Daniel Ballard became the first member of Arsenal’s U23 squad to go on loan this summer when he secured a temporary switch to Millwall yesterday.
The centre-back will be looking to excel in the Championship having been widely praised for his performances in helping Blackpool to earn promotion from League One via the play-offs.
As was the case last year, it is hugely likely that a significant amount of other Arsenal youngsters will also be heading out on loan before the transfer window closes.
It emerged last month that Arsenal have made eight youngsters available for loan, with Nikolaj Moller, Ben Cottrell, Zak Swanson, Harry Clarke, Tim Akinola, George Lewis, Jonathan Dinzeyi and Ryan Alebiosu all set to spend the season elsewhere.
Deals have yet to be arranged for any of the aforementioned players, but it is expected that there will be interest in all of them, and it seems that Arsenal’s activity with regards to loan departures won’t end there.
Tyreece John-Jules and Matt Smith, for instance, both had loan spells last season and could head out again, with James Olayinka also falling into that category.
Jordan McEneff, who has struggled with injuries and recently signed a contract extension, may also be loaned out for the first time if he can return to full fitness soon.
Goalkeeper Tom Smith has previously had spells in the National League and is potentially another candidate to go on loan.
Then there are the slightly older youngsters – Deyan Iliev, Tolaji Bola and Jordi Osei-Tutu – who could be loaned out if a permanent buyer can’t be found.
Overall, it promises to be a very busy transfer window for Arsenal U23s with regards to loaning players out.