Arseblog News understands (sorry, but we do) that Conor Henderson could join Charlton Athletic on loan next season.
The Republic of Ireland youngster suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury in pre-season last summer, just as he was beginning to feature at the fringes of the first team squad.
Such a dent in his development means that a loan for the upcoming season makes sense and newly promoted Charlton will provide him with Championship football.
Henderson spoke towards the end of last season about his willingness to go on loan, saying, “I have a lot of friends out on loan at the moment and they have all said it’s a good experience. Playing men’s football and having to win games is what it’s all about, but I’d love to get into the manager’s plans here.
“I see myself as a central midfielder but I am comfortable on the left or the right – anywhere to get into this Arsenal team.”
Whether it’s the kind of loan to prove to Arsene Wenger that he’s got what it takes or to give him a platform to find a career elsewhere remains to be seen, but good luck to him either way.