Loan report- Eventful afternoon for Aneke, whilst Boateng makes Hibernian debut

Chuks Aneke set up a goal, missed a penalty and struck the crossbar during an eventful afternoon for the 20 year old as Crewe Alexandra drew 1-1 with Swindon Town. Aneke stepped up to take the spot-kick after the ball had struck Ryan Harley’s arm, but he sent his effort well over the target. The midfielder then struck the crossbar in the second-half before finally receiving a reward for his endeavours when he teed up Vadaine Oliver to equalise.

Chuba Akpom started and came close to scoring as Coventry City drew 0-0 with Shrewsbury Town. The striker shot just wide early on and was eventually replaced with 72 minutes gone.

Daniel Boateng made his debut for Hibernian, with the defender coming off the bench in the 71st minute during his temporary side’s 3-1 defeat to Dundee United.

Joel Campbell played the whole game as Olympiacos suffered a surprise 3-0 defeat at home to Panathinaikos, whilst Johan Djourou couldn’t prevent Hamburg from losing 1-0 to Hertha Berlin.

Josh Vickers was involved in an entertaining encounter as Canvey Island beat Carshalton Athletic 3-2 in a game that saw two penalties and two red cards.

Ju-Young Park was an un-used substitute as Watford trounced Blackpool 4-0, with Ignasi Miquel again not being called upon for Leicester City, who beat Charlton Athletic 3-0. Benik Afobe remained on the bench throughout Sheffield Wednesday’s 1-0 victory over Middlesbrough, whilst Damian Martinez was left out of the squad entirely.

Francis Coquelin wasn’t involved as Freiburg drew 0-0 with Hertha Berlin. Wellington was named amongst the substitutes for Real Murcia’s game against Numancia this evening.





  1. I’m sick and tired with Arsenal waisting their time with players out on loan,:that are not good enough to get into championship teams. Apart from Joel Campbell, I don’t see any progress with these loan players.

    1. Aneke is like a young Yaya Toure. Akpom was brilliant in pre-eason and just needs a chance. The others are just out to boost their values

      1. I think he is more of a young tom huddlestone at the moment, for those that remember huddlestone was a great talent, who still now and again rips it up

        For all anekes attributes he is actually not that physical, if he can add that to his game as he matures he could well become a yaya toure, but if not he will become an email Hesket rather like Jet. What I am hoping is wenger gives his a chance, but we have to be realistic here whilst he can play anywhere across the 5 midfield.positions not so effective out wide meaning he currently sits behind arteta wilshire Ramsey Flamini chamberlain rosicky cazorla ozil in a fight for 3 positions, whilst there is also diaby zelalem Olsson toral crowley hayden kallstrom eisfeld and coquelin to contend with, whilst a few of the 2nd batch are likely to move on and some of the first batch can play wide, aneke.really has to move on for the good of his own career.

      2. I agree with Atid, in that Aneke despite his great physical attributes, is not physical.
        I also think that contrary to Yaya Touré, he lacks explosivity. A shy boy, he does not that “Give me the ball and I will force my way up” kind of attitude that his position requires. Unfortunately unless somebody switches on the lightbulb, I can’t see him making at Arsenal. Hayden seems to be earmarked for the defensive midfield role. If AW buys an understudy to Arteta this summer, then it is the end for him.
        At least contrary to JET, Aneke seems to be hard working and willing to listen to coach. Every time I hear about JET exploits at Bristol I think what a waste of talent. He should doing the same things in a premiership team instead of League One.

    2. Dont forget Aneke, he has had a fantastic loan so far and it looks like akpom will too. 2nd straight start while also being able to play in our cup comps.

      1. Seems criminal to me that a guy with that very rare combination of size and skill could leave a club- who have often been hurt by a lack of physicality- without ever getting much of a sniff, but I think if it’s correct his contract expires this Summer, it’s almost guaranteed he’ll leave.

        Only way he wouldn’t is if the club make a real effort to convince him he’s part of the plans, and seeing as how his involvement this pre-season was very limited, almost derisory in nature (they stuck him at cb), that seems unlikely.

        Unlike with JET, who I thought had some chance but only if he applied himself exhaustively, I’m convinced Aneke will get to the top. Pace is the only thing he’ll lack if he keeps working hard.

  2. We could really do with three or four of them this month given the fixtures (not to mention I’d have taken Aneke over Cazorla for the Stoke game any day. Hayden starting too for good measure)

    10 fixtures (when I bet the monthly average is about five so far), including an u21 game on same day as fa youth cup quarters and another the day before the Barca game.

    I’m guessing there’ll be a ton of cancellations, but if there aren’t we’ll barely be able to get a team out for a couple of them, unless we’re willing to play 3-5 schoolboys in an u21 fixture, which doesn’t seem wise.

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