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Arsenal loan watch: Okonkwo, Tavares, Balogun and more

How Arsenal’s loan stars are getting on this season


A total of 10 Arsenal loanees were in action across seven divisions over the weekend, with some turning in impressive performances.

101 takes a look at how all 10 got on.

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Pablo Mari (Monza)

Pablo Mari had a debut to forget for Italian outfit Monza, picking up a yellow card as his new side fell to a 2-1 defeat to Turin at home.

Nuno Tavares (Marseille)

Nuno Tavares had a mixed game for French outfit Marseille. He notched his second goal in as many games for the club, but managed just 2 successful dribbles out of 6, and won just 2 of his 13 aerial duels as they were held to a 1-1 draw.

Folarin Balogun (Stade de Reims)

Folarin Balogun was involved in the thick of the action as his Stade des Reims side fell to a 4-2 defeat against Clermont Foot, leaving them without a win in the top-flight so far this campaign.

Balogun won the penalty that opened the scoring, being dragged down inside the box. Then, after a second penalty was awarded for handball, he stepped up and tucked the ball home from 12 yards. He was taken off on the hour mark

Arthur Okonkwo (Crewe Alexandre)

Okonkwo started for Crewe but had a poor outing as they fell to a 3-0 defeat to Salford City. The 20-year-old will feel that he could have done better for at least two of the strikes, though he did make a good low stop in the first half.

Auston Trusty (Birmingham City)

Trusty played 90 minutes for Birmingham City but could not prevent them from falling to a 1-0 defeat, picking up a yellow card for his troubles.

Mazeed Ogungbo (Crawley Town)

Ogungbo started at centre-back for Crawley Town away to Harrogate Town, and had a strong outing on the left side of a back three, helping to keep a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw with the Yorkshire side.

Charlie Patino (Blackpool)

Patino was brought on for the last 11 minutes of action for Blackpool, and found himself chasing back alone in a swift counter-attack that ultimately settled the game in the favour of Swansea [See from 2.35].

Tyreece John-Jules (Ipswich Town)

John-Jules was also a late substitute, brought on with 20 minutes to go in the game and Ipswich already 3-0 up. He managed just 9 touches of the ball and didn’t register a shot.

Ryan Alebiosu (Kilmarnock)

Alebiosu played 90 minutes for Kilmarnock but had a day to forget as they were hammered 5-0 by Celtic.

Unused substitutes/not in squad

Alex Kirk (Ayr United)

Kirk was an unused substitute by Ayr United as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Hamilton Academical in the Scottish Championship.

Omar Rekik (Sparta Rotterdam)

Omar Rekik was an unused substitute as Sparta Rotterdam fell to defeat against AZ Alkmaar, courtesy of a 3-2 scoreline.

Mika Biereth (RKC Waalwijk)

Biereth was not with the matchday squad for RKC Waalwijk, who were held to a 1-1 draw by FC Emmen.

Ovie Ejeheri (Chelmsford Town)

Ejeheri got a day off as his side’s trip to Chippenham Town was abandoned before a ball was kicked.

Injured

Harry Clarke (Stoke City)

Clarke has picked up a shin injury that will rule him out of action for a number of weeks


Ben Browning

Ben Browning

Football writer and analyst. Long-time writer of all things Arsenal and avid watcher of European football. Happy to discuss all things football over on Twitter.



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