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Arsenal Loan watch: Balogun produces stunning assist

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Fifteen of our players have been in action for their respective loan clubs over the past week.

Read on to find out how they performed:

Folarin Balogun continued his impressive start to life with Middlesbrough and featured twice for the Championship side over the past week. Our striker was a 70th-minute substitute in the 2-2 draw with QPR, before playing the full match and producing a remarkable assist in an emphatic 4-1 win over Derby. Our England youth international cut the ball back with a breathtaking bit of skill for Duncan Watmore to finish and secure three points that lift Boro to sixth in the Championship after 30 matches.

Lucas Torreira had a very happy birthday last week, as Fiorentina beat Atalanta 3-2 in their Coppa Italia quarter-final. A 93rd-minute goal from Nikola Milenkovic sealed the win in dramatic fashion, after Lucas Martínez Quarta had been sent off for the Italian side in the 79th minute.

Hector Bellerin was an 84th-minute substitute as Real Betis beat Rayo Vallecano 2-1 in their Copa del Rey semi-final first leg. Our defender then played the full 90 minutes of Betis’ 4-2 win over Levante. The three points keep the Spanish side third in La Liga after 24 matches.

William Saliba played the full match as Marseille were beaten 4-2 by Nice in their Copa de France quarter-final. Our defender got back to winning ways at the weekend as his side beat Metz 2-1 courtesy of a late Arkadiusz Milik goal.

Matteo Guendouzi also played consecutive 90 minutes for Marseille. The win against Metz lifts them to second in Ligue 1, 13 points behind the leaders, PSG, after 24 matches.

Pablo Mari played the full match as Udinese lost 4-0 to Hellas Verona. The defeat leaves the Italian side 14th in Serie A after 24 matches.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles was a 78th-minute substitute as Roma drew 2-2 with Sassuolo. Bryan Cristante’s 94th-minute header rescued a point for Jose Mourinho’s side and leaves Roma seventh in Serie A after 25 matches.

Alex Runarsson played 90 minutes twice for Oud-Heverlee Leuven, starting their 2-1 win over Genk and 3-2 victory against Club Brugge.

Dinos Mavropanos played the entirety of Stuttgart’s 4-2 defeat against Bayer Leverkusen. The defeat leaves the German side 17th in the Bundesliga after 22 matches.

Brooke Norton-Cuffy was an 83rd-minute substitute as Lincoln City beat Morecambe 2-1. Our defender then played 90 minutes and was named man of the match in the Imps’ 1-1 draw with Wycombe in League One.

Karl Hein played back-to-back 90 minutes for Reading as they lost 2-1 to Bristol City and 3-2 to Coventry in the Championship.

Ryan Alebiosu played the full match as Crewe Alexandra were beaten 4-1 by Plymouth in League One. Our defender then played 69 minutes of his side’s 4-1 defeat to Accrington Stanley

Jordi Osei-Tutu was a 79th-minute substitute as Rotherham United beat Sheffield Wednesday 2-0.

Matt Smith played consecutive 90 minutes as Doncaster Rovers lost 1-0 against Ipswich Town and 4-0 against Portsmouth.

Nikolaj Moller played 90 minutes as FC Den Bosch were beaten 2-0 by NAC Breda.

Beth Mead’s brilliant free kick against Brighton has been voted as our January Goal of the Month, presented by Sportsbet.io!

With the scores tied at 1-1 in a crucial Women’s Super League clash at Meadow Park, the England international curled a stunning free kick into the far corner to seal the three points.

Mead’s strike finished with more than 44 per cent of the votes cast, with Tobin Heath’s late leveller at Manchester City in second place.

Bukayo Saka’s strike against Manchester City finished in third spot.

Click the ‘Play’ button above to watch our top-three goals from January, presented by Sportsbet.io.

 

The Arsenal Advisory Board held its second meeting of the season on Tuesday night.

Representatives from fan groups were joined by board directors Josh Kroenke and Tim Lewis, chief executive Vinai Venkatesham and other senior club officials for a two-hour discussion.

The board was given a summary of the club’s season to date from men’s and women’s perspective which included an update on the recent transfer window.

The club outlined several planned stadium initiatives and investments and developments on the approach to safe standing.

The board also received an update on the Crouch review into football governance and discussed the crypto-currency market.

Fourteen of our players have been in action for their respective loan clubs over the past week.

