There was one final departure on loan from Arsenal in the closing stages of the EFL transfer window, with defender Harry Clarke securing a switch to Oldham Athletic.
Clarke will stay with Oldham, who are managed by Harry Kewell, until at least January 20th, and it appears that he will face a major test of his credentials.
Oldham are currently bottom of League Two and have taken just one point from their first five games, with their defending having not been of a particularly high standard, which is why they have elected to bring in Clarke.
At the age of 19, Clarke is set to gain his first experience of senior football, although he has trained with Arsenal’s first-team squad on many occasions.
The centre-back has frequently captained Arsenal’s U23 side and is adept at playing out from the back.
Occasionally he can be a little too rash with his challenges, but on the whole he is a talented player and this loan should benefit him greatly, provided that he receives sufficient game time.
With so many first-team centre-backs at Arsenal it appeared highly unlikely that Clarke would be involved with the senior squad this season, so this move makes much sense from that perspective.