Arsenal Loan Watch: Mid-Season Edition – Part 2 (AMN, Mavropanos, Nelson, etc.)


On Tuesday we began our review of the large number of Arsenal players on loan. We’ve covered two senior players helping their new teams challenge UEFA Champions League position and a few academy products who could one day be first-team regulars. We now move on to our second group of players which includes some interesting senior players who have a very uncertain future at the club.

Part 1: Azeez, Ballard, Balogun, Bellerin, Clarke, Dinzeyi, Guendouzi and Hein.

Player/Age: Dejan Iliev, 26 years old

club: SKF Sered

Season preview and outlook: He has made 10 appearances this season in the Fortuna Liga, the top flight in Slovakia and the domestic cup. Iliev was to be loaned out for a full season, but an injury in October has kept him out of action ever since. Last week Arsenal recalled him of the loan and agreed to terminate his contract. He had 39 appearances for the U23s but never made an appearance for the senior side.

Player/Age: Tyreece John-Jules, 20 years old

club: Blackpool (first half) & Sheffield Wednesday (second half)

Season preview and outlook: John-Jules started the year with the Championship side of Blackpool and was a regular contributor in the early months of the season. However, no goals and only two assists in the EFL Cup expelled him from the squad at the end of October. After a brief return to Arsenal, he moved to League One (where he spent last season with Doncaster Rovers) to join ninth-placed Sheffield on Wednesday as they look to add goals in their playoff pursuit. With just two wins in their last eight games, John-Jules has a chance of earning some important minutes if he can get off to a quick start.

Player/Age: Ainsley Maitland-Niles, 24

club: Rome

Season preview and outlook: Often described as a utility player, Maitland-Niles continued to find his playing time at Arsenal hard to come by. So far this season he has time at CM, DM, RM, LM, RB and LB between Arsenal and his new home for the second half of the season, Roma. He got off to a great start in Italy, two starts and four appearances in total, with three wins and the only 4-3 loss against Juventus. Currently, in 6th place, Maitland-Niles has a great opportunity to show that he is ready to be a regular in the starting XI in a top-flight league. Whether at Arsenal next season, Roma or a new home, it’s safe to say that most Gunners fans want the best for his future.

Player/Age: Pablo Mari, 28 years old

club: Udinese

Season preview and outlook: A left-field signing who became a regular starter but ultimately saw his time at the club plummet after being part of the rough start to this season. He is now moving to 15th-placed Udinese in Serie A. He will likely seek a new permanent home away from Arsenal this summer. A solid run with Udinese could see him settle there for the next few seasons, but in any case hopefully increase his value and profile before the summer. transfer window.

Player/Age: Konstantinos Mavropanos, 24 years old

club: VfB Stuttgart

Season preview and outlook: At the other end of the Arsenal CB loan spectrum is Mavropanos who, despite joining the club in January 2018, has only made 8 appearances for the Gunners (434 minutes in total). This season he’s back at Stuttgart in the Bundesliga, and as the team are in a relegation battle, Mavropanos continues to grow in stature. He has 19 appearances so far this season but has added five goals and one assist (after zero in both categories last year). His contract runs out in June 2023, which means this summer is the decision point for the club and the player. Does he have the right CB depth behind Gabriel and White, or will Rob Holding and the return of William Saliba dictate that Mavropanos is sold?

Player/Age: Nikolai Moller, 19 years old

club: Victoria Cologne

Season preview and outlook: The promising young striker arrived at Arsenal at the end of 2020 where he scored seven goals and provided two assists in 18 appearances for the U23s in the Premier League 2. Since the first half of the season he has been on loan in the third division in Germany , 3.Liga. Viktoria Köln is in the middle of the table and Moller had some highlights in the Middle Rhine Cup (3G / 2A in 3 matches), but ultimately did not see the playing time that Arsenal hoped for. Now that Folarin Balogun is on loan, Moller will either be a main attacking option for the Arsenal U23 side or return on loan to another club in the coming days.

Player/Age: Reiss Nelson, 22

club: Feyenoord

Season preview and outlook: After a great season on loan at TSG Hoffenheim in 2018/19, Nelson saw his spell at Arsenal frustrated by the arrival of Pepe and Willian and the emergence of Bukayo Saka on the right. Now on loan in the Eredivisie, Nelson is getting consistent playing time and Feyenoord are third in the league, although they are yet to produce any goals. Like Maitland-Niles, a successful second half of the season looks more likely to result in a permanent move this summer. It is difficult to return to the Arsenal first team with Saka securing the right-wing spot unless Pepe quits this summer and the club focus their resources on the most pressing issues up and down the middle. ground.

Check back later this week as we complete this mid-season record with Arsenal players on loan. In part three, we’ll cover William Saliba, Lucas Torreira, Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson and a quartet of academy prospects.

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