We are in the final month of 2017, and I hope it has been a great year for you, even if things aren’t going great for Arsenal.
Let’s take a look at the players spending their season away from the Emirates, and how they are faring at their new, temporary homes.
Bought in the summer of 2016 for $22.2 million from Deportivo La Coruna, Perez was to be our fox in the box. While not physically intimidating or technically as gifted as other strikers, the Spaniard made it a habit of finding the back of the net in La Liga.
Unfortunately for Lucas Perez, he found it almost impossible to break into the first team in a season when the number nine (Alexis Sanchez) scored over 20 goals in the league.
After months of speculation about his future, Perez eventually moved back to his old club on loan over the summer. He has, however, been unable to prevent Deportivo to slide down the table in Spain, and they are currently sitting in 17th place, just two points above the drop zone.
In the league, Lucas Perez has contributed with 4 goals and an assist from 9 starts and 3 substitute appearances. In two cup starts, he has added a goal and 2 assists, although was unable to keep his side from being knocked out by Las Palmas over the two legs.
The Costa Rican attacker joined Arsenal all the way back in the summer of 2011, when he was just 19. At the time he seemed a typical Wenger signing; a quick, left-footed winger who looked like he might be able to make the switch to striker.
However, life at the Emirates has not been kind to Campbell.
He is currently on his sixth loan away from North London, his third to a Spanish team and second to Real Betis. Joel had injured his knee over the summer at the CONCACAF Gold Cup while representing Costa Rica.
At the time, he was supposed to miss about six months, however made a recovery way ahead of schedule.
He made his second debut for Real Betis on October 15, and made four appearances, although only one start, but has failed to play a full 90 minutes so far. Then, just as Campbell starting gaining some momentum, he went and got injured again.
He’s missed all of November, but Quique Setien, manager of Real Betis, told the media on Saturday that Campbell is nearing a return and is, “almost as he was.”
In his four appearances this year, Campbell has scored once and created an assist, and Betis are currently in 11th place in La Liga, with 18 points from 14 games.
Another loanee with injury issues, Jenkinson joined Championship club Birmingham City alongside Cohen Bramall over the summer. He also joined Arsenal in 2011, and has found it tough to break into the starting XI on a consistent basis.
Jenkinson did get 5 appearances in 3 different competitions for the Gunners last season, although failed to impress and was even replaced with an out of position Gabriel Paulista while Bellerin was injured.
The right-back was hoping to kick-start his career again after being offered the move to Birmingham by then-boss Harry Redknapp.
Since Steve Cotterill took over as boss, Jenkinson has made strides to making a comeback, although there is no set date for his return. Speaking to the Birmingham City website, the manager has confirmed,
“He (Jenkinson) has started joining in training. I don’t know what time span that will take from there, it depends how well he does.”
The Blues are languishing in 17th place in the Championship as we near the festive period.
Carl Jenkinson is joined in Birmingham by Cohen Bramall, who plays as a left-back. Just like his fellow loanee, the Arsenal man has found games few and far in between, although for Bramall, it is not because of injury.
Both Cotterill and Redknapp before him have all but relegated the youngster to a bit-part role, as he has only gotten two games all season. One in the league and one in the Carabao Cup.
Bramall has gotten a few games for the Birmingham U-23s, however, so his time spent away from home has not been in vain.
As mentioned before, the Blues are in danger of relegation from the Championship, with just 16 points taken from 20 games.
With David Ospina electing to stay at the Emirates over the summer, there was no room for both Emi Martinez and Matt Macey. Our man Arsene chose to send the former out on loan, with Getafe agreeing to take the Argentine.
The La Liga outfit has relegated Martinez to the role of number two, with his only chances coming in the Copa Del Rey. The Arsenal loanee played both legs against Alaves, but shipped 4 goals over the tie as his side lost without scoring a single strike.
Getafe sit in 8th place in La Liga, with 19 points from 14 games. They also have a +5 goal differential, meaning that without a drop in the starter’s form, it will take an injury to allow Martinez a run in the team.
The Japanese winger is in his second year of a two-year loan spell at the Bundesliga outfit Stuttgart. He helped guide the team into the first division last year, and has kept his place in the team.
Asano has made 9 starts and 5 substitute appearances in all competitions, scoring his lone goal of the year on November 24th to earn his club a 1-1 draw against Hannover.
Stuttgart are in 13th place in the Bundesliga, taking 17 points from 14 matches, and are five points above the relegation zone.
Asano has recently been awarded a spot in Sportschau’s Bundesliga team of the week for his play against Hannover.
The young Nigerian plays as an attacking midfielder, drawing comparisons between himself and Alex Iwobi. Nwakali was on loan in the Netherlands with MVV Maastricht in the Dutch second division, and this year makes the jump to the first.
VVV Venlo has agreed to take the player on loan for the season, and have given him 4 starts and 6 subs in all competitions.
Nwakali made his debut in style, scoring a stoppage-time equalizer against Groningen (sorry if I’ve misspelled any of these club names) to earn his loan club a point away from home.
His chances have dried up recently, however, as he has not made an appearance since November 4th.
This guy has the best name, doesn’t he?
Mavididi is spending this season with the other Invincibles, Preston North End. The Championship side has handed the young striker 10 appearances in all competitions, including three starts in the league.
The Arsenal man has yet to break his duck, however, although Preston are sitting pretty in 10th place, with 29 points through 20 games.
The ninth and final Arsenal loanee is Marc Bola, a young left-back playing for Bristol Rovers in Football League 1. He has made 6 starts in the league, 3 in the Johnstones Paint Trophy and 2 in the Carabao Cup.
Bristol are in 15th place, taking 24 points from their 20 games played, 4 points above the drop zone.
Bola was heavily involved with the starting XI until about a month ago, but hasn’t made an appearance since November 8.