Ben Sheaf has become the latest member of Arsenal’s U23 squad to head out on loan, with the midfielder to spend the season in the Championship with Coventry City.
Sheaf will look to build upon the experience that he previously gained at Doncaster Rovers and Stevenage, while Coventry are obliged to make the deal permanent should he make a particular amount of appearances.
Trae Coyle, Zech Medley, Jordi Osei-Tutu, Matt Smith and Zak Swanson are also out on loan this season and there is a possibility that other players could follow suit before next month’s deadline.
One player who may fall into that category is James Olayinka. The 19 year old has played just four senior games but has already won two trophies having helped Northampton Town to win the League Two play-offs last season before being an unused substitute for Arsenal against Liverpool in the Community Shield.
Olayinka is still awaiting his competitive debut for Arsenal but is highly regarded by many of the coaches at London Colney for his work rate and ability to play short, snappy passes.
Arsenal face something of a dilemma with regards to sending him on loan as if he was to remain at the club for the first half of the season he could prove to be a useful squad option for cup games.
It will be interesting to see what happens with Olayinka but either way it seems likely that he will gain further experience of senior football in some capacity.