A round-up of how Arsenal’s loan stars got on for their current clubs at the weekend.
Arsenal’s first-team earned an outstanding 2-0 victory against Manchester City on Sunday courtesy of goals from Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud. But while those currently at the Emirates Stadium were doing the business, there were plenty of players elsewhere hoping to get manager Arsene Wenger’s attention.
Here we take a look at how some of Arsenal’s loan stars got on at the weekend:
Lukas Podolski – Inter Milan
Lukas Podolski started Inter Milan’s Serie A match against Empoli at the weekend, playing on the left of a three occupying the space behind front-man Mauro Icardi.
The German international could not break the deadlock and he was substituted in the 74th minute by fellow January arrival Xherdan Shaqiri.
Yaya Sanogo – Crystal Palace
French striker Yaya Sanogo made his debut for Crystal Palace in their 3-2 victory against Burnley on Saturday.
While the player who has only ever scored once for Arsenal failed to get on the score-sheet he appeared very happy in his surroundings and should go on to have a very effective spell at Selhurst Park.
Wellington Silva – Almeria
Wellington Silva started Almeria’s latest match – away to Valencia – on Saturday, playing in a similar position to that occupied by Podolski for Inter.
The Brazilian set up an equalising goal for the visitors in the 13th minute but he could not ultimately prevent them from losing 3-2, replaced with 19 minutes of normal-time to play.
Matt Macey – Accrington Stanley
Young goalkeeper Matt Macey made his debut for Accrington Stanley on Saturday, but things did not go according to plan with the 20-year-old conceding three times against Tranmere Rovers.
The hosts took the lead just 12 minutes in and doubled their advantage midway through the first half. They then put the game to bed shortly before the hour-mark.
Jon Toral – Brentford
Jon Toral started Brentford’s match against Brighton on the bench, coming on in the 74th minute.
By then the visitors had taken the lead, courtesy of Andre Gray, and that was how the score-line remained.
Carl Jenkinson – West Ham United
Arsenal right-back Carl Jenkinson continues to impress at West Ham, who enjoyed a 3-0 victory at home to Hull City on Sunday.
All three goals came in the second half and Jenkinson played his part in keeping a clean-sheet at the opposite end of the pitch.