So much focus goes on our first team efforts, and rightly so.

We are chasing a re-entry into the top four in Unai Emery’s first season, and we are maintaining a push in the Europa League.

Throw in some electrifying performances from our bigger names, and some of our younger players rising to the challenge, and you have a season where all eyes are on each and every minute of our games.

What of our loanees though?

The kids who may well have the future of our club in their precocious, yet talented feet, are plying their trade for another club, aiming to reassure Emery that the answers he is looking for lie in their direction, rather than the transfer market.

So, how are they getting on?


Emile Smith-Rowe

This exciting attacking midfielder hasn’t kicked a ball in anger since joining RB Leipzig. He joined with a groin injury, but this ailment is far worse than first feared, and as such, Smith-Rowe is only now joining in with first-team training. The youngster could well make his Bundesliga debut before the seasons end, but at this moment, fitness must be achieved first.


Reiss Nelson

Another talent off the conveyor belt, and another playing in Germany, this time for Hoffenheim. Nelson hit the ground running, but the second half of the season has been a little more challenging.

He has bagged six goals and one assist but the last six games has seen a grand total of 25 minutes of action for the winger, and there hasn’t been a goal since November.

Nelson has done enough to show he’s worthy of a squad place with us, but the dropoff of form is something that may cause concern.


Emiliano Martinez

The Argentinean stopper has always done us proud when picking up the gloves, and he must have been keen to prove he can be our Number2 next season after joining Championship strugglers Reading.

However, Emi has performed very well indeed for the Royals, He has installed himself as first choice and his selection has coincided with more positive results for Reading, giving them real hope of survival.


Calum Chambers

An interesting tale for Chambers. Initially, Chambers struggled to install himself into Jokanovic’s team. A swift change of manager gave our defender a chance, but in midfield, and he has impressed hugely in the role.

Chambers can definitely look forward to a spot in our squad next season, but will his versatility harm his chances?


Krystian Bielik

Our Polish centre half is at Charlton this season and helping to propel their play-off push.

The defender has made 27 appearances for the Addicks and is very much part of the starting eleven for Lee Bowyer’s team. Is he good enough for our squad? Maybe not, but it is a stepping stone for the Pole, and he may have earned another loan spell, but at a higher level next season.


Takuma Asano

The Japanese speedster is on loan - again - this time at Hannover 96. It is another season in Germany for the 24year old, and he has made just 12 appearances all season. It looks like his time under the Arsenal umbrella is approaching the end as this loan spell signals that the Japanese attacker doesn’t quite make the cut. No goals really underlines this.


Matt Macey

Another goalie on loan, the young Bristolian is at Plymouth and is first choice down at Home Park. 29 games played, 52 goals conceded, with three clean sheets. This may read quite damning for the young man, but with the Green Army only four points away from the relegation zone, the stats are pretty much par for the course. Definitely one to watch for the future.

We have another on loan, David Ospina, but with the right to buy option most likely to be extended with his current club Napoli, it seems pretty futile to look at how he is performing.

To surmise, we have a group of players who will return to the fold in the summer, eager to implement their new lessons that they have learned.

Will they get the chance? Perhaps, but the club will have watched every minute. Keep your eyes peeled this summer.