Every season a number of Arsenal players go out on loan to gain valuable first-team experience.


The 2010/11 campaign is no different and fifteen young Gunners have already linked up with their loan clubs.

Arsenal.com will be tracking their progress throughout the season. Our 'Arsenal's Loanees' page provides an overview of all the relevant players and below is the latest instalment of our regular 'Loan Watch' feature, which brings you brief reports from their latest fixtures.

Player Profile - Aaron Ramsey

Nottingham Forest

Aaron Ramsey

Nottingham Forest 5-2 Derby

Wednesday, December 28

Aaron Ramsey made his first competitive start since February and completed 60 minutes for Nottingham Forest as they beat Derby 5-2 on Wednesday. In front of a bumper crowd of 30,000 at the City Ground, the Arsenal midfielder got an hour under his belt as he continues to build up his fitness. Marcus Tudgay and Robert Earnshaw both scored twice as Billy Davies’ side thrashed their East Midlands rivals and moved to eighth in the Championship. The game was only Forest’s second in a month after the freezing weather forced three postponements in December. Ramsey is on loan at Forest until January 3.


Player Profile - Vito Mannone

Hull City

Vito Mannone

Hull City 1-1 Reading

Tuesday, December 28

Vito Mannone saved a penalty for Hull to help his side to a 1-1 draw against Reading on Tuesday. The Arsenal goalkeeper kept out Shane Long’s spot kick after 63 minutes when he made a good stop low to his right to keep the Tigers 1-0 up after James Harper’s opener. Mannone was eventually beaten eight minutes from time when Simon Church grabbed a point for the visitors. Hull remain 15th in the Championship.

Player Profile - Kyle Bartley

Sheffield United

Kyle Bartley

Norwich 4-2
Sheffield United

Tuesday, December 28

Kyle Bartley played the full 90 minutes for Sheffield United as they lost 4-2 at Norwich on Tuesday. The Blades went into the break with a 2-1 lead before striker Wes Hoolahan scored a magnificent hat-trick to condemn the Arsenal loanee’s side to defeat. Henri Lansbury missed the game for Norwich through injury. Sheffield United stay 20th in the Championship.

Player Profile - Benik Afobe

Huddersfield Town

Benik Afobe

Southampton 4-1

Tuesday, December 28

Benik Afobe came on as a 58th-minute substitute for Huddersfield as they suffered a heavy 4-1 defeat at Southampton on Tuesday. The young striker was introduced with the Terriers already three goals behind and couldn’t help them get back into the game. Despite the defeat, Huddersfield remain third in League One.

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