Arsenal youngster Harry Clarke joins Oldham Athletic on loan

Arsenal defender Harry Clarke has joined League Two side Oldham Athletic on loan until January 20th.

The committed centre-back has frequently captained Arsenal at U23 level and has often trained with the first-team.

Clarke’s temporary departure leaves the U23s a little short of centre-backs, with Jonathan Dinzeyi the only senior option in that department.

However, there are several players in the U18s, including Alex Kirk, who can step up, while some of the first-team centre-backs could also be involved for the U23s. In addition, Joseph Olowu will be back from his loan spell at Cork City soon.

Folarin Balogun, who was heavily linked with a permanent move away, is still at Arsenal but has yet to sign a new contract.


  1. I think the U23 team is full of huge talents, and they are really young, as many of them could theoretically play for the U23 team in 4-5 years from now.
    Yet the proportion of the Arsenal U23 team is pretty weird.
    – 4 goalkeepers: 2x as many as ideal
    – 3 defenders: half of the ideal headcount
    – 6 central midfielders: again, 3-4 could be enough for competition and covering for injuries
    – 3 attacking midfielders/wingers: that’s not bad if they remain fit for the whole season
    – 2 forwards/strikers: which is also perfect if Balogun may be involved in the EL

    We have a handful of exceptional young defenders on loan. While I know that winning the PL2 has no real value compared to regular minutes in an adult competition, it is hard not to point out that with Ballard and Medley (maybe including Sheaf, Smith and John-Jules) AND a proper coach the U23 team could win the PL2 unbeaten; yet at the moment we are at the last position with 1 point out of 4 games threaten by relegation.

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