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Arsenal loan watch week 7: Patino, Norton-Cuffy, Pepe, Tavares and more

How Arsenal’s loan stars are getting on this season

A total of 14 Arsenal loanees were in action across 9 divisions over the weekend.

Patino marked his return with a goal, while Tavares, Trusty and Okonkwo continued to impress for their respective sides.

Here is how all 14 got on.

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Folarin Balogun (Stade de Reims)

Balogun continued his run of starts for Reims, but ploughed a lonely furrow as his 10-man side fell to a 3-0 defeat at the hands of high-flying Monaco.

The Englishman saw a lob float just over the crossbar in the opening moments, before a late flurry of goals saw a close 1-0 game turn into a heavy 3-0 one, leaving Reims in the Ligue 1 relegation zone.

Charlie Patino (Blackpool)

Patino returned from injury in midweek for Blackpool, playing the final 24 minutes as they fell to a 3-0 loss at the hands of Rotherham.

The young midfielder then opened his account for his loan club in the first half of their weekend clash, but his strike could not prevent the Tangerines from slipping to a 2-1 defeat to Millwall, which leaves Blackpool sat precariously in 19th place in the Championship.

Despite the defeat however, Patino’s temporary boss Michael Appleton was full of praise for the youngster.

“I thought the goal chalked off a good display from Charlie,” Appleton told the Blackpool website.

“I thought he brought a lot of composure to his game and did well in the middle of the park. He allowed us to play with a little bit more freedom at times, whether that’s him dropping at the base or playing higher up the pitch.

“He did tire towards the end, but you’d expect that with the amount of time he’s had out.”

Tyreece John-Jules (Ipswich Town)

John-Jules played 70 minutes for Ipswich Town but could not get himself on the scoreboard as they took on fellow high-flyers Sheffield Wednesday in League 1. The youngster managed just 28 touches for the Tractor Boys before being taken off with his side 2-0 up.

Brooke Norton-Cuffy (Rotherham United)

Norton-Cuffy was on the winning side as his Rotherham side beat Blackpool 3-0 in midweek, before the 18 year-old played another 81 minutes for the Millers as they drew 0-0 with Middlesbrough.

However, Millers boss Paul Warne admitted that the youngster may be forced to miss international duty due to a tight hamstring.

“There is a problem with Brooke”

“He came off in midweek (a 3-0 win over Blackpool) when his hamstring tightened up and the same thing happened tonight.”

It is not expected to keep him out beyond the international break.

Nuno Tavares (Marseille)

Tavares continued his strong start to life in France as he played 180 minutes at left wing-back across the week. Though he did not end up on the winning side in either game, he was a threat in both, registering six shots in his side’s 1-1 draw with Stade Rennais.

He also picked up the player of the month award for August for his impressive performances last month, with three goals in five games for the Ligue 1 side.

Nicolas Pepe (OGC Nice)

The Ivorian struggled to make an impression either in the Conference League draw with Partizan Belgrade or the defeat to Angers, though was not helped in the latter by his teammates sending off after just 9 seconds had been played.

Pablo Mari (Monza)

Mari began life under a new Monza manager in fine fashion, playing 90 minutes in the heart of defence as his side defeated Italian giants Juventus 1-0 for their first win in Serie A history.

The Spaniard managed 4 clearances, one block and won three of his six duels on a memorable occasion.

Arthur Okonkwo (Crewe Alexandra)

Arthur Okonkwo came out on the winning side once more as Crewe edged out Crawley Town 1-0. The goalkeeper kept a fourth clean sheet of the season in the process, making 2 saves to ensure that it stayed that way.

Auston Trusty (Birmingham City)

Trusty continues to excel on the left side of defence for the midlands outfit, winning all ten of his duels in midweek as they beat West Bromwich Albion 3-2 in midweek. He then went on to prove equally stubborn as they shared a 0-0 stalemate with Coventry City, a result that leaves the Blues in 17th, 2 points above the relegation zone.

Marcelo Flores (Real Oviedo)

In another Arsenal vs Arsenal loanee clash, Marcelo Flores played the final half an hour as his side fell to a 1-0 defeat to Ibiza in the second tier of Spanish football. Miguel Azeez (Ibiza) played 80 minutes at the heart of the visitor’s midfield as a penalty decided an otherwise scrappy affair.

Ryan Alebiosu (Kilmarnock)

Despite ending up on the losing side, Alebiosu put in a strong shift defensively, winning 9 of his 15 duels and all three of his tackles. However, it could not change the result, with Killie now sitting in the relegation zone.

Runar Alex Runarsson (Alanyaspor)

Despite making five saves, Runarsson could not help his side avoid a hammering at the hands of Fenerbahce as he conceded 5 against the Turkish giants.

Mika Biereth (RKC Waalwijk)

Biereth made his long awaited return from injury as he managed the final 17 minutes of their 5-1 thrashing of Cambuur.

Unused/not in squad

Tim Akinola (Chesterfield)

Akinola was left on the substitutes bench as Chesterfield were held to a 2-2 draw with Yeovil Town.

Mazeed Ogungbo (Crawley Town)

Ogungbo was an unused substitute as Crawley fell to a 1-0 defeat to Crewe Alexandra.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Southampton)

The 24 year old has managed just 17 minutes of Premier League action for the Saints so far this season after joining on deadline day, and Ralph Hassenhutl has suggested that this is because the Englishman does not yet understand the way that his side want to play.

‘We have with Ainsley a lot of work to do also because he has to adapt to our game and this is something that takes time a little bit”, Hassenhutl began.

“We see also during the week what we ask him to do and especially in the midfield position it takes a little bit to understand how we want to do it”.

“It doesn’t make sense to throw someone in who isn’t ready for what we want to do. When he is ready and on the level we think he has to be then he will help us for sure”, he added.

“I think he’s a very good player on the ball but he has to learn that our game starts when the ball is not with us. You can see this is something he still has to learn. We are investing our time to make him better.”

Nikolaj Moller (FC Den Bosch)

Moller was left out of the Den Bosch squad for their 4-1 win over Top Oss.

Omar Rekik (Sparta Rotterdam)

Rekik was an unused substitute as Sparta Rotterdam edged out FC Groningen 2-1 courtesy of a 90th-minute penalty.

Ovie Ejeheri (Chelmsford City)

Ejeheri was an unused substitute for Chelmsford’s 6-1 FA Cup win over Kings Langley.

Alex Kirk (Ayr United)

Kirk was an unused substitute as Ayr fell to a 3-2 defeat against Raith Rovers in the Scottish Championship.

Salah-Eddine Oulad M’Hand (Hull City)

Salah is still waiting to make his Tigers debut.


Harry Clarke (Stoke City)

Clarke remains sidelined with a shin injury.

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