Arsenal midfielder Jon Toral has joined Championship side Brentford on a season-long loan.
Toral, who has endured several injury setbacks since moving to North London from Barcelona in 2011, will link up with former Arsenal youngster Nico Yennaris as part of the ongoing partnership between Arsenal and Brentford which also saw Chuba Akpom spend time on loan at Griffin Park last season.
Toral, who can play as a central-midfielder or on either flank, made his Arsenal first-team debut in the pre-season friendly win over Boreham Wood last month and the 19 year old has made 26 appearances for the Gunners at U21 level, scoring 5 goals.
He will hope to play regularly in England’s second tier with the aim of subsequently progressing into the Arsenal first-team set-up.
Meanwhile, Toral’s compatriot Hector Bellerin trained with the Arsenal first-team today ahead of their Premier League opener against Crystal Palace.
Arsenal U21s get their season underway today away to Reading.
Possible Arsenal U21 team: Macey; Moore, Ajayi, O’Connor, Ormonde-Ottewill; Hayden, Olsson; Maitland-Niles, Zelalem, Willock; Akpom.