Arsenal have recalled Matt Smith from his loan at Swindon Town and confirmed the midfielder will now spend the rest of the season with fellow League One side Charlton Athletic.
After signing in August, the 20-year-old impressed at the County Ground scoring twice and making four assists in 26 appearances.
While the mid-season move is a little surprising, switching from Wiltshire to South London means Matt trades a relegation battle for a promotion chase; Swindon are 22nd in the table, whereas Charlton, in 7th, are just eight points behind leaders Hull City.
Smith is yet to make his senior debut for the Gunners but his shock of blond hair was a regular on the substitutes’ bench at the tail-end of last season.
No doubt he’ll be driven to make an impression at the Valley with a view to forcing his way into Mikel Arteta’s thinking next pre-season. He follows in the footsteps of Alex Song, Francis Coquelin and Yaya Sanogo.