Mikel Arteta has taken a pragmatic approach to his squad this season, shipping as many as seven players on loan across Europe, but how are they all doing?
Arsenal Coach Mikel Arteta widened his net when he chose to let some of his fringe members go on loan.
The Gunners have players in Germany, France and Spain, as well as the premier league, gaining valuable first-team experience as the current generation strive to qualify for a place in Europe next season.
Arteta sent five players on short-term deals in January alone, some unhappy with the partial roles they had been reduced to.
So how do these Seven Hopes fare in their respective spells?
So, from William Saliba to Matteo Guendouzi, here’s an update on Arsenal’s loan departures.
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Torreira slipped through the pecking order under Arteta last season, prompting the Spaniard to loan the 25-year-old to Atletico Madrid for the season.
Sadly, the Uruguayan has only started three La Liga games all season and has spent most of his time on the bench.
Torreira has shown in the past that he has the ability to do this at Arsenal, it’s just if he can find the form and the opportunities to impress.
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Saliba has only missed two games since joining Nice on loan in the January transfer window.
Having been excluded from Arteta’s plans, the Frenchman has been allowed to return to Ligue 1 for the remainder of the season.
And he hopes his form for Nice persuades Arteta to give him another chance next season.
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Exiled as a result of his outburst at Brighton last season, Guendouzi left Hertha Berlin for the year.
The midfielder has had an indifferent season in Germany, although he managed to get plenty of playing time under his belt.
The France U21 international has revealed he wants to return to the Emirates, but his future remains a bit uncertain.
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With an eye on a berth at this summer’s Euro, Maitland-Niles opted to push for a loan in January, not content to mainly warm up the bench.
The 23-year-old has made his wish for first-team football come true, not missing a minute with West Brom as they battle for relegation to the championship.
Maitland-Niles has even been used in an attacking midfielder role, showing how valuable his versatility is.
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Another who could have been forgiven for enjoying the heat off Arsenal’s bench, Willock joined Newcastle loaned this winter.
The 21-year-old has plenty of playing time under his belt and has even scored against Southampton back in February.
Willock has a bright future at Arsenal, that’s for sure.
Greek defender Mavropanos has spent the past 12 months on loan in Germany.
Currently with Bundesliga team Stuttgart, he has settled down well after recovering from a meniscus tear.
Mavropanos was with second division FC Nuremberg before that, and it is not known if he is included in Arteta’s plans for the future.
Kolasinac could have played his last game for Arsenal, having become an important player for Schalke in just a few months.
The left-back is already captain of the Bundesliga relegation fighters, and there is talk of making him permanent, even if they fall.
The 27-year-old struggled to find playing time earlier this season with Kieran Tierney preferred in his role.