The January transfer window is rapidly approaching, and, whilst there isn’t expected to be much transfer activity involving the Arsenal first-team, several of the club’s talented youngsters could secure loan moves elsewhere.
With the Gunners having a sizeable senior squad and the injury situation starting to ease, it is difficult to envisage many first-team opportunities being given to members of the U23 squad in the remainder of the campaign, which indicates that a series of temporary deals could be arranged.
Here’s a look at the players that could go on loan.
The talented midfielder gained valuable experience on loan at Rangers last season but has been restricted to just two substitute appearances in the EFL Cup since returning to Arsenal.
Zelalem is undoubtedly still a fine talent but time is starting to run out for him to make the cut at Arsenal and he is in need of a successful loan spell.
The 19-year-old is currently on trial at Go Ahead Eagles as he looks to earn a loan deal with the Eredivisie side.
If he does go on loan then Macey will hope to fare rather better than he did during his spell with Accrington Stanley in 2015, when he conceded with regularity.
Despite having been part of the EFL Cup squad, Bielik is still some way down the pecking order at centre-back, with his chances of making an immediate breakthrough into the squad lessened further by Per Mertesacker’s impeding return from injury.
A spell at a lower league club would be hugely beneficial for Bielik and should provide some clues regarding whether he can thrive as a centre-back on the senior stage.
The winger, who made his competitive debut for the Arsenal first-team this season, should go to a League One or League Two side but needs to play regularly.