Miguel Azeez joined Portsmouth on loan this week and the move could be hugely beneficial for the midfielder’s overall development.
Azeez has impressed at U23 level for Arsenal with his slick passes but still tends to dwell on the ball for too long at times and he will hopefully be able to address that issue during his stint with Portsmouth.
If the youngster can feature prominently in League One then it would put him in a good position to challenge for a place in the Arsenal first-team squad next season, but it was certainly the correct decision to send him on loan as this campaign he would have been unlikely to feature due to the Gunners not be involved in European football.
Another player who went out on loan this week is Jonathan Dinzeyi, with the defender having headed to Carlisle United in League Two.
A surprise signing last year following his release from Tottenham Hotspur, Dinzeyi was heavily involved for Arsenal U23s but wasn’t particularly impressive.
The 21-year-old is gaining his first major experience of senior football and it is possible that this temporary move could be the springboard to a permanent departure elsewhere.
It was a little surprising that further players from the U23 squad didn’t go on loan. The likes of Ben Cottrell, Zak Swanson, Joel Lopez, Tim Akinola and James Olayinka among others would all have benefitted from a spell elsewhere but will now have to wait until January for a loan move.