The transfer window closes tomorrow night but there will still be the opportunity for some of Arsenal’s youngsters to join Football League clubs either permanently or on loan until October 16th.
One player who is a prime candidate for a temporary departure is Daniel Ballard, who already possesses plenty of experience at U23 level and, at the age of 21, is at the stage where he wants to be playing senior football on a regular basis.
Ballard’s loan spell at Swindon Town last season was frustratingly cut short by injury but he is now fully fit again and has been involved in numerous first-team training sessions with Arsenal.
Although Ballard, who possesses an excellent work ethic, featured for the U23s recently, it would be difficult for him to break into the first-team setup this season given the significant amount of centre-backs ahead of him. A callup to the squad for the Europa League wouldn’t be out of the question if he was to stay, but Ballard would surely benefit more from playing regularly on loan, perhaps at a League One club.
If Ballard did go on loan then he may return next summer to see that several of the senior centre-backs have moved on. In the meantime he could be gaining plenty of valuable experience.