Read on to find out how they performed:

Folarin Balogun played 62 minutes at Old Trafford as Middlesbrough knocked Manchester United out of the Emirates FA Cup on penalties. Jadon Sancho gave the home side the lead after 25 minutes, before Matt Crooks equalised for Boro in the second half. Anthony Elanga missed the deciding penalty in a dramatic shoot-out that the Championship side won 8-7.

Matteo Guendouzi had a busy week, twice playing 90 minutes for Marseille. Our midfielder scored the opener in his side’s 2-1 defeat to Lyon, heading home a Dimitri Payet corner at the near post. He then provided an assist as his side beat Angers 5-2, picking out Arkadiusz Milik with a well-timed through ball to spark his side’s comeback after they trailed by two goals. Our midfielder’s assist was his eighth in all competitions for Marseille.

William Saliba also played 90 minutes in both matches last week, with the win against Angers lifting the French side to second in Ligue 1 after 23 matches.

Pablo Mari made his debut for Udinese and helped them keep a clean sheet in a 2-0 win over Torino. The Italian side now sit 14th in the Serie A table after 23 matches.

Hector Bellerin played 90 minutes as Real Betis lost 2-0 to Villarreal. The defeat leaves the Spanish side third in La Liga after 23 matches.

Lucas Torreira played 85 minutes before being sent off for a second bookable offence as Fiorentina were beaten 3-0 by Lazio. They sit eighth in the Serie A table after 23 matches.

Tim Akinola made his debut for Dundee United, playing 45 minutes of their goalless draw with St Johnstone in the Scottish Premiership.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles played 57 minutes in Roma’s 0-0 draw with Genoa. The point leaves the Italian side seventh in Serie A after 24 matches.

Dinos Mavropanos played the full match as Stuttgart were beaten 3-2 by Eintracht Frankfurt. The defeat leaves them 17th in the Bundesliga after 21 matches.

Nikolaj Moller made his debut for FC Den Bosch, playing 64 minutes in their 1-0 defeat to ADO Den Haag.

Matt Smith played successive 90 minutes for Doncaster Rovers as they lost 5-0 to Rotherham and beat Sunderland 2-1.

Ryan Alebiosu played 90 minutes as he made his debut for Crewe Alexandra in their 1-0 defeat to Gillingham.

Alex Runarsson played 90 minutes in OH-Leuven’s 3-1 win over KV Oostende.

Brooke Norton-Cuffy was a 61st-minute substitute as Lincoln City lost 2-1 to MK Dons in League One.

Mohamed Elneny and Egypt were left heartbroken after losing on penalties to Senegal in the final of the Africa Cup of Nations.

Our midfielder played the full match as the Pharaohs went in search of a record-breaking eighth triumph in the tournament, but they could have fallen behind early on after giving a away a penalty, only for Sadio Mane to see his spot kick saved.

Senegal looked the more likely to score, as Egypt broke up play but offered little attacking threat themselves and eventually the game went to extra time.

Seny Dieng twice went close to Senegal, while Marwan Hamdy tested Eduoard Mendy as the Pharaohs looked to nick it late on – but with the 120 minutes ending in stalemate, the final went to a shoot-out.

After a tense climax, Egypt’s Mohanad Lasheen saw his spot-kick saved – offering Mane the chance to win it for Senegal, and the Liverpool forward made no mistake.

Mikel Arteta says our objectives for the run-in to the season are “high, but possible” and believes the hunger of our squad can help them achieve their goals.

We’re firmly in the mix for a top-four place with 17 games remaining of the campaign, and the boss has full faith in his players.

“We have the youngest squad in the league and that is not a coincidence, we planned to do something like that because we had to rebuild something as well that we believe in,” Arteta told Arsenal Media.

“We have a squad full of enthusiasm and passion, but with the right amount of quality and experience as well, which I think is very much needed.

“So we are really looking forward to [the run-in], we know what the aim is at the end of the season, where we want to be: it’s high but it’s possible and we’re going to have a real go in the second half of the season to achieve it.

“I am very confident because I see how much they want it, and we still have a lot of things to improve,” he continued.

“We have lost points that sometimes show the lack of maturity we have in the squad, but at the same time we won a lot of games because of the enthusiasm, the passion and the energy they bring to the team.

“So we have to keep maintaining that balance right and give them confidence. When those players feel supported and [know that] we are right behind them and they play with no fear, that is when they really fulfil their capacities and qualities.

“It is our job to do it, and our fans have been crucial in that  because they have really felt they are right behind them.

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