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.

Jay Simpson
Millwall 3-0 Brighton ad Hove Albion, December 26
Gary Alexander notched a Boxing Day hat-trick for Millwall as they clambered away from the relegation mire, with Jay Simpson a menace throughout the entire contest. The 3-0 win over Brighton is the Lions' biggest home win of the season and avenges the same scoreline dished out by the Seagulls at the Withdean in September.

Matthew Connolly
Colchester United 1-1 Southampton, December 26
Matthew Connolly sat out Colchester's 1-1 draw with Southampton on Boxing Day. Clive Platt cancelled out John Viafara's first-half strike to ensure a share of the spoils for the struggling U's - they remain bottom of the Championship.

Johan Djourou
Birmingham City 3-0 Middlesbrough, December 26
Alex McLeish's Christmas wish of a home win came true on Boxing Day. However Johan Djourou was an unused substitute in the 3-0 victory over Middlesbrough that saw Stewart Downing put through his own net, Mikael Forssell prod home on the stroke of half-time and Gary McSheffrey convert an injury-time penalty.

Kerrea Gilbert
Gillingham 1-1 Southend United, December 26
Kerrea Gilbert did not play as the Essex derby between Gillingham and Southend ended 1-1. Peter Clarke had put the travelling Shimpers ahead but Adam Miller snatched a point with an 89th-minute strike.

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27 Dec 2007