Five players are currently away from Arsenal on loan.
Defender Kerrea Gilbert will spend the entire season at Cardiff
while Fabrice Muamba and Nicklas Bendtner do likewise at
Birmingham. Elsewhere, Arturo Lupoli will spend the rest of
the campaign at Derby while Joe O'Cearuill is with League One
side Brighton and Hove Albion.
Keep up-to-date with the fortunes of all our loan stars in our regular Loan Watch...
Nicklas Bendtner, Fabrice Muamba
Hull City 2-0 Birmingham City, February 24
Nicklas Bendtner played the entire second half as Birmingham slipped to defeat at Hull. The hosts took the lead 10 minutes in when former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour crossed for Dean Windass to sweep home. The Blues then had defender Radhi Jaidi dismissed for bringing down Stuart Elliot and had to play nearly an hour with 10 men. Journeyman striker Windass completed the scoring from the spot on 57 minutes after Nicky Forster was fouled by Martin Taylor. Arsenal's other loanee Fabrice Muamba did not feature.
Charlton Athletic 4-0 West Ham United, February 24
Alexandre Song played 85 minutes as Charlton Athletic recorded an emphatic 4-0 win over fellow relegation strugglers West Ham United. The victory saw Charlton boss Alan Pardew get one over on his former club and heap further misery on Alan Curbishley, his successor at Upton Park. Darren Ambrose opened the scoring on 24 minutes before further strikes from Jerome Thomas and Darren Bent gave the hosts a 3-0 half-time lead. Former Arsenal winger Thomas then completed the scoring on 80 minutes, beating keeper Robert Green in style. The win sees Charlton leapfrog the Hammers into 18th place, however Wigan's 1-0 victory over Newcastle means Pardew's side remain seven points from safety.
Brighton and Hove Albion 0-2 Bristol City, February 24
Joe O'Cearuill played a full 90 minutes as Brighton's three-game winning streak was halted by Bristol City. A brace from Phil Jevons put paid to the Seagulls' recent purple patch, the striker scoring on 43 and 84 minutes after replacing Wayne Andrews. The first was a fine volley and the second a penalty after Dean Hammond had fouled Brian Wilson. To add insult to injury Brighton finished the game with 10 men after Tommy Fraser received his marching orders for a foul on City keeper Adriano Basso.
Cardiff City 4-1 Preston North End, February 23
Kerrea Gilbert did not feature as Cardiff City moved back into the play-off places with a comprehensive victory over Preston North End. Midfielder Peter Whittingham put the Bluebirds ahead on the stroke of half time before three goals in two second-half minutes decided the game. Michael Chopra and Graham Alexander hit a penalty for each side before Roger Johnson headed the hosts into a 3-1 lead. Chopra converted a Whittingham cross with 23 minutes remaining to complete the scoring.
Sunderland 2-1 Derby County, February 24
Arturo Lupoli did not feature as Sunderland inflicted a third successive defeat on promotion hopefuls Derby County. Liam Miller struck a late winner for Roy Keane's side to move the Black Cats to within three points of their opponents and league leaders West Bromwich Albion. David Connolly had given the visitors the lead from the spot on 27 minutes after he was fouled by Marc Edworthy. Giles Barnes pulled Derby level with a superb solo strike on the hour mark before Miller's dramatic last-minute strike stole all three points.
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