Loan report- Campbell scores, whilst Martinez makes belated Sheffield Wednesday debut

Joel Campbell‘s impressive season continued as the Costa Rican scored with a header during Olympiacos’ 4-1 win over Panthrakikos. Campbell, who is set to be a leading light for his country at next summer’s World Cup, took his tally for the season to four goals.

Francis Coquelin came on as an 81st minute substitute at Freiburg beat Braunschweig 1-0 in the Bundesliga, whilst Johan Djourou returned from injury to play the entirety of Hamburg’s 3-1 success over Hannover, the club with whom he spent the second half of last season.

Damian Martinez finally made his Sheffield Wednesday debut, with the Argentinian goalkeeper replacing Chris Kirkland as his loan side lost 2-1 to Huddersfield Town. Martinez, who has extended his deal with the Championship club until January, made one good save but was unable to keep a clean sheet.

Ignasi Miquel replaced Liam Moore at half-time during Leicester City’s 2-1 victory over Ipswich Town, but Chuks Aneke was only involved for the last eight minutes as Crewe Alexandra lost to Port Vale by the same scoreline.

Hector Bellerin, having only joined Watford on Friday evening, was amongst the substitutes as Gianfranco Zola’s side lost 1-0 to Bolton Wanderers.

Josh Vickers conceded a trio of goals and was booked as Canvey Island lost 3-1 at home to Harrow Borough. Austin Lipman, meanwhile, came on as a 79th minute substitute for Boreham Wood during their 1-0 defeat to Eastbourne Borough yesterday, but won a penalty in midweek as his temporary side lost to Carlisle United in their FA Cup 1st Round replay.

Wellington is set to be amongst the substitutes again this evening when Murcia take on Alcorcon.



  1. Well done Campbell again. Does anyone know how long he has left on his Arsenal contract?

    I heard Leeds are looking for Eisfeld on loan, i reckon it woiuld be a good move for him under Brian Mc Dermott, an ex gooner

  2. I think all of them should go on loan.Also the likes of Toral,Olsson and Iliev should go on loan.All of these players are in need for first team football and it may be vital for their development.

  3. Eisfeld definitely needs to show his worth sooner rather than later… I honestly dont know what to think about him and I may be wrong but I can’t see Arsenal quality in him

  4. Thanks for update Jorge.
    Has anyone analysed the benefits and/or consequential effects of all these loan deals for our Youth players? In my memory, only Cole and Wishere came back as better players and became core to our First team.
    How many players do the First team need as back up? By the time you reach your 19th birthday, it’s tough to step up if you are not already in the First team squad. It’s not so much you are not good enough for Arsenal, but you are way down the pegging order for your preferred playing position.

    1. Niklas Bendtner, Johan Djourou, Philipe Senderos, Alex Song, Kieran Gibbs and Tech9 loans at lower league were quite successful. Two of those should have a long term future at AFC. Sometimes players are not good enough to play for Arsenal. Nothing to do with the loan system itself. Better they have a career away from Arsenal with the loan putting them in a shop window, than being released at 21 without any prospect in the professional game.

      The problem is that at 19 years old some players are just not physically ready to play first team football. Clearly, Eisfeld, Zelalem need to bulk up before being considered for lower league loan. They would take no benefit from being bullied off the ball or crushed by nasty tackles.

      The premiership 25 men with 8 home grown rule will have the exact opposite effect that the FA had intended to. It will not improve the coaching and number of good English players. Teams will stockpile 16-17-18 years from abroad to get by the home grown rule (3 years in England before 21years old) without being rip off when buying British to fulfill their home grown quota.

      In view of the stellar success that our U18 team, it make sense to loan some out. They may learn more away from the repetition of the soul crushing defeats. Hopefully Bellerin will come back a better defender from his stint at Watford. Martinez may come good, but with Tech9 in such a good form and signing a new long term contract I cannot see him at Arsenal for the long term. In fact we already see the trend of top teams having a super goalkeeper for the long term and lots of changing understudy who never play except in some cup games. Manchester City, Chelsea have just changed all their understudy goalkeepers.

  5. I know song is not our player anymore. But during his first years in Arsenal, he went on loan to Charlton and then he came back to Arsenal and develope into a fine midfielder.

  6. @ Valentin,

    Thanks for reminding. Yes, Szczesny, Gibbs and a couple of others did come back from loan deals and broke into the first team. I stand corrected. Now, these loan deals serves more as a shop window for these youngsters to move on away from the Aesenal.

    I like the U-21 League that started this season. But this League needs more respect, not just serving as a reserves outing for upcoming players or senior players coming back from injury. It has to be linked to the UEFA Youth League, say for U-20s ( which in turn relates to FIFA’s Youth World Cup ), and the players must be registered as they are for the senior leagues/tournaments. Only then our young players can be played together the Arsenal way and not lost out to sit,more often than not, on some other team’s bench.

  7. This is the first week I can recall them all getting a run out (of sorts). Either they are not performing in training or the “usage” agreements are not tight enough. If they are on loan they need to play. The long list from the successful loan and return policy of past seasons was due to players actually playing. Martinez needs to play at Leicester or drop down. The quality of the team is less important, the coaching and playing time aka Brentford and Szczesny, is more so. Bellerin has a could opportunity at Watford, but Chuks needs more playing time at Crewe. This loan has been the most disappointing imo.

    Also what is happing to Galindo?

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