Arsenal revealed on their official website today that young Harry Clarke has been recalled from his loan spell at Scottish Premiership side Ross County.
The 20-year-old played 17 games in the league for the Staggies and he really impressed. Clarke finishes his spell at Dingwall with three goals and two assists to his name, which is not bad at all for a defender.
Arsenal and Ross County initially agreed to a season-long loan deal and it is a surprise to see it cut short halfway through the season. It will be interesting to see what happens with him next.
Ross County manager reacts to Arsenal recalling Harry Clarke
Staggies boss Malky Mackay has had his say on Arsenal’s decision to recall the young defender.
He said, as per Ross County’s official website: “Although we are disappointed to be losing Harry, I would like to thank him for his contribution in the last six months and I think he has become an even more rounded player in that time.
“I hope he feels his time spent here in Dingwall has been enjoyable and we would like to wish him well in his career going forward.”
What next for Clarke?
According to The Scottish Sun, the reason behind Arsenal’s decision to cut short Clarke’s loan deal at Ross County was because another offer landed on Per Mertesacker’s table.
Fellow Scottish side Hibernian, who are 11 points and five places ahead of Ross County, have reportedly been impressed by how well Clarke has played in the SPFL since the start of the season.
Hibs have now brokered a deal with Arsenal and the report even says that an agreement has been reached. Clarke, labelled as a player with a ‘tremendous attitude‘ by Mackay, is now set to move to Easter Road for the second half of the season.
It will be interesting to see how Clarke gets on. He is an incredible talent who has a bright future ahead of him, and a move to a top-five Scottish side where he’ll play regularly will do him a world of good. He will surely return to Arsenal a better player in the summer.