Ryo finally made his return from injury yesterday, coming off the bench to play the last 21 minutes as Wigan Athletic suffered a hefty defeat to Liverpool at Anfield. The Japanese youngster will now hope to work his way into Roberto Martinez’s starting line-up over the coming games.
Benik Afobe was un-used as Bolton drew with Barnsley in the Championship, whilst, in League One, Chuks Aneke completed 90 minutes for Crewe, seeing a shot saved as they lost 1-0 to Shrewsbury, the side against whom he made his professional debut in the Carling Cup last season.
Craig Eastmond was withdrawn in stoppage time as his Colchester side beat Bury 2-0. The defensive-midfielder saw a shot saved in the opening period and was also booked for a rash challenge, as well as being on the receiving end of several hefty tackles himself. Conor Henderson was again not part of Coventry’s matchday squad, with Daniel Boateng similarly not involved for Oxford. Philip Roberts was an un-used sub as Inverness were thrashed 5-1 at home to Motherwell.
In Spain, Ju-Young Park was on the scoresheet for Celta Vigo, with the South Korean applying the finishing touch to a dangerous cross to score his side’s only goal in their 1-1 draw with Mallorca. The striker was a lively presence throughout, whilst another Emirates Stadium outcast, Nicklas Bendtner, was a late substitute as Juventus and Lazio drew 0-0.
Neither Wellington nor Samuel Galindo were involved for Ponferradina or Lugo respectively, whilst Denilson and Joel Campbell are likely to feature for their respective loan clubs tonight.
As referenced throughout the report, many of Arsenal’s loanees were either un-used substitutes or not involved at all this weekend and this is something of a worrying trend which clearly needs to be reversed.
Ryo and Benik Afobe, for example, are two promising talents, but neither player has been able to hold down a regular place in the starting line-up for their loan sides, and this could serve to stunt their respective development. Conor Henderson and Daniel Boateng, meanwhile, have scarcely been used by Coventry and Oxford, and the best option for Arsenal may be to re-call the pair and send them elsewhere before the loan transfer window deadline on November 25th.
In contrast, there are some loans which are working out well for Arsenal youngsters, with Chuks Aneke and Craig Eastmond both flourishing in League One. It is heartening to see Aneke earning rave reviews at Crewe after he struggled during his two loan spells last season, whilst, although his long-term future will in all probability lie away from Arsenal, Eastmond is doing his future career prospects no harm at all at Colchester. Philip Roberts, for an 18 year old, has settled in well at Inverness.
The likes of Ju-Young Park, Nicklas Bendtner and Denilson will probably never play for Arsenal again, whilst it is highly unlikely that Samuel Galindo will ever pull on the famous red-and-white for a competitive fixture. Wellington remains an interesting talent, as his display last week showed, but it is a little worrying that at this stage he is still unable to command a regular place in the starting line-up of a Spanish second-division side.
The number of Arsenal loanees could swell this week with Emmanuel Frimpong poised, according to several sources, to join Charlton Athletic on loan, whilst there are several other candidates for loan spells but these potential deals will probably be put on hold until after Arsenal’s participation in the Capital One Cup this season is over.