Arthur next? Arsenal’s 12 previous loan signings and how they fared

Arthur Melo is rumored to be on his way to the Emirates to join Arsenal on loan for the remainder of the 2021-22 season.

The Brazilian midfielder has found himself short of playing time at Juventus and is seen as a quality solution to Arsenal’s short numbers in midfield.

The 25-year-old, who previously played for Barcelona, ​​would be the thirteenth player to join the Gunners on loan since the turn of the century, and results have been mixed in this time.

We’ve revisited Arsenal’s previous 12 players since 2000.

Junichi Inamoto

Inamoto arrived in north London for the 2001-02 season on loan from Gamba Osaka in a £4million permanent move.

The then 21-year-old midfielder failed to feature in the Premier League as Arsenal won the double, making just three appearances in all competitions.

He returned to England on a two-year loan to Fulham, where he featured more prominently, and also enjoyed spells at West Brom and Cardiff City.

Having also spent time in Turkey, Germany and France, he is still leaving at 42 for Japanese side SC Sagamihara, but his contract expires in February 2022.

Julio Baptista

Signed as part of the deal which saw Jose Antonio Reyes go in the opposite direction, Baptista failed to live up to his reputation with Arsenal, although he will always be remembered for that four-goal run in a League Cup victory at Anfield.

The former Brazil international retired in 2019 after a short stint in Romania with Cluj, where he became one of the highest paid footballers per minute played, earning €4,186 per minute in the 43 minutes he played. he played over four months.

READ: Julio Baptista’s curious career: Sevilla star to Real and Arsenal pariah

Yossi Benayoun

One of the Premier League’s most graceful players to watch, Benayoun’s best days may have come at West Ham and Liverpool, but while Chelsea were happy to cut ties with the playmaker after just one season at Stamford Bridge, their loss was Arsenal’s gain.

He played just 19 times in the Premier League for the Gunners but was often the man for the big occasion, impressing notably against Tottenham and Manchester City while scoring in the last two games of the season to secure a place in the top four.

Benayoun finally called it a day at the end of 2018-19, taking to the pitch at Beitar Jerusalem with one of his children wearing an Arsenal shirt.

READ: Yossi Benayoun: The featherweight footballer who hit the mark

Thierry Henry

The King’s return brought with it one of the Emirates’ greatest moments as Henry came off the bench to score a late winner against Leeds United in the FA Cup.

He should have left and ended his career then, really.

Emiliano Viviano

Signing an Italy international as a third-choice backup and not even needing him to make a single appearance is a decent deal to be fair.

Kim Kalstrom

Signing a 01/02 Championship Manager legend in 2014 despite finding a back injury in his medical is interesting business, shall we say?

Still, he scored his penalty in the FA Cup semi-final win over Wigan and described it as ‘the best 15 minutes of my life’, which is good.

Denis Suarez

“After 15 days at Arsenal I wasn’t right. From the 16th I wasn’t even 50 per cent,” Suarez told the Guardian in an attempt to explain how injury stopped him from showing anything close to his best at the Emirates.

The midfielder arrived on loan from Barcelona for the second half of the 2018-19 season but only played 67 minutes in the Premier League before moving to Celta Vigo.

Unai Emery thought he hit the jackpot by landing his former student, but nobody won anything here.

Dani Ceballos

The Spanish midfielder joined the club on loan in August 2019 and wowed everyone on his full debut with a man of the match performance against Burnley.

He would go on to have a fairly decent season, scoring a last-minute FA Cup quarter-final winner en route to lifting the trophy, and Mikel Arteta opted to keep him on a second loan.

His second campaign, however, was a disaster, with a series of costly mistakes in Arsenal’s Europa League run infuriating fans, before his red card in the semi-final first leg against Villarreal effectively put an end to the game. end to their chances.

Arsenal opted against making a permanent transfer for Ceballos, and he returned to Real Madrid.

Cedric Soares

One of the few to become permanent, everything about this loan deal seemed weird.

Arsenal weren’t short of depth at the back in January 2020, so there was plenty of surprise when they paid Southampton to loan Cedric out.

Cedric was out of favor at St Mary’s and was actually injured when he arrived at the club. He was still injured when he was offered a four-year contract and made his debut more than six months after his initial arrival.

The Portugal international has been less than impressive since, with many wondering why he was offered a permanent deal when he didn’t make a single appearance while on loan.

Pablo Mari

Arsenal needed defensive quality in January 2020, and there was some excitement when Copa Libertadores-winning centre-back Pablo Mari arrived on loan from Flamengo.

However, Mari only played one and a half league games before suffering an ankle injury against Manchester City which saw him miss the rest of the season. Arsenal have always opted to buy him outright for around £7m, and after a few unconvincing performances he looks set to be out.

Another loan became permanent, which just didn’t work out.

Martin Odegaard

Arguably the biggest hit on this list, Odegaard arrived on loan with a lot of hype.

The former wonderkid didn’t get the chance of Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid and came to north London in search of first-team football.

Despite not being fully fit for most of his loan spell, Odegaard scored in a North London Derby and ran the show against West Ham in a 3-3 draw.

His performances were so promising that Arsenal then spent £35million to make the move permanent, and are now reaping the rewards, with the Norway captain thriving in the No.10 role at the Emirates.

Matt Ryan

The Aussie goalkeeper arrived out of nowhere on loan in January 2021 to cover Bernd Leno and has only played one league game, a 1-0 loss to Aston Villa.

Ryan gave a decent account of himself during his time at his boyhood club, before returning to La Liga with Real Sociedad. A nice boy who wanted to do well.


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