It was announced today that, as had been expected, Arsenal midfielder Chuks Aneke has extended his loan spell with League One side Crewe Alexandra by a further month, in a deal which will run until January 21st.
Aneke has established himself well under Steve Davis, turning in several impressive performances and scoring four goals in 19 appearances, in stark contrast to his rather feeble displays during stints with Preston North End and Stevenage last season.
Whilst Aneke has enjoyed much success out on loan this season, the same cannot be said for many of his Arsenal team-mates currently on temporary transfers, with the majority of Arsenal youngsters struggling to establish themselves at their temporary clubs. Philip Roberts has done well in Scotland with Inverness Caledonian Thistle, racking up 13 appearances, but others, such as Conor Henderson and Daniel Boateng, who are with Coventry City and Oxford United respectively, have barely featured, owing largely to injury problems.
Craig Eastmond and Sanchez Watt have also struggled in that regard, with serious injuries cutting short their spells with Colchester United. Both players had impressed in League One prior to suffering hefty blows but have since returned to London Colney for treatment and are unlikely to extend their deals with Colchester in the New Year.
Perhaps the most frustrating loan spell as far as Arsenal are concerned, both in terms of game time and player performance, has been Benik Afobe’s spell with Bolton Wanderers in the Championship. Afobe has largely struggled to replicate the form he showed whilst with Huddersfield Town two seasons ago, finding the net just twice and being limited to only five starts. Despite this, he is still likely to remain at the Reebok Stadium until the end of the season.
Ryo has similarly struggled to catch the eye at Wigan Athletic, making just six appearances (only one of which was a start) for Roberto Martinez’s side. The Japanese international hasn’t earned a call-up for several weeks owing to injury problems, but, like Afobe, is unlikely to be recalled.
Wellington and Samuel Galindo, meanwhile, continue to be marooned in Spain and, whilst the Brazilian in particular has shown some fleeting promise, it will probably some time before we see them in an Arsenal shirt, if at all. Joel Campbell and Ju-Young Park have fared considerably better in La Liga, although Campbell still needs to develop more consistency in his game, whilst Denilson has been a regular for Sao Paulo and Nicklas Bendtner, largely isolated from the Juventus set-up, will miss at least three months through injury.
Emmanuel Frimpong has made three starts for Charlton Athletic as he continues his rehabilitation from injury, and could see his deal at the Championship club, which expires on New Year’s Day, extended for a further month.
By that point, the loan transfer window will have re-opened and, with Arsenal out of the Captial One Cup, several further young Gunners are likely to head out on loan at that point. Nico Yennaris, Ignasi Miquel, Sead Hajrovic, Jernade Meade, Martin Angha, Damian Martinez and Samir Bihmoutine are amongst those who could be lent out to gain further experience.