Friday, June 21, 2024

Monlouis and Edwards eager to make an impact in senior football

In the closing stages of yesterday’s transfer deadline day Arsenal announced two loan departures, with Khayon Edwards and Zane Monlouis both heading out on temporary transfer.

Striker Edwards will spend the rest of the season with Leyton Orient, while defender Monlouis has also headed to League One with Reading.

This is the first time that the Arsenal youth products, both of whom are 20 years old, will be playing competitive senior football.

Striker Edwards has often impressed for Arsenal at U21 level, with an injury he suffered last season proving rather frustrating. Edwards has been on the bench for the first-team on two occasions and will now be aiming to show that he can make an impact in League One.

Monlouis, meanwhile, has gained plenty of experience playing for the U21s and has made over 50 appearances at that level. The centre-back, who has impressive technical ability, was the regular captain of the U21s but will now be one of the youngest players in the dressing room at Reading.

It will be intriguing to see how both Edwards and Monlouis get on as they make the step up to senior football.

Jeorge Bird is the author of Follow him on Twitter @jeorgebird

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