In contrast to previous years it was a very quiet January transfer window in terms of Arsenal youngsters heading out on loan, with Emile Smith Rowe the only player to do so.
The hugely talented Hale End graduate will spend the rest of the season with RB Leipzig, joining the growing crop of English youngsters to test themselves in the Bundesliga.
Smith Rowe will hope to replicate the success that his Arsenal team-mate Reiss Nelson has enjoyed at Hoffenheim in the first half of the campaign, and, intriguingly, the pair are set to face each other on February 25th.
Earlier this season Smith Rowe stated that it was his ambition to make his Premier League debut this campaign. Injuries have dictated that he will have to wait to fulfil that aim, but he will instead gain some extremely valuable experience in Germany.
The 18-year-old’s versatility – he can operate effectively out wide or as an attacking midfielder – should make him a useful asset for Ralf Rangnick’s side.
In addition, Smith Rowe will join a talented squad of players and should be tested extensively so that he can develop the defensive side of his game.
After starring in pre-season Smith Rowe made quite an impact for Arsenal in cup competitions in the first half of the campaign – he made six appearances, scoring three goals.
Injuries have halted his progress in recent months, but he is now fit again and ready to finish the season strongly in a new environment.
Had he remained with the Gunners then he may well have been involved in the Europa League but with the club out of the FA Cup and Denis Suarez having arrived on loan from Barcelona, further opportunities would probably have been limited.
If all goes well this could prove to be an inspired move for Smith Rowe and should prepare him for pre-season, when he will look to truly establish himself in the first-team squad at Arsenal.