Five players are currently away from Arsenal on loan with three of them - Jay Simpson, Kieran Gibbs and Mark Randall - still on British soil. Striker Simpson has extended his spell at League One outfit Millwall, while Gibbs and Randall will be at Championship sides Norwich City and Burnley respectively. On the continent, promising Mexican striker Carlos Vela will play his football in Spain with La Liga side Osasuna, with talented 17-year-old Fran Merida at Real Sociedad in Spain's second tier.

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

Fran Merida
Real Sociedad 2-1 Hercules Alicante, April 6
Fran Merida had another reason to cheer this week as he crashed home the decisive goal in Real Sociedad's 2-1 win over Hercules Alicante. The young Spaniard recently signed a new contract with the Gunners and was described as an 'absolutely amazing' talent by Arsène Wenger. He certainly proved that on Sunday. The Basque side had trailed to a 64th-minute strike but hit back 12 minutes from time, before Merida snatched the headlines with his first goal for his adopted club.

Jay Simpson
Millwall 1-1 Gillingham, April 5
Millwall are just two points off the drop zone after a 1-1 draw with Gillingham on Saturday. Jay Simpson was introduced 10 minutes after the restart with the Lions already trailing to a Nicky Southall strike. Simpson replaced former Arsenal man Ryan Smith and was delighted as Paul Robinson notched Millwall's equaliser 15 minutes from the end.

Mark Randall
Norwich 2-0 Burnley, April 5
Kieran Gibbs and Mark Randall sat on opposing benches throughout the 90 minutes as Norwich eased their relegation fears, and in turn dampened any outside hopes Burnley may have had of promotion, with a 2-0 win at Carrow Road. Veteran Dion Dublin registered within two minutes and it stayed that way until Ched Evans, another loanee, sealed the points in stoppage time.

Kieran Gibbs
Norwich 2-0 Burnley, April 5
Kieran Gibbs and Mark Randall sat on opposing benches throughout the 90 minutes as Norwich eased their relegation fears, and in turn dampened any outside hopes Burnley may have had of promotion, with a 2-0 win at Carrow Road. Veteran Dion Dublin registered within two minutes and it stayed that way until Ched Evans, another loanee, sealed the points in stoppage time.

Carlos Vela
Osasuna 0-1 Recreativo Huelva, April 5
Osasuna had to do without the suspended Carlos Vela for their home game against Recreativo Huelva. They duly lost 1-0.

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