Chuba Akpom // Sint-Truidense V.V.
The 22-year-old forward has been sent on Loan to Sint-Truidense V.V. for the rest of the season. Commonly known as STVV, they are currently 6th in the Jupiler Pro League.
Takuma Asano // VfB Stuttgart
The Japanese international did not make the matchday squad as Stuttgart suffered a 0-2 defeat to Schalke 04. Rumors have been swirling around Asano for several weeks and with a decline in playing time, he has been seeking a move out of the club. Now, with the sacking of Hannes Wolf, it is likely he will see his tenure at Stuttgart come to a close. Where he ends up is unknown, with Portugal emerging as a likely destination. Since he still lacks a work permit for the U.K., Arsenal will likely send him right back on loan. Stay tuned.
Krystian Bielik // Walsall F.C.
The 20-year-old Polish center back has been sent on loan to League One side Walsall for the rest of the season.
Marc Bola // Bristol Rovers F.C.
The 20-year-old defender showed off his versatility as Bristol Rovers claimed a 3-1 win over Doncaster Rovers. Playing both fullback positions during his 90 minutes of action, Bola was rarely troubled defensively as Doncaster struggled to build attacks down his flank. Strong positioning and one-on-one defending hampered several attacking moves, forcing the opposition to recycle possession or needlessly give possession away. Penalty box clearances as the game closed helped relieve pressure as Doncaster sought a way to equalize. Bola has started to reclaim his position as first-choice full back ahead of Lee Brown with 3 consecutive starting appearances.
Cohen Bramall // Birmingham City F.C.
The 21-year-old left back played with a strong attacking intent as Birmingham City drew 1-1 with Huddersfield Town in the FA Cup. While some of his crosses were poor, Bramall’s eagerness to attack down the flank helped stretch the pitch for Lukas Jutkiewicz to constantly attack into. Hopefully, his performance will let him enter the conversation about usurping Jonathan Grounds as the first-team left back.
Joel Campbell // Real Betis
The Costa Rican international made an appearance during a team meeting with fans this past week despite not being cleared for training for at least two more weeks. His future for the Beticos has been speculated on in the last month, with transfer rumors suggesting a move back to Arsenal or a loan back to his hometown of San Jose, Costa Rica. Of course, his long-term injury and protracted recovery have put a damper on any potential move. With Antonio Sanabria out long-term, Betis may have a use for the forward as they fight to keep their mid-table status.
Carl Jenkinson // Birmingham City F.C.
The 25-year-old right back started his first match since his dislocated right shoulder as Birmingham City drew 1-1 with Huddersfield Town in the FA Cup. Jenkinson defended well and made several forceful runs down the right flank, stretching the opposition and forcing Huddersfield to defend the width of the pitch. He was impressive for a player that has been out for 5 and a half months and will likely give Steve Cotterill a much-needed selection headache as Birmingham battle to stay in the Championship.
Emiliano Martinez // Getafe C.F.
The Argentinian goalkeeper returned to the bench as Vicente Guaita returned to the first team, helping Getafe claim a 1-1 draw against Sevilla. Guaita, who was rumored to have completed a medical at Crystal Palace ahead of his potential move, appears set to stay with the Madrid-area club. With his contract running out this summer, it is possible that clubs will wait to sign him on a Bosman to avoid paying Getafe a €3,5 mil fee. If indeed Guaita stays as Getafe manager Jose Bordalas suggests, then Martinez’s run in the first-team will be limited to his 3 league appearances.
Stephy Mavididi // Charlton Athletic F.C.
Charlton Athletic did not hold any matches this week. Their League One clash with Shrewsbury Town conflicted with the latter’s involvement in the quarterfinal of the EFL Trophy while the match away at Blackpool was postponed due to a twice-failed pitch inspection.
Tafari Moore // Wycombe Wanderers F.C.
The match between Wycombe Wanderers and Coventry City was postponed due to the latter’s involvement in the FA Cup. They return to action Tuesday, January 30th as they travel to Kenilworth Road to take on top-of-the-table Luton Town.
Kelechi Nwakali // MVV Maastricht
The young Nigerian played all 90 minutes as MVV fell 1-3 to De Graafschap. Set up as the attacking midfielder in a 4-4-1-1, Nwakali noticeably struggled to exert influence throughout the match. Sometimes he displayed some nice close-control dribbling to maintain the limited amount of attacking movements MVV generated. Typically, however, MVV prefered direct transitions, bypassing the Nigerian altogether. He wasn’t much better defensively, at times confused about whether he should drop deep and form a 5-man midfield or push up and press with the striker. Considering that this is his first competitive match since early December, time is needed to adjust to his new surroundings.
Lucas Perez // Deportivo La Coruna
The Spanish forward was substituted 42 minutes into Deportivo’s 2-2 draw with Levante after Celso Borges received a 2nd yellow midway through the first half. Lucas continued his excellent set-piece deliveries by providing an assist for a strong near-post header by Adrian Lopez. Outside of dead ball situations, Lucas struggled for fluency with only 14 touches during his time on the pitch. Deportivo’s inability to connect possession forced Lucas to drop deep constantly and through his movement compressed the right side of the pitch, making them easier to defend. Lucas has made 18 league appearances for the club, registering 4 goals and 3 assists.
Julio Pleguezuelo // Gimnastic de Tarragona
The Under-21 captain has been sent on loan to Gimnastic de Tarragona for the second half of the season. Commonly known as Nastic, they are currently 17th in the Segunda Division of Spanish football. Considering that his contract with Arsenal expires this summer, this move will do much in securing a future contract elsewhere.
Jeff Reine-Adelaide // Angers SCO
The 20-year-old French midfielder has been sent on loan to Angers SCO for the rest of the season. Angers are currently battling for relegation in Ligue 1 as they sit in 16th place.
Ben Sheaf // Stevenage F.C.
The highly-rated midfielder suffered a slight hamstring strain in only his second training session for his new club, expecting to be out for 10-12 days. So far, Stevenage manager Darren Sarll has been impressed with what he has seen from the youngster: “He’s made a massive impact on me already and will be a terrific player. He’s got a great attitude and is a typical Arsenal technician in terms of his ability and capability in possession.” Here’s hoping Sheaf can make a quick recovery.