Arsenal have seven players out on loan this season, and it’s fair to say that they’ve had differing experiences whilst away from the Emirates.
Let’s look at how the Gunners stars have been doing since leaving the club:
Reiss Nelson (Hoffenheim)
It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster ride for the 19-year-old. He started off his time in Germany like a house on fire, scoring six goals and providing one assist in his first seven Bundesliga appearances.
However, things have gone downhill since then. Nelson has not scored since the 2-1 win over Augsburg in November and was left out of the squad against Nuremberg earlier this month by manager Julian Nagelsmann for disciplinary reasons.
Nelson did, though, return for the 1-1 draw against Stuttgart at the weekend, coming on as a late substitute.
Calum Chambers (Fulham)
The defender has been one of the few highlights in what has been a serious disappointing campaign for the Cottagers. Despite ostensibly being a centre-back, he has been utilised with some success as a holding midfielder.
He’s played 26 games this season (16 in midfield) and has scored two goals.
Emi Martinez (Reading)
Tipped to return as Bernd Leno’s number 2 next season, the Argentine has played regularly in the Championship since moving on loan in January.
The 26-year-old has kept three clean sheets and conceded just 13 in 10 appearances for the Royals, helping them in their battle against relegation.
David Ospina (Napoli)
The Colombian had a health scare after collapsing on the pitch following a collision with Udinese’s Ignacio Pussetto at the weekend. He’s now out of hospital following a series of examinations regarding concussion.
Napoli have the option to sign the keeper permanently in the summer, and all indications suggest he will leave the Emirates at the end of the season.
Matt Macey (Plymouth)
The 24-year-old has been a regular for Argyle this campaign, but the Pilgrims have struggled defensively, and the shot-stopper has conceded 52 times in 30 appearances, keeping just five clean sheets.
Macey lost his place to Kyle Letheren in December and has played just twice since the 2-1 defeat to AFC Wimbledon on Boxing Day.
Krystian Bielik (Charlton)
The Pole has been played either as a holding midfielder or centre-back by Addicks boss Lee Bowyer, having made 27 appearances in League One this season.
Takuma Asano (Hannover 96)
The Japanese forward’s time at the German club has been plagued by injury. He has made just 11 starts and three substitute appearances, scoring just once in the German Cup against Karlsruhe in the first round.
Hannover reportedly have the option to buy the 24-year-old for €3m so he may leave the Gunners this summer.