Six players are currently away from Arsenal on loan. Cameroonian
midfielder Alexandre Song is getting Premiership experience after
joining Charlton Athletic until the end of the
season. Defender Kerrea Gilbert is spending the entire
campaign at Cardiff while Fabrice Muamba and Nicklas Bendtner
will do likewise at Birmingham. Arturo Lupoli will spend the
rest of the season at Derby and 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
West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Birmingham City, March 18
Nicklas Bendtner played a full 90 minutes as 10-man Birmingham came from behind to draw 1-1 with local rivals West Bromwich Albion. Following a goalless first half Paul McShane side-footed home 19 minutes after the interval to give the hosts the lead. Midfielder Julian Gray was then dismissed for a trip on McShane but with four minutes remaining Damien Johnson struck a fine volley to earn a point. Another Arsenal loanee, Fabrice Muamba, played 82 minutes before he was replaced by ex-Gunner Sebastian Larsson. The result leaves the Blues second in the Championship, two points behind Derby County but with a game in hand.
Charlton Athletic 2-0 Newcastle United, March 18
Alexandre Song started but played only 40 minutes as Charlton earned a morale-boosting victory at home to Newcastle. Following a scoreless first half Zheng Zhi turned in his first goal for the hosts eight minutes after the interval. The China captain was then fouled inside the box by Nolberto Solano with two minutes remaining and ex-Gunner Jerome Thomas wrapped up the points from the spot. The result throws the 18th-placed Addicks a lifeline as they are now just four points behind Sheffield United with eight games still to go.
Derby County 3-1 Cardiff City, March 17
Arsenal loanees Arturo Lupoli and Kerrea Gilbert missed out as Derby moved to the top of the Championship with victory over Cardiff. Top scorer Steve Howard put the Rams ahead from the spot on 27 minutes with his 15th goal of the season. The lead lasted just four minutes as Paul Parry's emphatic strike drew the Bluebirds level. It was all Derby after the break though and they retook the lead through Giles Barnes just four minutes into the second half. Howard then hit his second on the hour mark to secure a valuable three points. Striker Lupoli has made 33 appearances for Derby this season, scoring 11 goals. Meanwhile defender Gilbert has played 23 times for Cardiff but is yet to open his goalscoring account.
Brighton and Hove Albion 1-1 Scunthorpe United, March 17
Joe O'Cearuill played a full 90 minutes as Brighton came from behind to take a point at home to Scunthorpe. Bas Savage lobbed home the equaliser on 72 minutes, eight minutes after Jermaine Beckford had put the visitors ahead with a superb solo strike. Scunthorpe, who are now unbeaten in 16 games, ended the game with 10 men when Matthew Sparrow received his second yellow card. The result leaves Brighton 16th in League One with 48 points from 38 games.
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