Loan report- Podolski assists; Wellington wins penalty; Vickers returns to Arsenal


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Lukas Podolski‘s loan spell at Inter Milan hasn’t exactly gone to plan, but yesterday the German provided an assist within two minutes of his introduction as a late substitute during his temporary side’s 2-1 win over Roma.

Podolski replaced Assane Gnoukori in the 86th minute and went on to set up a goal for Mauro Icardi in the 88th minute.

Yaya Sanogo replaced Glenn Murray in the 59th minute as Crystal Palace lost 2-0 to Hull City. The striker, who is still searching for his first league goal in English football, had a strike ruled out for a push on an opponent.

Carl Jenkinson played the whole game and sent a shot over the crossbar as West Ham United drew 0-0 with Queens Park Rangers.

Emiliano Martinez kept goal as relegation-threatened Rotherham United drew 1-1 with Norwich City. The Argentinean made a good save to deny Nathan Redmond, but was powerless to prevent Gary Hooper from scoring a long-range strike.

Chuba Akpom is still to score a goal at senior level, but the striker did play a part in Nottingham Forest’s only goal as they lost 2-1 to Ipswich Town. Akpom managed to beat four players before having his shot saved, but Christophe Berra scored an own goal in the next phase of play after Ben Osborn sent the ball back into the penalty area.

Akpom himself missed a couple of chances, with the striker also teeing up an opportunity for Arsenal Academy graduate Henri Lansbury. Akpom started the game and was replaced with ten minutes of regulation time remaining.

Joel Campbell played the whole game and had a shot saved as Villarreal drew 0-0 with Real Sociedad. Campbell, who played up front in a 4-4-2 formation, also set up a chance for Manuel Trigueros, who saw his shot saved.

Wellington was introduced as a substitute in the 66th minute and was later booked during Almeria’s 2-0 victory over Eibar. The Brazilian won the penalty from which Verza doubled Almeria’s advantage late on.

Jon Toral was brought on in the 68th minute as Brentford dispatched of Reading with a 2-0 win. Toral had a shot saved with four minutes remaining.

Josh Vickers saw his successful loan spell with Concord Rangers come to a conclusion as he kept a clean sheet in their 3-0 win over Farnborough. Last week Vickers, whose Arsenal contract expires in two months’ time, helped his loan team to retain the Essex Senior Cup.

Jack Jebb was a very late substitute in Stevenage’s 1-0 win over Carlisle United. The midfielder was brought on in the 93rd minute and will now remain with the League Two club for an extended period, after they secured their place in the play-offs.

Ryo wasn’t included in the Twente squad as his loan team were beaten 2-0 by AZ Alkmaar.

Semi Ajayi wasn’t involved in Cardiff City’s 3-2 win over Blackpool.

8 comments

  1. Ryo scored and played 90 minutes for Jong FC Twente who plays in Jupiler League. Level may not be high but still means he isn´t completely useless.

  2. Poldi, akpom, campbell yet to score for their loan team. Not interesting. We dont need any of these players anymore. Best of luck in their next futures

    1. Poldi and Campbell …..okay I understand but I wouldn’t write off Akpom just yet. The boy is only 19 years old. Players(and especially strikers) start hitting their peak at 23/24. Just look at Drogba, Giroud and Diego Costa. They really started to shine at the age of 24.

      Also, look at Coquelin – he is 23 and has just started peaking. He had all the raw ingredients to become a top defensive midfielder but it took him a while.
      Akpom has the raw ingredients to become Arsenal-caliber striker but he is still inexperienced.

  3. I really have this strong feeling that, if given a chance, Wellington is going to put up a remarkable show for Arsenal next season. But then again after last summer’s WC I had the same feeling towards Joel Campbell. Hopefully I’m right this time around.

    1. Wellington looks pretty impressive and will have a good career. The thing is his style of play is the same as Chamberlain’s and I don’t think we can have both. It’s one or the other and Wenger will prefer the Ox over Wellington. We just have so many quality attacking midfielders right now. Gnabry can’t even make the bench. I suspect Rosicky will leave this summer. Maybe Walcott too. However, we might buy a top quality winger like Dybala or Fekir.

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