Monday, July 22, 2024

Arsenal bring premature end to John-Jules’ Blackpool loan

Arsenal have confirmed that Tyreece John-Jules is the latest Arsenal youngster to be recalled from loan.

The 20-year-old had been due to spend the whole season with Blackpool but his lack of game time since October has seen the Gunners take the decision to end the agreement prematurely.

It remains to be seen whether John-Jules is sent out to another club for the second half of the season or if he’ll continue his development with the under-23s.

Loan manager Ben Knapper and academy manager Per Mertesacker have certainly been keeping busy recently; by our reckoning, John-Jules is the sixth youngster to return to London Colney since the start of January and the second today.

We reported earlier that Miguel Azeez was back from Portsmouth while Jordi Osei-Tutu (Nottingham Forest), Jonathan Dinzeyi (Carlisle), Nikolaj Moller (Viktoria Koln) and Harry Clarke (Ross County) were also recalled. The latter has since moved to Hibernian. Jeorge Bird also believes Tom Smith’s time at Welling is over.

Daniel Ballard (Millwall), Matt Smith (Doncaster Rovers) remain with their clubs.

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Loving how pro-active we have been with managing loans for our young players!

Q3 Technique

Yes, though it’s not good that so many loans did not work out


I agree, but we then have the possibility to change the situation for our players, which is good.

Diaby's Left Peg

What happened to the much vaunted dragon’s den loan thing that was supposed to ensure they all went to the best club?

2/8 isn’t a great return.



Funsho Patrick

There’s clarity about what they’re doing at hale end…Weldone BFG and your your team.. would love to see you send us reinforced in Defensive and central midfield though…no breakthroughs since Francis Coquelin…

Wasn’t Saka a left-back when he broke through?


He was a winger who was played at left back to get a start in the first team and because Kolasinac wasn’t in favour.


We have a few bright midfield prospects, though not ready yet, but it’s true that our academy defenders don’t usually break through. Maybe Betsy will help change that? He seems like a brilliant interesting youth coach.

Anders Limpar

Knapper and ‘Sacker.
Just saying.

Looking for the next Saka, Laca, and Xhaka.


I’d rather we not look for the next Xhaka.


Looking for the next striker that doesn’t score? Got loads of them.

Someone On The Internet

Can we loan some of our recalled players to Burnley to make sure our game on the weekend can actually go ahead?


Good one.. but of course loaned players can’t play against their parent club.
Just a thought on those lines; if we were to apply for a postponement ourselves, would the availability of these youth players have an impact on the decision?

Diaby's Left Peg

Rules say something like appropriately experienced senior players so I don’t think so. Otherwise every club with an academy would surely be able to find 13 players 16 or over.


Why do they loan them? To make up the numbers?


Interesting question, but I guess that they don’t have to pay the wages or only a fraction of it and just hope that they will have some super breakout PL quality player for a season. If that isn’t the case, they let them stay on the bench, cause if the guy is only as good as your own player, who maybe has a three year contract, why would you let a loan player feature in games? If have some understanding for the smaller club in such deals, but it is good that we can end those things early, if our… Read more »


I’d be really interested to hear about the background discussions in these recalls, The manager of the loaning club must have a reason for not using the player.

Q3 Technique

I’d be personally in favour of longer developmental loans (e.g. 2 years) with financial incentives dependant on minutes played. I’m not sure sufficient benefits exist to loanee clubs to develop these youth players when the loans are short. Youth players tend to be technically good but tactically lacking. Loanee clubs are often challenging for promotion or battling relegation and cannot afford the inevitable mistakes which youth players make, especially when the managers job is at risk and the upsides to supporting player development are skewed towards the loaner club.


The concept is interesting, but I am not sure, if it would work in reality. As you correctly state, the coaches have specific season goals at these clubs and I would be extremely unhappy as a manager – especially as a newly arrived manager – if the directors told me that I should achieve e.g. promotion, but “we also got those 7 teenagers here in the squad and each of them should feature in at least 25 league games cause we need the money from their parent clubs”.

Billy bob

On a side note some bod on twitter reckons we are looking to cancel the semi final second leg due to not having the numbers!! Is this a WUM or is there some truth in it?


Maybe delayed, not cancelled. Just depends on the number of players available. Hopefully enough of ours will be back from minor injuries and Covid to make up a decent team.


After loaning out Mari and probably Kolasinac, our position would become slightly less defendable if we asked for a postponement.
Even though I know that fielding 11 defenders is not a very valid strategy either.

Santi’s Thigh Grab

That’s ridiculous. What other PL club is being told not to loan players?

Nainsley Aitland Miles

If we are considering applying to postpone the second leg, we have to factor in the fact Salah and Mane and Keita may be back for them by then.


At this rate, it’ll be a question of which ends first: the season or Mr DT’s prison term.


Here comes the next one!!


Our academy is simply incredible. Love the BFG. Frddie should also take some credit for these chaps.




Recalling quite a few players? Looks like we’re really taking this Papa Johns trophy push seriously!

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