Conor Henderson and Ignasi Miquel are both eager to consolidate their Arsenal credentials this season with the former open to furthering his football education on loan and the latter focused on getting fit and discussing his options at the end of the transfer window.
This time last year Irish winger Henderson was enjoying a fine pre-season with the Gunners first team squad before a cruciate knee ligament injury ruled him out for nine months.
Now back to full fitness, and in fine form judging by his two goal salvo against Bolton in first fixture of the new under-21 league, the 20-year-old says he is happy to follow in the footsteps of Benik Afobe and Ryo Miyaichi by testing himself on loan.
“It is important for me to get games this season,” he told Arsenal.com.
“I think the plan for me now is to go out on loan, get some first-team experience and see where I go from there.
“A few clubs are asking about me but I think they want to see I am match fit before they take me, so hopefully I can have a few more games for the under-21s and do that.”
Arsenal’s fifth choice centre-back, assuming Sebastien Squillaci leaves before September, and an emergency left-back option, Ignasi Miquel is somewhat nearer to gaining first team action.
Indeed, given his proximity to Arsene Wenger’s starting line-up it appears the young Spaniard is willing to wait before discussing any such loan move of his own.
“Right now, I just aim to make sure I am fit and ready,” said Miquel. “Then I’ll have to wait. I haven’t really thought about anything else – first of all I want to see how all the players are, who comes and goes, and then we’ll see what happens.
“We start from the beginning now and I really want to do well this season – working hard until I’m an Arsenal first-team player.”