Isaac Hayden’s frustrating loan spell with Hull City is set to come to an abrupt end, with the midfielder scheduled to return to Arsenal following the Tigers’ game with Queens Park Rangers tomorrow.
Hayden featured prominently for Steve Bruce’s side during the early stages of his loan spell and was expected to remain at the KC Stadium for the whole season, but he has been used sparingly in recent weeks, with the player having grown frustrated at his lack of game time.
The 20-year-old is likely to be sent out on loan again for the second half of the campaign, with Hayden seeking to prove that he can still make the grade at Arsenal.
Doing so will be difficult, however, and the England youth international is now entering a pivotal 18 months in his development, with his contract at Arsenal set to expire at the end of next season.
Meanwhile, Serge Gnabry, another player who has endured a disappointing spell away from the club this season, could also be in line to return to Arsenal.
Gnabry has been restricted to just 13 minutes of Premier League action for West Bromwich Albion this season, and, according to the Telegraph, Arsenal have entered discussions with Tony Pulis’s side about the possibility of cancelling the loan agreement by mutual consent.
One player who is unlikely to be returning to Arsenal next month is Gedion Zelalem, with the midfielder set to sign an extension to his loan deal with Rangers, which currently runs until January 3rd.
A decision will also have to be made on the short-term future of young centre-back Stefan O’Connor, whose agreement with York City is set to run out on January 6th.