Loan report- Campbell and Aneke score; Bellerin impresses on Watford debut

It was a highly eventful weekend for Arsenal’s loanees with many of the players currently on temporary transfer starting for their respective loan sides.

Joel Campbell continues to make a profound impact at Olympiakos. He found the net after just three minutes to put his side ahead against Ergotelis, with Olympiakos eventually winning 3-0. The Costa Rican, who was set up by Javier Saviola, found the net for the fifth time this season and, should he continue this form, will surely be provided with an opportunity to impress in the Arsenal first-team next season.

Chuks Aneke, meanwhile, emerged off the bench to score the winner as Crewe Alexandra beat Crawley Town 1-0. Aneke entered the fray with 78 minutes on the clock and found the net just three minutes later when he headed home Matt Tootle’s cross. It was Aneke’s third goal of the season to add to the eight he scored for Crewe last campaign.

Hector Bellerin made quite an impression on his first senior start, with the Spaniard receiving rave reviews from Watford supporters despite his side losing 3-0 at home to Yeovil Town. Operating as a right wing-back, the youngster provided a threat going forwards and was adept defensively.

Bellerin’s compatriot Ignasi Miquel received a rare start and helped Leicester City to keep a clean sheet as they dispatched of Millwall with a 3-0 victory.

Damian Martinez started again for Sheffield Wednesday, with the goalkeeper conceding twice but also making a couple of impressive saves as his loan side lost to Blackpool.

In the Bundesliga Johan Djourou played the whole game as Hamburg drew 1-1 with Wolfsburg on Friday, whilst Francis Coquelin started on the right wing as Freiburg lost to Monchengladbach. The Frenchman was substituted with eight minutes remaining.

Back in England Josh Vickers made one impressive save but let in a late equaliser as Canvey Island were held to a 1-1 draw by Margate, whilst Austin Lipman played the entirety of Boreham Wood’s 1-0 defeat to Bath City.

Wellington came off the bench for the final 32 minutes and was booked as Murcia lost 2-1 to Hercules.

Nico Yennaris was an un-used substitute as Bournemouth drew with Brighton & Hove Albion, with the 20 year old having only joined the Championship side on Thursday evening.



  1. Joel’s goal was very nice, he has so much composure and his finish had finesse, he’s just so confident and is a great finisher. He’ll get better and i hope he eventually plays for us.

  2. Joel Campbell also made his first Champions League start this week at PSG. Hopefully he keeps his place for the final group game and they get into the last 16.

  3. From the Leicester city fans forum, it seem Miquel performed well. Here are some of the comments on the performance of Miquel; Miguel 8 – impressive in the air and with the ball at his feet, Miquel 8.5. Classy. Good in the air, good on the ball, Miquel – 8 Surprised me to be honest..good in the air and with the ball at feet. Those are some of the comments. Miquel performed well too the other weekend where he was introduced in the second half. Also, nice to hear Bellerin performed well. Jeorge is there any possibility of making a video of Bellerin debut for Watford and a video of Miquel in Leicester City?

  4. Campbell loves that kind of goals. I remember he scored a goal like that against spain in a friendly and another one against Deportivo when he was at Betis. But the one against Deportivo, he curled it to the top corner of the goal from the same position he scored yesterday

  5. Watched PSG-Olympiakos last week.. Campbell had a good cross for Mitroglou in the first 20 mins, but otherwise was very peripheral. In the 1st half Olympiakos could not pass the ball properly out of their own half due to PSG’s pressing so everyone had a difficult game but whenever Campbell got the ball to his feet he never made the most of it, choosing the wrong option or playing it back. Obviously scoring a few goals against teams in the lower half of the Greek league is not going to earn him a place in Arsenal’s squad so I was hoping to see him at least be one of the best performers for his team in this game against a quality side and quality defenders, especially as AW must have been watching as well. The fact that it didn’t happen does not mean he is not a skilful player and will not make it here but he needs to shine on these occasions to have a chance to make it into a very competitive Arsenal offensive line. Good enough to have a Carlos Vela type career if he’s sold though.

    1. Campbell couldn’t have done much more than he did, PSG established dominance very early on, Olympiakos retreated into their own box and could hardly get out. Every time they won the ball back they lost it straight away. (I seem to remember PSG finished the first half with 75% possession). The few chances Campbell had to touch the ball he rarely had support, and often had two defenders around him very quickly. Despite the difficulty of the game he still managed to create a great chance for Mitroglou and win a dangerous free-kick, showed good strength and technique to keep the ball in tight situations, and did his defensive duties well, against a top European side.

  6. Bellerin ! Bellerin !! Bellerin !!! I have very high hopes for him and am happy that he’s justifying them so far. Only 18 years old and doing well in the Championship.

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