Zech Medley and Trae Coyle set to return to Arsenal with Gillingham loan spells to be cut short

Zech Medley and Trae Coyle are set to return to Arsenal shortly, with their loan spells at Gillingham to be cut short.

Both players initially joined Gillingham on loan for the season but haven’t featured prominently in recent weeks, with Medley having suffered an injury.

Gillingham manager Steve Evans told BBC Radio Kent that he expects the pair to return to Arsenal ‘in the next 24 hours’.

Medley and Coyle had been sent out on loan by Arsenal for the first time.

Centre-back Medley, who has already played for Arsenal at senior level, featured prominently for Gillingham earlier in the season and has made 18 appearances in total, 12 of which came in League One. However, an injury has meant that he hasn’t played since last month.

Coyle, meanwhile, has played 21 times, scoring four goals but the winger has mainly been restricted to substitute appearances.

It is possible that both players could be loaned out again for the remainder of the season.


  1. Do we know if this was a decision led by Arsenal or Gillingham? Either Arsenal weren’t happy with the amount of game time the pair were getting or Gillingham weren’t happy with their performances? Perhaps a bit of both…or something else?

  2. Coyle is a typical example of an under 18 stagnating in u23 football. He was as big a talent as Saka, was great in the wing back role and even left back. Just wish he had been able to get chances in the first team like Saka did, I am sure he would have taken them.

    With Brexit controlling who might be able to come here, I think it would be fantastic for the EFL to allow A rated academy’s to field an under 21 side in the lower divisions, but not allow promotion to the EPL. Basically an extension of the EFL trophy, which should be scrapped in favour of the EFL cup, which only A rated premier League teams would compete with EFL clubs

    The Premier League should then scrap the single division format and invite 12 championship sides into a new 16 team two division format.

    The final step would be to scrap the season opening community shield in favour of an end of season champions League play off, between the 4th place EPL1 and FA Cup Winners.

    Less matches for Premier League players but better quality matches and opposition all round for those outside the first team.

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