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.