Arsenal loaned out 28 players over the course of the 2022/23 season.
This group of Arsenal loanees was made up of a mixture of young prospects and first team players who have fallen out of Mikel Arteta’s plans.
The likes of Folarin Balogun and Nuno Tavares enjoyed fine campaigns in Ligue 1. Meanwhile, Nicolas Pepe, struggled to get his career back on track whilst also on loan in the French top flight.
Youthful prospects such as Brooke Nortin-Cuffy, Charlie Patino, and Marquinhos, amongst others, also gained valuable experience and development over the course of their temporary stints away from the Emirates Stadium.
The loan system provides Arsenal with a fantastic opportunity to develop their most exciting young talents. This summer would be too early for 16-year-old pair Ethan Nwaneri and Myles Lewis-Skelly to be sent out, but there are several promising youngsters that the club should be striving to find loan moves for this summer.
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The 18-year-old defender was originally part of the Tottenham Hotspur academy, before switching to Arsenal’s youth set-up at under-16 level. He has gone from strength to strength since and regularly trains with Arteta’s first team group. Versatile, 6’0”, and technically excellent, Walters is ready to test himself in senior football.
Another defender, Sousa joined from West Brom in 2021. He has since flourished for the Gunners’ under-23s side. The England under-18 international has all the attributes needed to thrive as a modern, attack-minded left-back. His pace and directness would make him a threat in senior football – something he should now be allowed to go out and prove.
Cozier-Duberry signed his first professional contract with Arsenal in 2022. Since then he has trained with the first team at times, and spoken about that experience, saying, “it’s allowed me to grow as a player because I am constantly put out of my comfort zone,” as quoted by the club’s official website.
If the 18-year-old forward can now go away and impress on loan he would be able to take a step closer towards being a part of Arteta’s plans.