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
Bolton 3-0 Birmingham City, December 22
A disastrous day for Johan Djourou as the Swiss star's Birmingham side conceded three times in the final 18 minutes at Bolton. El-Hadji Diouf's opener, after a slip by Stephen Kelly, was followed by a horror moment from Djourou. The loanee, who returns to the Club in January, threw the ball in the direction of his goalkeeper only to find former Gunner Nicolas Anelka lurking. The Frenchman duly rounded the hapless Maik Taylor and slotted home before notching his second in the dying moments.

Carlos Vela
Osasuna 2-1 Mallorca, December 23
Osasuna moved further clear of the relegation mire with a hard-fought 3-1 win over Mallorca on Sunday. Carlos Vela entered the fray after an hour with the scores at 2-1 and his fresh legs ensured the hosts were in the ascendancy for the remainder of the game, sealing all three points with a Hugo Viana goal in the final minute.

Matthew Connolly
Queen's Park Rangers 2-1 Colchester United, December 1
Defeat would have been hard enough to take for Colchester, but the 2-1 reverse against Queen's Park Rangers saw Geraint William's men slip to the foot of the Championship table. Matt Connolly was not in the squad for the demoralising defeat as a classy brace from Akos Buzsaky sealed the victory. Mark Yeates claimed a consolation with a neat chip.

Jay Simpson
Walsall 3-0 Millwall, December 22
Jay Simpson will be glad not to have been involved as Walsall dished out a 3-0 humbling of visiting Millwall - all three goals coming in the final 16 minutes of the first half. Tommy Mooney's splendid volley got the ball rolling before he snatched a second after a mix-up in the Lions defence. The miserable passage of play was completed when Neil Harris turned Michael Ricketts' cross into his own net.

Kerrea Gilbert
Southend United 0-1 Oldham Ahletic, December 22
A 35-year hoodoo was lifted at Roots Hall on Saturday as Oldham recorded a long-awaited victory at Southend - once again however Kerrea Gilbert did not feature. The only goal of the game came on four minutes when Lee Hughes blasted the ball home from close range.

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24 Dec 2007