Carlos Vela- Osasuna 3 Atletico Madrid 1

Carlos rediscovered his goalscoring touch as he found the net for Osasuna. His side took the lead with only two minutes gone thanks to an Enrique Clemente Sola strike, before Carlos doubled the advantage three minutes later. Atletico pulled one back after 26 minutes through Man.Utd reject Diego Forlan, with Jose Reyes also in action for Madrid. A goal from Hector Fonte on 75 minutes sealed the win. Carlos was withdrawn with just four minutes remaining, but by then the result was already beyond doubt.

Pedro- Salamanca 1 Teneriffe 0

Pedro started the game as Salamanca won thanks to a Quique Martin penalty on 27 minutes.

Vincent van den Berg- Go Ahead Eagles 1 FC Den Bosch 3

Vincent made his long-awaited debut for Go Ahead Eagles as he came on for the last ten minutes of their defeat to FC Den Bosch. He replaced Sojerd Ars. Read a match report here.

Mark Randall- Plymouth 3 Burnley 1

Mark came on with four minutes left for Burnley against Plymouth, replacing Chris McCann. Plymouth went in front through Lilian Nallis on 12 minutes, but Burnley equalised thanks to a James O’Connor strike seven minutes later. A Peter Halmosi strike on 35 minutes restored the home side’s lead. Halmosi struck again 14 minutes from time to seal the win for Plymouth.

Kieran Gibbs- Norwich 1 Barnsley 0

Kieran played the whole game for Norwich against Barnsley at Carrow Road. Norwich went ahead through Jamie Cureton on 26 minutes.

Jay Simpson- Millwall 3 Port Vale 0

Jay played 77 minutes for Millwall against Port Vale, whilst ex-Gunner Ryan Smith was on the bench. Millwall went ahead through Lewis Grabban on 18 minutes. Marc Laird doubled the Lions advantage just before the interval. The game was put beyond doubt when David Martin struck on 68 minutes. Simpson made some good runs but seemed a little isolated on the flank. He was replaced by Ahmet Berkovic with 13 minutes remaining. Read a match report here



  1. Hello Jeorge, love the site and thought I would drop you a line to let you know you’re doing a great job, and the info on loanees is very much appreciated. Being in Canada, I don’t have as many opportunities to follow their progress so this site is perfect for a Gooner like myself, desperate for any and all information on our players present and future.

    Happy to see Vela bulge the old onion bag today, and I can’t wait to see him in an Arsenal shirt next season.

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