A new set of Arsenal youngsters are poised to head out on loan when the transfer window re-opens in January, but, for now, it is worth assessing the fortunes of those who are currently on temporary transfer and attempting to gauge whether they have a long-term future at the club.
Of all the Arsenal loanees this season, Joel Campbell certainly seems to have attracted the most attention as a consequence of his exploits at Olympiacos. The Costa Rica international has scored five goals and made eight assists in 14 league fixtures to date, whilst also featuring three times in the Champions League. If he continues his steady progression then Campbell, who previously spent time with Lorient and Real Betis, could find himself part of the Arsenal first-team next season, particularly if he impresses at the World Cup.
Johan Djourou has featured 11 times for Hamburg in the Bundesliga, turning in some assured performances, but despite the fact that he has played for the Arsenal first-team on 141 occasions, he appears to have no future at the club and could earn a permanent move to the German side next summer.
Francis Coquelin, meanwhile, has often been deployed as a left winger at Freiburg and is expected to miss the next few weeks through injury. A promising player when signed from Stade Lavallois five years ago, his development has stalled somewhat since, and he will have to really impress in the second half of the season to stand any chance of resurrecting his Arsenal career.
Hector Bellerin has caught the eye as a right-wing back at Watford and could extend his stay at Vicarage Road until the end of the season, although it remains to be seen what impact Gianfranco Zola’s departure will have on the youngster’s chances of featuring regularly for the Championship side. A promotion to the first-team squad at Arsenal seems likely in the summer.
Damian Martinez, meanwhile, is establishing himself as a regular at Sheffield Wednesday and will also be hopeful of breaking into the senior set-up at Emirates Stadium in the near future, but Ignasi Miquel will have to feature far more regularly for Leicester City in order to prove his credentials.
Nico Yennaris has not featured yet for Bournemouth and is in a rather uneasy predicament given that his Arsenal contract expires at the end of the season. Chuks Aneke, however, has been largely impressive for Crewe Alexandra, although given that he is still playing in League One at the age of 20, it is questionable whether he, too, will make the grade.
Wellington has started a couple of games for Real Murcia in Spain recently, but, for all his talent, is yet to demonstrate that he can perform consistently, whilst Austin Lipman, Anthony Jeffrey and Josh Vickers have all impressed for non-league sides whilst receiving some much-needed game time.