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So far in this transfer window Arsenal haven’t sent many players out on loan with striker Stephy Mavididi, who has joined Preston North End, only the fourth player to head for a temporary stint elsewhere following Takuma Asano (Stuttgart), Marc Bola (Bristol Rovers) and Emiliano Martinez (Getafe).
As deadline day draws ever closer, however, it is likely that several more Arsenal players will be sent out on loan for either six months or a full season. Here’s a look at the individuals that could fall into that category.
One player who will almost certainly be going on loan is Kelechi Nwakali, with the talented Nigerian midfielder still yet to obtain a work permit that would enable him to play competitively in England.
Having caught the eye with MVV Maastricht in the Dutch second tier last season there have been suggestions that Nwakali could link up with a German club this time around.
Another midfielder, Ismael Bennacer, could go on loan again having impressed for Tours in Ligue 2 in the second half of last season.
Defender Tafari Moore, meanwhile, has been rather overlooked at U23 level this pre-season, suggesting that his future lies away from the club. A fruitful loan spell could help him to secure a permanent move elsewhere.
With the first-team having several centre-backs at their disposal, it wouldn’t be much of a surprise if Krystian Bielik, who produced some outstanding displays for Birmingham City last season, was to spend at least part of the season elsewhere.
Fellow centre-back Julio Pleguezuelo, having gained experience at Mallorca last campaign, may also go on loan once more.
Another Spaniard, midfielder Jon Toral, appears no closer to making the breakthrough into the Arsenal first-team and surely wouldn’t be content to spend the season playing for the U23s, so he too could head elsewhere.
Defender Ben Sheaf, midfielder Savvas Mourgos and winger Aaron Eyoma could also go on loan, with Arsenal having plenty of younger players ready to step into the U23 squad if required.
With regards to first-team players, striker Chuba Akpom could be sent on loan if he can’t secure a permanent move elsewhere, while Carl Jenkinson and Mathieu Debuchy, who have been playing for the U23s recently, may be loaned before the end of the month.
Midfielder Jeff Reine-Adelaide would certainly benefit from a loan spell, but the Frenchman could well be retained if he is part of Arsenal’s plans in the Europa League.