Seven Arsenal players are currently away on loan, three of whom, Armand Traore, Kerrea Gilbert and Nacer Barazite, remain on British soil. Eighteen-year-old left-back Traore is the only loanee cutting his teeth in the Premier League while Barazite and Gilbert are further down the English system, with Derby County and Leicester City respectively.
Overseas, the Gunners have players in Italy, Spain and Holland. Philippe Senderos, who has made 115 appearances for the Gunners, will spend the season with Serie A giants AC Milan. Fellow centre-half Håvard Nordtveit has joined Spanish Segunda Division outfit UD Salamanca along with Pedro Botelho while Vincent van den Berg is out on his second loan spell in as many years, this time with FC Zwolle of the Eerste Divisie in Holland.
Read on for all our loanees' latest exploits.
Aston Villa 0-0 Portsmouth, October 18th.
Armand Traore played 79 minutes of Portsmouth’s hard-fought 0-0 draw at Aston Villa on Saturday. The Frenchman maintained his place on the left of a four-man Pompey midfield and went closest to opening the scoring just before the half-hour. The 19-year-old jinked in off the left-hand side and surged into the box before drilling an effort goalwards. Unfortunately for the visitors his effort crashed against the post and the rebound just evaded the onrushing Jermain Defoe. Traore was replaced by left-back Nadir Belhadj as Harry Redknapp’s side looked to hang on to a point in the closing stages.
Derby County 2-1 Plymouth Argyle, October 18th.
Nacer Barazite played 90 minutes as Derby came from behind to beat Plymouth 2-1 at Pride Park. The Dutchman was utilised on the left and the right of a midfield quartet as the Rams extended their unbeaten home run to seven games. On-loan striker Paul Gallagher had stunned the home side after nine minutes when he volleyed the Pilgrims ahead from 30 yards. Rob Hulse restored parity on the stroke of half time and Plymouth captain Karl Duguid found his own net five minutes after the break to make it 2-1 to Derby.
Oldham Athletic 0-0 Leicester City, October 18th.
Kerrea Gilbert played another 90 minutes at right back for Leicester as they drew 1-1 at Oldham on Saturday. The result ensured Leicester held on to second place in League One, now two points behind leaders Scunthorpe with a game in hand. Steve Howard thundered home a Lloyd Dyer cross 10 minutes after the break but Oldham hit back through Danny Whitaker’s superb effort 20 minutes from time to preserve the Latics’ unbeaten home record.
CD Tenerife 2-3 UD Salamanca, October 18th.
Pedro Botelho came on after 52 minutes of UD Salamanca’s 3-2 victory at Tenerife as Los Charros cemented their place at the summit of Liga Adelante. The Brazilian full-back was cautioned after 75 minutes but Havard Nordtveit missed out because of international duty. Quique Martin opened the scoring for the visitors after 11 minutes but Juan Fransisco Martinez pulled Tenerife level 10 minutes later. The teams exchanged goals again before the interval but Martin grabbed his second from the spot on the hour-mark to secure the win.