Arsenal have confirmed that defender Tolaji Bola has joined Rochdale on loan until the end of January.
The 21-year-old moves to the League One side to gain more experience of senior football having played regularly at under-23 level for the Gunners.
Speaking to the Rochdale website, Bola said: “I’m pleased to be here and can’t wait to get going.
“There has been talks for a couple of weeks and I’m just happy it got over the line and I can start the hard work.
“I’ve spoken a lot with [manager] Brian Barry-Murphy and the coaching staff. It’s really good to hear his ideas and I think we can have a successful season this year.”
The window to do business with clubs in the EFL remains open for another week but to date we’ve sanctioned loan deals for 11 players from the Academy. That really is a big number and seems to mark a change in policy by the club under Per Mertesacker and loan manager Ben Knapper.
Here’s where we stand at the moment. Apologies if we’ve missed anyone off the list, no doubt Jeorge will slap our wrists.
|Jordi Osei-Tutu||Cardiff City|
|Zak Swanson||MVV Maastricht|
|Ben Sheaf||Coventry City|
|Matt Smith||Swindon Town|
|Tyreece John-Jules||Doncaster Rovers|
|Mark McGuinness||Ipswich Town|
|Daniel Ballard||Blackpool Town|
|Joseph Olowu||Cork City|
Deyan Iliev, 25, went on loan to Shrewsbury Town yesterday and three members of the first team squad, Matteo Guendouzi, Lucas Torreira and Dinos Mavropanos, are now at Hertha Berlin, Atletico Madrid and Stuttgart respectively.