In our Loan Watch feature series, the Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how a selection of players from a particular club are faring whilst they are away from their parent side, and provide a brief update regarding their form.
Here are reports on a trio of Arsenal players currently out on loan, with wins, yellow cards and a return to fitness on the agenda as these endure mixed weeks whilst earning valuable minutes for their respective loan clubs.
Marcelo Bielsa has confirmed that Eddie Nketiah is close to returning from his lower abdominal injury.
The Leeds United manager spoke in his pre-match press conference ahead of the 1-0 win over Reading on Tuesday evening and confirmed the striker would return to training on Thursday.
He said: “Eddie Nketiah will work with the group next Thursday and we will see how it goes.” (Source: Leeds Utd)
Mohamed Elneny started and completed the full 90 minutes as Besiktas beat Konyaspor 1-0 away from home to win their fourth consecutive game in a row in the Turkish Super Lig.
The Egyptian was key in breaking up play as he got booked in the 54th minute and made the most fouls for the Turks (via WhoScored).
A win leaves Besiktas fifth in the Turkish top-flight as they sit just three points behind leaders Sivasspor.
Jordi Osei-Tutu started and completed the 90 minutes as VfL Bochum extended their unbeaten run to three games with a 1-1 draw at home to VfL Osnabrück.
The Arsenal youngster was at the heart of the attacking action, playing the joint-most key passes and completing the joint-third most dribbles for the German side.
After not playing for six consecutive games, the 21-year-old completed 90 minutes in his third consecutive start for the second division side (via Transfermarkt).
Nketiah’s return to injury will be a boost for his chances of impressing the Gunners. He was in good form prior to his injury, having scored five goals in just two starts for the Whites. And with question marks over the futures of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the youngster could well be a starter for the north London side next season if he can continue his good form.
Mohamed Elneny was let go on loan due to the club’s ambitions of signing better central midfielders. A return to Arsenal is wholly improbable and even if he does lift the Turkish league title, he will most likely be sold next summer.
Osei-Tutu could yet become Arsenal’s solution in what is proving to be a conundrum at right-back. Hector Bellerin has been far from his usual self in recent games against Leicester City and Southampton and Ainsley Maitland-Niles has admitted he is not a right-back. The 21-year-old could return to be a defensive option down the right if he continues to show good form on loan this year.
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