There may not have been any incomings at Arsenal on transfer deadline day but there were a significant amount of loan departures with no fewer than six young Gunners sealing temporary moves.
Perhaps the most significant deal involved Krystian Bielik, who has needed to go on loan for some time. The Polish centre-back will spend the remainder of the campaign with Birmingham City in the Championship, which should provide a gauge as to how ready he is to step up at Arsenal. Bielik will be seeking to follow on from Jon Toral, who thrived on loan at Birmingham last campaign.
Also going on loan is Stephy Mavididi, who has linked up with League One side Charlton Athletic to gain his first experience of senior football. The powerful forward has scored with regularity for Arsenal at U23 level and will hope to hit the ground running on the first-team stage.
Kaylen Hinds, meanwhile, has also gone on loan for the first time after moving to Stevenage of League Two. Usually deployed as an attacking midfielder, the prospect has suffered with several injuries in recent seasons but has still produced some encouraging performances for Arsenal’s youth sides when fit. Hinds signed a contract extension with Arsenal prior to going on loan.
Left-back Marc Bola has also moved to League Two and has signed for Notts County on loan. The Hale End product has been a mainstay of the Arsenal U23 side over the past couple of seasons and will seek to prove that he still has a future with the Gunners despite the arrival of Cohen Bramall.
Goalkeeper Matt Macey joins Hinds and Bola in League Two after heading to Luton Town. The 22-year-old is on the cusp of the Arsenal first-team squad but is yet to make a competitive appearance for the club. He previously had a loan spell with Accrington Stanley.
Meanwhile, Gedion Zelalem’s loan move to Dutch second division side VVV-Venlo was finally confirmed.
One player who didn’t manage to secure a loan deal is midfielder Glen Kamara, who had been on trial at FC Twente. With the transfer window now shut, he must remain at Arsenal until the end of the season unless his contract is terminated by mutual consent.
It is perhaps a little surprising that Chris Willock didn’t go on loan, but the winger should get a chance to express himself elsewhere next season.