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Arsenal: Matt Smith joins Swindon Town on loan

Arsenal: Matt Smith joins Swindon Town on loan - Arsenal News

Some youngsters look like they will have to leave Arsenal to get some competitive first team football, either on loan or on a full transfer and Arsenal announced that one of their prospects has headed out on a temporary basis.

The club tweeted out on Monday via their academy page that 19 year-old midfielder Matt Smith has joined Swindon Town, who were recently promoted to League One, for the season.

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Arsenal said: ‘We wish Matt the best of luck for next season at Swindon and look forward to supporting him through his continued development.’

The Englishman is clearly someone that manager Mikel Arteta feels like he can use in the future as he named the player on the bench in the Gunners’ squad for the FA Cup final, and despite him not playing, it meant that he picked up a winners medal.

The fact he was named in the squad for this game should excite the player and he should not be worried about dropping down some divisions at his age for regular football. It will help him grow as a player and the competitiveness of the EFL will serve him well for the future.

The midfielder has played in 69 games for the youth sides at Arsenal, scoring ten and assisting 18, per Transfermarkt, which is a very decent tally for a central midfield player. If he can perform to this level or better at Swindon, then there is no doubt that he can grow into a very good player and potentially win a place in Arteta’s team. This makes the deal look like a no-brainer for all involved, Swindon get a young prospect, the player has more chance of minutes and the Gunners will hopefully see their man develop further.

Gunners fans, what are your thoughts on this news? Let us know down below!


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