Arsenal loan latest as youngster enjoys dream debut, game postponed and Marquinhos talks revealed| SolSportHQ
Arsenal news includes a closer look at how loan players such as Billy Vigar and Hubert Graczyk fared at their respective clubs over the weekend
Arsenal may have to wait until Saturday afternoon to kick off their 2023/24 Premier League campaign, but for a number of the club’s loan army, the season is already underway.
It has been a busy summer transfer window for the Gunners thus far, but outside of new signings such as Declan Rice and Kai Havertz as well as letting Granit Xhaka and Auston Trusty leave, several academy starlets have been allowed to depart – albeit temporarily – to gain valuable first-team experience this season.
As things stand, Arsenal have as many as five players out on loan and with the transfer window open for another few weeks, that number is expected to increase as manager Mikel Arteta and sporting director Edu Gaspar make some key decisions with Marquinhos in talks over a move to Olympiacos.
Unfortunately, despite it being the beginning of August, Mauro Bandeira was denied making his senior debut after Colchester United’s League Two season opener against Swindon Town because of a waterlogged pitch as referee Anthony Backhouse deemed the surface at the JobServe Community Stadium unplayable following a pitch inspection at 14:30 BST.
Mika Biereth’s move to Motherwell was officially confirmed on Thursday, although he didn’t make the matchday squad for their Scottish Premiership opener which ended in a 1-1 draw away at newly-promoted Dundee on Saturday but perhaps a debut is just around the corner with Hibernian the visitors to Fir Park on matchday two.
Furthermore, with Rapid Bucharest not in action until this evening (Monday August 7) against Voluntari, talented midfielder Catalin Cirjan is in contention to add to his three appearances thus far.
As a result, only two Arsenal loanees were actually in action over the weekend to differing outcomes as Hubert Graczyk suffered defeat on his Slough Town debut as their National League South campaign began with a 2-1 loss away at Maidstone United with the goalkeeper being beaten by a Sol Wanjau-Smith and a Reiss Greenidge.
On the other hand, in the same division, Billy Vigar enjoyed a dream debut by scoring Eastbourne Borough’s 1-0 win over Hampton and Richmond, earning praise from manager Mark Beard in the process.
“I’ve known Billy for years,” he said, as per the Argus. “He’s a Sussex boy and Arsenal is a massive club so he has been brought up well. He is such a good kid as well. He scored in the last two games of pre-season so he has come into this game with a load of confidence. I thought the cross was outstanding in the first place from Shiloh Remy. But his movement to lose the defender and then the header were class.”
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