The loan transfer deadline passed this evening with just one Arsenal outgoing, but it was a significant one as Nico Yennaris joined Championship side Bournemouth on a temporary deal that will initially run until January 2nd.
Yennaris saw his previous loan spell with Notts County in 2012 curtailed after just two games due to illness and, having worked his way back to full fitness this season following another stint on the sidelines, the 20 year old will be desperate to receive as much competitive action as possible.
Capable of playing at right-back or in central-midfield, the England U19 international has four first-team appearances for Arsenal to his name, the most notable of which came as a substitute against Manchester United in the Premier League in January 2012, but Yennaris has not featured for the senior side for over a year and is desperate to work his way back into Arsene Wenger’s plans.
Yennaris’ temporary departure swells the current number of Arsenal loanees to eleven and, with Hector Bellerin having joined Watford until January, first-year scholar Tafari Moore seems set to receive regular game time at U21 level having impressed in recent weeks.
With four U21 fixtures to play before Christmas, Moore, who will receive a professional contract when he turns 17 in July, is poised to add to his experience of second-string football and will seek to make the most out of the opportunity that has presented itself following the temporary departures of Yennaris and Bellerin.