Arsenal’s Stefan O’Connor set to receive much-needed game time with York City loan

Young Arsenal defender Stefan O’Connor has joined League Two side York City on loan, with the deal set to run until January 6th, 2016.

The commanding centre-back made his first-team debut for Arsenal against Galatasaray in the Champions League last season but has been deprived of game time even at youth level this campaign, largely as a consequence of the club’s decision to move Krystian Bielik to centre-back.

O’Connor, who is confident on the ball, broke into the Arsenal U21 side as a first-year scholar and struck up an impressive partnership with Julio Pleguezuelo, with the youngster having now made over 30 appearances for the second-string.

York have the worst defensive record in League Two this season- they have conceded 37 goals- so there could be much work for O’Connor to attend to with his temporary side.

The decision to loan out the 18-year-old makes sense given that he is no longer eligible for the FA Youth Cup and he wouldn’t have received much playing time for the older age groups.





  1. Hopefully if he does well at York, a club in the Championship might take him on loan afterwards…
    But League Two is going to be a definate step up from reserve football and playing in games that really mean something will be a great aid to his football education.

  2. Going into a club in free fall can be a double edge sword. Swim or sink time.
    Do well and you can attract championship club.
    Fail miserably and you can destroy your reputation.
    At least the club will give him some playing time. He is unlikely to be worst than what they currently have.
    However it is also possible that most of the problem is in midfield rather than the defence. In which case changing defender would not change the result.
    My fear is that the reason the club is failing is not only because of the players, but more importantly because of the coaches.
    The good news is that it is initially six weeks. That means that if things do not work out, AFC can pull the plug pretty quickly.

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