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.

Jay Simpson
Millwall 3-0 Carlisle, April 26
Millwall are safe from relegation, thanks in part to Jay Simpson. The Gunners man fired the first of the Lions' three goals as they dealt Carlisle's automatic promotion hopes a big blow at the New Den on Saturday. Simpson crashed home shortly before half-time after neat combination with Neil Harris. The latter then applied the second from the penalty spot before Tony Craig wrapped up matters with 25 minutes remaining. With the weight of relegation now lifted from their shoulders, Millwall can relax in their final fixture of the campaign away at Swindon.

Carlos Vela
Valencia 3-0 Osasuna, April 27
Osasuna remain in a relegation dogfight after their weekend defeat at fellow strugglers Valencia. Carlos Vela featured from start to finish, as part of a three-pronged midfield. The visitors started brightly but suffered a set-back even before a quarter of the match had elapsed when goalkeeper Ricardo was dismissed for a professional foul. David Villa added insult to injury, slotting home the resulting spot-kick. Juan Mata and Joaquin added two more goals in the second half to leave Osasuna just two points above the drop.

Kieran Gibbs
Norwich 3-0 QPR, April 26
Kieran Gibbs got 77 minutes under his belt as Norwich City ensured their Championship status with a 3-0 win over QPR. The Carrow Road crowd didn't have to wait too long for the game's first talking point as Damion Stewart was shown a straight red card for a foul on Ched Evans after just four minutes. Evans' response was to thump a fierce volley home three minutes later. Mark Fotheringham doubled the Canaries' lead after the break, and Darel Russell completed the rout in the closing stages after a defensive mix-up.

Fran Merida
Malaga 0-2 Real Sociedad, April 26
Real Sociedad travelled to Malaga with Fran Merida in the squad, but he did not make it off bench. The visitors strolled to a 2-0 victory with goals from Labaka and Gari.

Mark Randall
Burnley 3-3 Cardiff City, April 26
The spoils were eventually shared in a goal fest at Turf Moor on Saturday, but Mark Randall missed out. FA Cup Finalists Cardiff City were the visitors but found themselves two down after 54 minutes thanks to Graham Alexander and Andy Cole. The Bluebirds halved the deficit from the penalty spot thanks to Joe Ledley and Aaron Ramsey slipped home the equaliser with 20 minutes to go. Clark Carlisle looked to have won it for Burnley four minues from time but Steve Thompson stole a point in the dying minutes. The action wasn't over there though, as Darren Purse was given his marching orders for a rash challenge on Cole.

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29 Apr 2008