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 three young Gunners have already linked up with their loan clubs.
Francis Coquelin is with French Ligue 1 club Lorient, Sanchez Watt has moved to Championship side Leeds United and Luke Freeman is at Yeovil Town in League One.
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 first instalment of our regular 'Loan Watch' feature, which brings you brief reports from their latest fixtures.
Hartlepool 2-0 Sheffield United
Wednesday, August 11
Kyle Bartley was a late substitute in Sheffield United's 2-0 Carling Cup First Round defeat to Hartlepool. The defender returned to the Blades on Monday and came on up front on Wednesday evening with Kevin Blackwell's side 2-0 down after goals from Brown and Boyd. Bartley had an effort from the edge of the box held by the keeper and in stoppage time his shot had to be cleared off the line.
Leeds United 4-0 Lincoln City
Tuesday, August 10
Sanchez Watt was in the thick of the action as Leeds United beat Lincoln City 4-0 in the first round of the Carling Cup on Tuesday. The 19-year-old started on the left wing and provided the cross for Luciano Becchio to double his side's lead after Jonathan Howson had put Leeds ahead. Lincoln keeper Joe Anyon then had to race off his line to deny Watt and the stopper had to be alert moments later to again deny the youngster.
Lloyd Sam added the third just before the half hour and Neil Kilkenny wrapped things up with a 71st-minute penalty.
After the match Leeds boss Simon Grayson was full of praise for Watt. "Our wide players were good," he said. "They created space, and we were nice and positive. They are exciting players. Sanchez was an influence and made things happen. They [the wide men] were at the head of a lot of what we did well."
Yeovil Town 0-1 Crystal Palace
Tuesday, August 10
Luke Freeman played 73 minutes as Yeovil Town were knocked out of the Carling Cup after a 1-0 home defeat to Crystal Palace on Tuesday. The on-loan Arsenal striker hit the crossbar after just 12 minutes and later sent a shot over the bar. As the second half drew to a close it looked as though the game would go to extra time but Alan Lee smashed home a stoppage-time winner for the visitors.