Five 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 while defender Kerrea Gilbert will spend the entire campaign
at Cardiff. Fabrice Muamba and Nicklas Bendtner do likewise at
Birmingham and Arturo Lupoli will spend the rest of the campaign at
Keep up-to-date with the fortunes of all our loan stars in our regular Loan Watch...
Charlton Athletic 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur, May 7
Alexandre Song played 71 minutes as Charlton's seven-year spell in the Premiership came to an end in front of the Valley faithful. Needing a win to keep their survival hopes alive, the Addicks were dealt an early blow when Dimitar Berbatov netted just seven minutes in. The hosts rallied and Song went close with a header but an injury-time strike from Jermain Defoe, a one-time Charlton youth player, consigned Alan Pardew's side to the Championship.
Nicklas Bendtner, Fabrice Muamba
Preston North End 1-0 Birmingham City, May 6
Nicklas Bendtner signed off from his loan spell at Birmingham with a defeat, as the Blues were pipped to the Championship title by Sunderland. With promotion already assured Steve Bruce's side were chasing the first second-flight title in their history. Striker Gary McSheffrey wasted a gilt-edged chance from a Bendtner cross early in the second half and paid the price when Simon Whaley struck the hammerblow on 85 minutes. Sunderland's 5-0 win at Luton saw them crowned champions. Another Arsenal loanee, Fabrice Muamba, missed out through suspension.
Derby County 2-0 Leeds United, May 6
Arturo Lupoli played the final 10 minutes as Derby County ended the league season with victory over relegated Leeds. Darren Currie scored on the stroke of half time to put the Rams ahead before United's Robert Bayly was dismissed on 72 minutes for attempting to head-butt Craig Fagan. Defender Tyrone Mears ensured all three points four minutes from time. Billy Davies' side were already guaranteed third place and will now face Southampton in their Play-Off Semi-Final.
Ipswich Town 3-1 Cardiff City, May 6
Kerrea Gilbert came on for the final five minutes as his loan spell and Cardiff's season ended in defeat at Ipswich. Having topped the Championship table in November, just two points from the last 27 sees the Bluebirds finish the season in 13th place. Ex-Arsenal striker Francis Jeffers opened the scoring for the host on four minutes and, although Paul Parry equalised eight minutes before the break, a second-half brace from Jon Walters inflicted a third straight defeat on the Welsh side.
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