Arsenal loan review: Aneke shines but Campbell yet to make an impact

Ignasi Miquel, Chuks Aneke, Josh Vickers, Johan Djourou, Francis Coquelin, Joel Campbell and Wellington feature.

Arsenal have despatched seven players out on loan for the current campaign all with varying degrees of expectation and all for different reasons. Here is a review of how they are all getting on.

Ignasi Miquel

The decision to send the 20-year-old defender out on loan was one of the most surprising considering he has featured prominently for the Arsenal first team so far during his career.

He’s on loan with Championship side Leicester City and has so far enjoyed a limited impact in the Championship. He’s so far made just two appearances for the club with a start in the league and the League Cup.

The point of this loan seems to be simply to get him first team football in a very physical and tough league, which will make him a tougher proposition as a centre back when he returns to North London.

Chuks Aneke

Aneke is currently enjoying his second spell with League One side Crewe Alexandra where he spent the majority of last season on loan making 30 appearances and scoring six goals.

He’s a very efficient and productive 20-year-old midfield player and his performances so far this season show he’s looking at another potentially positive campaign; four starts in League One with one appearance and a goal in the League Cup.

The reasons for this loan seem to be fairly similar to the motives with Miquel; he made 21 starts for Crewe in the league last season and has already made four this season, far more opportunity than the Gunners can currently offer.

Arsene Wenger is more than likely monitoring his performances on a weekly basis, looking for consistency as he mulls over the idea of using him in Arsenal’s first team over the next couple of years.

Josh Vickers

Teenage goalkeeper Vickers is playing his football in the Isthmian Premier League with Canvey Island.

He’s made four starts for the club so far this season with the simple motive behind this loan, again to get him some first team experience and to harden him up physically and mentally.

Johan Djourou

It was another very surprising decision to see Djourou leave the club on loan this summer considering the depth he offers to the defensive section of Arsenal’s squad.

He’s made just one appearance for loan side Hamburg so far this season but it was a very solid and efficient display with a passing success rate of just under 90%, three key clearances, two key aerial duels won and a key blocked shot.

If he can maintain those sort of numbers ahead of further appearances for the German club, he stands a great chance back at Arsenal and possibly of earning himself a longer contract beyond 2014.

Francis Coquelin

There was a big debate at the start of the summer over whether the Frenchman would be loaned out or retained to provide cover for Arsenal’s midfield. He eventually went on loan to Hoffenheim and has hit the ground running in Germany with two starts in the Bundesliga.

It will be fascinating to watch him over the course of a long season because he’s a holding and defensive midfield player, with the potential to nail down a position currently not covered in the Arsenal first team.

The point with this loan in Wenger’s mind seems to be all about consistency and subjecting the 22-year-old to sustained pressure over a prolonged period in one of Europe’s most competitive leagues.

Joel Campbell

Joel Campbell created quite a fuss during his time on loan with Real Betis last season, showing flashes of potential and talent but plagued by a poor goalscoring record which saw him net just twice, with three assists in 32 appearances for the Spanish club.

He’s currently on loan with Greek giants Olympiacos where the only aim he seems to have is to hit the back of the net more regularly. However, the Costa Rican winger is yet to grab his first goal for the club despite three appearances.

It’s likely he’ll be left in loan-limbo until he proves to Arsene Wenger that he can be more effective in terms of goals and assists.


Brazilian youth international Wellington is currently an attacking force for Spanish second division side Real Murcia. He’s made just two sub appearances so far this season picking up one yellow card and without hitting the back of the net.

It’s difficult to judge the impact he’s already had on loan because he hasn’t really been given too much of a chance yet in Spain but it seems to be another case of games and goals to increase experience and confidence.

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