How every Arsenal player on loan is performing this season
Arsenal have always enjoyed a reputation for developing young players within English football and despite the club’s struggles on the pitch in more recent years, that ability to produce good players has remained intact.
However, while the likes of Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe have earned their spot in Mikel Arteta’s first team, a number of the club’s young prospects haven’t yet made the step up.
As such, Arsenal have loaned out a fair chunk of their first team squad to clubs all over Europe with the explicit intention of picking up game time and developing as players before making a crack at the senior squad, or being sold.
In the January transfer window, striker Folarin Balogun was a high-profile exit on loan to Middlesbrough.
How many players do Arsenal have out on loan?
From the reserve side to the senior side, Arsenal currently have 19 players out on loan.
Where is each Arsenal player on loan?
Hector Bellerin - Real Betis
Lucas Torreira - Fiorentina
Runar Alex Runarsson - Leuven
Reiss Nelson - Feyenoord
Konstantinos Mavropanos - Stuttgart
Matteo Guendouzi - Marseille
William Saliba - Marseille
Folarin Balogun - Middlesbrough
Daniel Ballard - Millwall
Harry Clarke - Ross County
Jonathan Dinzeyi - Carlisle
Tyreece John-Jules - Blackpool
Nikolaj Moller - Viktoria Koln
Jordi Osei-Tutu - Nottingham Forest
Matt Smith - Doncaster
Tom Smith - Welling United
Ryan Alebiosu - Crewe
Jordan McEneff - Shelbourne
Brooke Norton-Cuffy - Lincoln
How are they performing?
There's little doubt that the most high-profile player to leave Arsenal on a loan deal this season was Hector Bellerin, whose spell at Betis has gone rather well.
He has made 31 appearances so far, and recorded five assists. He most recently appeared in Betis' 0-0 draw to Real Sociedad and helped them to Copa del Rey glory, beating Valencia on penalties.
It seems fair to say that Arteta doesn't really rate the talents of William Saliba and Matteo Guendouzi, as both of those players were sent out on loan again, this time at Marseille.
Both have featured extensively this season for Marseille and are playing a pivotal role in the French giants fighting for a top four finish in Ligue 1. So much so that Guendouzi and Saliba have both made their debuts for the France national side. The midfielder will join Marseille on a permanent basis this summer after impressing so much. Saliba has arguably been the best young centre-back in Europe this term so Arsenal will need to make a decision on whether to keep or sell him this summer.
Saliba and Guendouzi both featured as Marseille inexplicably lost 3-0 to Lyon at the start of May, and both were present as they crashed out the Europa Conference League to Feyenoord at the semi-final stage. Guendouzi was on the scoresheet in a 3-0 win over Lorient last weekend.
Lucas Torreira was on loan at Atletico Madrid last season but barely made an impact. During the summer he campaigned for a move to Boca, but had to settle for Fiorentina.
The midfielder has become a first-team regular for the Viola, and his father and the club have recently suggested that the move could be made permanent. He scored as Fiorentina demolished Genoa 6-0 in late January, though was sent off against Lazio a few weeks later.
He returned as the Viola earned two excellent wins against Atalanta, one in the Coppa Italia and one in Serie A.
Before the international break, he scored two goals in two games including one against Inter in a 1-1 draw and most recently appeared in the narrow 1-0 defeat to Milan.
Runar Alex Runarsson has proved to be one of the club's most bizarre signings recently, and he has been sent away to Leuven. He's played 20 times in all competitions, and has conceded 32 goals and kept two clean sheets.
Konstantinos Mavropanos is currently on loan at Stuttgart for the second season in a row, and the Bundesliga side have the option to sign him for just €3.5 million, so it doesn't look like he has a future at the Emirates.
Feyenoord were poised to sign Manchester United wonderkid Amad Diallo on loan for this campaign, but after he suffered an injury Reiss Nelson was sought as second choice. Nelson has played 30 times for the club and has contributed 10 goals.
In the January transfer window, Folarin Balogun joined Middlesbrough and made 18 Championship appearances in the back-end of the season, scoring three goals.