As is the case each season, a large contingent of Arsenal players will be spending at least part of the campaign elsewhere in the hope of receiving regular playing time, and this time around there are some significant names amongst the club’s band of loanees.
Here’s what each of them will be seeking to achieve this season.
Jack Wilshere- Bournemouth
Arsenal’s most high-profile loanee, Wilshere made a surprising switch to Bournemouth on deadline day after growing frustrated with his lack of game time with the Gunners. The midfielder will hope to avoid injuries and should feature prominently for Eddie Howe’s side as he seeks to prove that he is still capable of fulfilling his vast potential.
Wojciech Szczesny- Roma
Another experienced player who has gone out on temporary transfer, Szczesny is in his second season on loan at Roma. The Poland international made a glaring error in the Italian side’s recent Champions League qualifier against Porto, but he produced some impressive performances last season and will hope to do enough to earn a permanent deal with Roma.
Joel Campbell- Sporting Lisbon
The winger has found himself on the periphery at Arsenal and has been sent out on loan once again, this time to Sporting Lisbon. Campbell’s chances of establishing himself at Arsenal seem rather thin but he is a talented player and some good displays this season would attract potential suitors.
Calum Chambers- Middlesbrough
It isn’t quite make or break at Arsenal for Chambers, but he is now at the stage of his development where he needs to be playing regularly. The former Southampton player has potential but needs to play frequently in a set position.
Takuma Asano- Stuttgart
Of all Arsenal’s loanees, it is perhaps Asano’s progression this season that will be the most intriguing. The Japanese forward was an unexpected signing for the Gunners and impressed for his country in the Olympics. He will now seek to earn a work permit enabling him to play competitively in England.
Kelechi Nwakali- Maastricht
Another youngster who joined Arsenal this summer, talented midfielder Nwakali played a key part in Nigeria’s U17 World Cup success. The prospect has linked up with Dutch second division side Maastricht and will look to showcase his ability in a low-pressure environment.
Stefan O’Connor- Maastricht
Joining Nwakali at Maastricht is young defender Stefan O’Connor, who has made one appearance for the Arsenal senior side. O’Connor has so far mainly featured for Maastricht’s youth team as he gains valuable experience of playing in a different country.
Tafari Moore- Utrecht
Also in Holland is Tafari Moore, with the young right-back spending the season with Utrecht. Like O’Connor, Moore is set to start the season playing youth football for his loan side but will hope to progress into the senior team later in the campaign.
Glen Kamara- Colchester United
The defensive-midfielder had a spell with Southend United last season and returns to League Two with Colchester United. A Finland youth international, Kamara doesn’t appear to have a future at Arsenal and will be looking to earn a move elsewhere.
Dan Crowley- Oxford United
The highly regarded midfielder is seeking to push on after he was unable to establish himself at Barnsley last season. Crowley scored a fine goal against Brighton in the EFL Cup but hasn’t featured prominently in league games so far. This could be a crucial season for the starlet in terms of determining whether he can succeed at Arsenal.
Julio Pleguezuelo- Mallorca
A centre-back who is composed on the ball, Pleguezuelo has returned to his native Spain with Mallorca but, with Rob Holding and Krystian Bielik ahead of him, it will take something special for the youngster to salvage his Arsenal career at this point.
Jon Toral- Granada
Another player of whom big things are expected, Toral has previously impressed on loan at Birmingham City and Brentford but time is running out for him to succeed at Arsenal.
Ryan Huddart- Eastleigh
The young goalkeeper joined non-league Eastleigh in a surprising move, and, even more strangely, has mainly been a substitute so far. Huddart’s choice of loan move was rather surprising given his potential, but he’ll hope to break into the Eastleigh team soon.