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.

Matthew Connolly
Colchester 2-3 Watford, December 4, Cardiff City 4-1 Colchester, December 8
A tough week for Matt Connolly and Colchester could not be lifted by the fact the youngster got himself on the scoresheet. He had scored the second of two first-half goals against Watford before the Hornets rallied after the break to record a 3-2 win. Still hurting, The U's travelled to Cardiff on Saturday only to be humbled by Dave Jones' men 4-1.

Carlos Vela
Osasuna 0-0 Valencia, December 8
Carlos Vela played throughout Osasuna's stalemate with Valencia on Saturday. The well-earned point is a big lift for the struggling Spanish outfit against one of the favourites for the La Liga title.

Jay Simpson
Leyton Orient 0-1 Millwall, December 4, Luton P-P Millwall, December 8
Millwall were expected to play Luton on Saturday but heavy rain rendered the pitch unplayable. Earlier in the week the Lions had notched their first away of the season by defeating high-flying Leyton Orient 1-0, a game in which Jay Simpson came off the bench with 23 minutes remaining.

Johan Djourou
Newcastle 2-1 Birmingham City, December 8
Johan Djourou sat out as Birmingham hearts were broken by Newcastle's Habib Beye's last-minute winner at St James' Park - his first for the club. Cameron Jerome had put the Blues in control with a fine goal early on, but a contentious award of a penalty allowed Obafemi Martins to level the scores before the break. It brings Alex McLeish's charges back down to earth with a bump after last week's smash-and-grab raid at Tottenham.

Kerrea Gilbert
Southend United 4-1 Huddersfield, December 5, Southend United 2-1 Swindon, December 8
Frustration continues for Kerrea Gilbert as he failed to make the squad for Southend's home wins against Huddersfield and Swindon.

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