Happy St. Totteringham’s Day

The season is over. Arsenal will not play again until three months time. Until then, we have a World Cup to help fill the void. However, the World Cup only lasts a month, so transfer speculation will eventually take hold and consequently bore you to tears.

Most Arsenal die hards will be trying to work out which players will be leaving and which players will be joining. The former is easier to work out than the latter. So let’s start with current players returning from a loan spell.

Philippe Senderos
Out of contract at the end of June. Failed to break into the Everton team during his recent loan spell there. Wenger has stated that he will not be offering Senderos a new contract. OUT

Wojciech Szczesny
Just turned 20. His loan spell at Division One side Brentford was deemed a success. Voted Brentford’s Player of the Year. Touted by many to be Arsenal’s future Number One. However, I think Wenger will loan him out to a Championship club next season and see how he progresses and develops. Still too young and inexperienced to be Arsenal’s Number One. IN but on Loan.

Jack Wilshere
Bolton manager Owen Coyle thinks that Wilshere should be in England’s World Cup squad. He wants Wilshere back at Bolton for next season. Wilshere, however, wants to return to Arsenal and be guaranteed more playing time. There’s no doubt that Wilshere has improved and impressed everyone during his four months at Bolton. With Ramsey out injured until November, Wilshere could be recalled by Wenger and given the opportunity to stake his place in the Arsenal first team. IN

Kerrea Gilbert
He’s made 10 first team appearances for relegated Championship team Peterborough United since his loan move there in January. His contract at Arsenal ends in June. It will not be renewed. Expect him to be playing for Leeds, Millwall, or Charlton next season. OUT

Gavin Hoyte
Plays right back or center-back. Six feet tall and will be 20 in June. Was made Reserve team captain until he was loaned out to Brighton and Hove Albion in October, 2009, where he has made 21 appearances. Also made 10 appearances for Watford in the Championship and played three 90 minute games in the Carling Cup this season for Arsenal. Came on as sub for Aaron Ramsey in the 3-0 Premiership defeat to Manchester City back in November 2008. Represented England at U-16, U-17, U-18, U-19 and U-20 levels and played in the 2007 U-17 World cup. Recently signed a long term contract with Arsenal. IN but on loan.

Luke Ayling
Aged 18. Signed his first professional contract last July. Spent the past month on loan at Division One side Yeovil Town where he has made four appearances and one start. IN but on loan.

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas
Central midfielder, aged 19. Height: six feet two and built like a tank. Enjoyed successful loan spells at Championship sides Blackpool and Doncaster Rovers making 25 appearances and scoring six goals. Helped both teams in their play-off bids. Started for Arsenal against Stoke in the FA Cup 4th round. Is seen as the next big thing. IN but on loan but to another Premiership team.

Sanchez Watt
Striker aged 19. Spent 2010 on loan at Southend United and Leeds United. Played mostly as a winger by both Division One clubs. Earned rave reviews by Leeds fans. IN but on loan.

Gilles Sunu
Striker aged 19. Made his Champions League debut against Olympiacos back in November. Recently returned from a loan spell with Derby County where he made 9 appearances and scored one goal. Joined Arsenal at 15 and was seen as one Europe’s hottest prospects. Seems to have failed to live up to the hype. IN but out on loan.

Jay Simpson
Striker aged 21. Has been out on loan to QPR where he’s made 39 appearances and scored 12 goals. Many Arsenal fans were raving about him after he scored two goals against Wigan Athletic in the Carling Cup 4th Round. He enjoyed a successful loan spell at Millwall during the 2007-2008 season where he was voted their Player of the Season. However, his loan spell at Premiership struggler’s West Brom in 2009 didn’t go so well. He rarely started games and only scored two goals. OUT I expect him to be sold to a Championship team this summer.

Mark Randall
Central Midfielder, aged 20. Played 10 games for Burnley last season and helped them gain promotion to the Premiership. Has made substitute appearances for Arsenal in the Champions League and started three Carling Cup games. Randall has just finished a loan spell at Division One side MK Dons where he scored one goal and made 17 appearances. OUT He will be sold to a Championship team or a high flying Division One outfit.

Henri Lansbury
Central Midfielder, aged 19. Lansbury has just completed a season in the Championship with Watford. Described by ex-Arsenal striker, Alan Smith as having “huge potential.” Arsenal pinched him from Norwich City back in 1999. He enjoyed a successful loan for a month at Championship side Scunthorpe last season and was rewarded with a new long-term contract last Christmas. Wenger said of him: “Lansbury will be a big player for Arsenal.” He came on as a substitute in yesterday’s 4-0 win against Fulham. IN

Rhys Murphy
Striker, aged 19. Recently signed a new long-term contract in January. Suffered a bad ankle injury while on loan at Brentford. Expected to be loaned out again once he recovers from injury. IN but out on loan.

Havard Nordtveit
Central Defender, aged 19. Height: 6 feet 2. Spent the past season on loan in the Budesliga with Nurnberg where he made 19 appearances primarily as a defensive midfielder. Signed for Arsenal in the summer of 2007 and was seen as the brightest defensive talent in the whole of Europe. However, his loan spell at Spanish club Salamanca was a failure, so Arsenal loaned him out to Lillestrom of the Norwegian Premier League. He played 17 times mainly as a right-back before joining Nurnburg. Expected to return to Arsenal and fight for a first team place. IN

Kyle Bartley
Central Defender, aged 18. Height: 6 feet 3. Arsenal took him from Bolton back in 2007. Captained Arsenal’s reserves and has spent the last three months on loan at Sheffield United, where he was mainly used as defensive cover. United wanted to sign Bartley on a permanent basis and Bartley was tempted to sign. However, he returned to Arsenal last week and is expected to go out on loan again next season. IN but out on loan.

Pedro Botelho
Left-back aged 20. This man is meant to be the real deal and will probably be challenging Clichy for the left back spot. Armand Traore can start looking for another club once this young Brazilian returns from his loan spell with Celta Vigo, where he has played 27 times and scored 1 goal. This came after a successful loan spell at Salamanca where Pedro made 37 appearances. IN

Nacer Barazite
Striker aged 19. Enjoyed a successful loan spell at Derby County during the 2008-09 season. However, this past season he has played only reserve team football. His days at Arsenal are numbered. OUT

Keep It Arsenal

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