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Arsenal youth previously hailed as 'new Fabregas' heads out on loan

Jon Toral is set for his first taste of first team football having agreed a season-long loan to Brentford.

Bournemouth have confirmed the loan signing of promising Spanish midfielder Jon Toral from Arsenal

The Bees drew their first game in the Championship, a London derby with Charlton Athletic, and will now hope that Toral will be able to tap into his undoubted potential while at Griffin Park, before returning to the Emirates next summer.

Upon joining Arsenal in 2011 Toral was inevitably heralded as the 'next Cesc Fabregas', in part because he switched from Barcelona to North London at the age of 16 but also because he operates in a similar attacking midfield role.

Toral's path to the first team hasn't been anywhere near as smooth as the man he was compared to, with Fabregas's prodigious talent difficult for Arsene Wenger to ignore when he arrived as a 16-year-old.

Fran Merida also made the move from Catalonia a few years after Fabregas, but was always more of a winger than his compatriot. Toral can also play on the wing but is much more at home in the centre of midfield.

Bees manager Mark Warburton said of the 19-year-old: "Jon has come through a couple of nasty injuries. It is great to see him fully fit and he can now start to show his undoubted potential."

Toral could make his debut in Saturday's visit to Championship pacesetters Bournemouth.

Brentford also have one of Tottenham's brightest youngsters on loan in Alex Pritchard, and it will be interesting to see which of the two North London starlets catch the eye more.

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