Five players are currently away from Arsenal on loan. Swiss international defender Johan Djourou will be getting valuable Premiership experience after joining newly-promoted Birmingham City until January. Elsewhere, defender Matthew Connolly will spend the entire campaign at Championship club Colchester United while Kerrea Gilbert and Jay Simpson will be in League One with Southend United and Millwall respectively. Promising Mexican striker Carlos Vela will play his football in Spain with La Liga side Osasuna.

Keep up-to-date with the fortunes of all our loan stars in our regular Loan Watch.

Johan Djourou
Birmingham City 0-2 Portsmouth, November 24
Two very different goals separated the sides as Johan Djourou's managerless Birmingham City side went down 2-0 to Portsmouth. Sully Muntari will claim the first on 34 minutes although he owes much to the poor goalkeeping of Richard Kingson. And Niko Kranjcar rocketed in a spectacular free-kick eight minutes from time as Pompey registered their fifth successive victory on the road - their last defeat away from Fratton Park coming at Emirates Stadium.

Carlos Vela
Osasuna1-2 Espanyol, November 25
The introduction at half-time of Carlos Vela lifted what had been a wimpish Osasuna performance. The side were trailing 2-0 at home to Espanyol when the youngster came on, and before setting up what turned out to be a consolation goal for Javier Portillo, he had a goal of his own ruled out for offside. The result plunges Osasuna deep into trouble and they hover just above the relegation zone on goal difference.

Matthew Connolly
Crystal Place 2-1 Colchester United, November 24
One goal down and a man light were far from ideal conditions for Matthew Connolly to enter the fray on 11 minutes at Selhurst Park. Clinton Morrison had put the Eagles ahead before Pat Baldwin was dismissed for hauling down the Republic of Ireland international when he was through on goal. Johnnie Jackson levelled the scores on 69 minutes but Morrison fired home the winner 16 minutes from the end.

Jay Simpson
Millwall 2-1 Yeovil, November 24
Jay Simpson was withdrawn just after the hour before Millwall battled back from a goal down to defeat Yeovil 2-1 at the New Den. The win was Kenny Jackett's first home win and came with goals from Jamie O'Hara and Ali Fuseini in the final 20 minutes. James Walker had leathered the visitors in front with a fabulous volley shortly after the interval.

Kerrea Gilbert
Luton 1-0 Southend United, November 24
Kerrea Gilbert featured in a match day for the first time since early September, although he was unused substitute. Having fallen into administration, losing 10 points as a result, Luton was an ideal place for the Shrimpers to visit as they looked for a first win since November 3. However a Calvin Andrew goal on 74 minutes secured a 1-0 win for the hosts, after Southend's Matt Harold had missed an earlier penalty.

Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 26 Nov 2007