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
Tottenham Hotspur 2-3 Birmingham City, December 2
Two former Gunners lined up alongside Johan Djourou in Alex McLeish's first game in charge of Birmingham City. One of those, Sebastian Larsson, fired a stunning last-minute strike to condemn Juande Ramos to his first defeat at the Tottenham helm. Gary McSheffery scored the Blues' first from 12-yards after being felled by Younes Kaboul. Robbie Keane then grabbed a brace, one of which was a penalty conceded by Djourou, before receiving his marching orders for a lunge on Fabrice Muamba. Cameron Jerome equalised for the visitors, and with the woodwork denying both sides it was left to Larsson to snatch all three points.

Carlos Vela
Deportivo La Coruna 1-2 Osasuna, December 2
Carlos Vela continued his footballing education in Spain, starting in Osasuna's 2-1 win away to Deportivo La Coruna.The result ended a run of three games without a win and cam thanks to an 87th-minute strike from Eduardo Dady. Depor's Ruben Castro had cancelled out Jaroslav Plasil's opener seven minutes from time before Dady struck the winner.

Matthew Connolly
Sheffield Wednesday 1-2 Colchester United, December 1
Matthew Connolly was withdrawn at half-time in Colchester's 2-1 win at Sheffield Wednesday. Teddy Sheringham, 21-years Connolly's senior, put the U's in front after just 52 seconds, and George Elokobi doubled their advantage on 26 minutes. Akpo Sodje reduced the deficit from a Steve Watson corner later in the opening period, but a further goal from either side proved elusive. The result ended a winless run of seven games for Geraint Williams' men.

Jay Simpson
Millwall 2-1 Bournemouth, December 1
Millwall battled their way past Bournemouth and into the Third Round of the FA Cup, although Jay Simpson was only on the bench. Two goals in five minutes shortly after the interval gave the Lions the upper-hand. In the spirit of a cup tie the visitors fought bravely and pulled one back through Shaun Cooper with 15 minutes remaining but the Londoners held on. Loanees Ahmet Brkovic and Will Hoskins were the scorers for the hosts.

Kerrea Gilbert
Oxford 0-0 Southend United, December 1
Non-league Oxford United will travel to Southend for a Second-Round FA Cup reply after deadlock on Saturday. Kerrea Gilbert though was once again left out of the Shimpers' squad.

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