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.

Carlos Vela
Osasuna 1-0 Real Zaragoza, February 10
After his midweek excursion to the Americas, Carlos Vela was withdrawn on 62 minutes as Osasuna bounced back from last weekend's heart-breaking defeat against Barcelona with a win over fellow strugglers Real Zaragoza. Czech Republic international Jaroslav Plasil notched the only goal of the game in first-half stoppage-time. Vela was a nuisance to the visitors defence but with fatigue setting in the young Gunner made way. The win  pulls Osasuna to 15th in the La Liga, just three points behind their opponents who sit 10th.

Mark Randall
Burnley 1-1 Colchester United, February 9
A substitute appearance on 73 minutes by Mark Randall couldn't lift Burnley as they failed to overcome bottom-of-the-table Colchester. Veteran Andy Cole marked his Clarets' debut with a goal midway through the opening period  but Johnnie Jackson's deflected free-kick seven minutes before the interval ensured a share of the spoils for the U's.

Fran Merida
Real Sociedad 1-1 El Ejido, February 9
Fran Merida was given a late run-out for Real Sociedad as they overcame El Ejido thanks to a goal from Diaz de Cerio shortly before the hour. Arsenal's young midfielder came off the bench in stoppage time as his new club moved up to fourth in Spain's second-tier.

Jay Simpson
Nottingham Forest 2-0 Millwall, February 9
Millwall slumped to a second successive defeat as high-flying Nottingham Forest capitalised on a poor Lions display. Jay Simpson played throughout but, with the visitors failing to assert any influence on the game, the Arsenal youngster struggled. Forest full-backs Julian Bennet and Luke Chambers were the men to register within 15 minutes of the restart to leave Millwall languishing in the drop zone.

Kieran Gibbs
Cardiff 1-2 Norwich, February 9
Kieran Gibbs is yet to be used by Norwich since joining the Canaries on the final day of the transfer window. Currently enjoying a massive up-turn in results, Glenn Roeder's team added Cardiff to their list of scalps thanks to Ched Evans' 88th-minute winner. The on-loan Manchester City player had given the visitors the lead 15 minutes in but Gavin Rae hauled Dave Jones' men level just before the interval. The winner was just desserts for Norwich as they climb to 13th in the Championship, four points adrift of the play-offs.

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11 Feb 2008