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Arsenal Loan Watch: How have five Gunners performed this season?

Arsenal have become more consistent under Unai Emery this season.

The Spanish tactician has instilled a new set of rules and tactics in the club's stars, all of which have had a profound effect on the Gunners judging by their recent performances.

Arsenal's loan army consists primarily of players who have been on the fringes over the past couple of seasons, some of which are giving Emery something to think about once their loan spells are over, here's a look at the top five Arsenal players currently out on loan:



David Ospina

Bar the Colombian national team, David Ospina has failed to truly make his mark as the number one goalkeeper for any top club, but so far at Napoli, he's done that to a certain degree thanks to his superb performances for Carlo Ancelotti's side as well as Alex Meret's absence due to injury. Ancelotti, though, often uses Ospina interchangeably with Orestiz Karnezis in a bid to get the best man for the job.

The Colombian shot-stopper has kept one clean-sheet in the Serie A and conceded 12 goals in eight league outings for Napoli. Although, it's worth noting that Napoli's defence isn't the best, with Kalidou Koulibaly often bailing his teammates out of dangerous defensive situations.

So far, Ospina has done enough to put himself in contention for a spot in the Arsenal side next season, but going forward he'll need to improve on his current form in a bid to truly attract Unai Emery's attention.



Reiss Nelson

On loan to Bundesliga side Hoffenheim, Reiss Nelson has made a name for himself as one of the brightest young talents in Europe at the moment.

He's not yet secured a regular spot in Julian Nagelsmann's side, but the 19-year-old has scored six goals in 11 games having started just five of those matches.

Going forward, Nelson is a player Unai Emery could potentially add to his current Arsenal set-up considering the youngsters skill and the experience he will have gained by the end of the season. It is quite likely that Emery will look to integrate Nelson into the Gunners first-team next term should he manage to maintain great form for Hoffenheim.



Takuma Asano

Asano was an unexpected addition to Arsenal's squad back in 2016 as Arsene Wenger looked to add some pace and trickery to his side's forward line.

The Japan international, though, has failed to make a single appearance for the Gunners since he signed for the club due to work permit issues.

Asano spent the last two season on loan to German side Stuttgart where he impressed and put in some great showings. He's currently out on loan to Hannover 96 but has failed to make an impact in the Bundesliga, having found the back of the net on no occasion in five league starts.

He has, however, scored a goal for Hannover in the German Cup, but he needs to do more at the club in the coming months.



Calum Chambers

Calum Chambers is highly-rated by the Arsenal backroom staff and fans alike, but he lacks the consistency to become a mainstay in the squad thus the need for him to be loaned out to Premier League sides to garner experience.

He did well last season on loan to Middlesbrough, where he was arguably the team's best defender as he often cut passing lanes and also man marked players in appropriate situations. So far at Fulham, though, things haven't really worked out for the Englishman as he's struggled to find his form at the 20th-placed side.

He's made 10 appearances so far and hasn't been particularly impressive in any game. With Claudio Ranieri now at the helm, perhaps that will change soon.



Krystian Bielik

20-year-old Krystian Bielik is currently on loan to Chartlon Athletic in the League One, where he's done quite well so far having bagged two goals in 13 appearances.

The Poland international is a ball-playing defender as he's very good at distributing the ball under pressure thanks to his great composure. He's been great for Charlton so far and manager Lee Bowyer will surely look towards him in the subsequent months to come up with great performances as Charlton look to secure promotion to the Championship.

Helping Charlton secure promotion would be great for Bielik as it would give Arsenal a reason to give him an opportunity to impress in pre-season and potentially make it into the first-team squad next term.

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