The whole point of sending a player out on loan is for them to gain experience and come back a better player, ready to push for a place in the first-team.
However, that isn’t always the case and Arsenal find themselves in a situation where they may need to bring some players back who are struggling to make it onto the pitch with their loan clubs.
Be it bringing these players back because they are needed to cover a first-team player or just recalling them to find a new team that will better utilise their talents, the players mentioned are in dire need of minutes.
football.london looks at three players Arsenal could recall in the January transfer window.
Should Bernd Leno leave the club in January, Arsenal will be left short a back-up goalkeeper.
Runarsson has played the role before, backing up the German goalkeeper in 2020 and made six appearances across three competitions.
Currently on loan with Belgian side O-H Leuven, the Icelandic shot-stopper has yet to make appearance for the club and is currently backing up Rafael Romo.
With that not being the intention when he was sent out on loan, it makes sense for Arteta to bring him back to cover Aaron Ramsdale.
Currently with Arsenal as he recovers from a hamstring injury, Osei-Tutu has only made two appearances for Nottingham Forest.
A change in manager could mean that the 23-year-old is no longer wanted at the City Ground and recalling him in January to reassess may be the best option.
Once seen as the solution to Arsenal’s defensive problems under Unai Emery, time is running out for Osei-Tutu to fulfil his potential at the Emirates – his next loan move must be a success.
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Another player who should return due to a lack of game time out on loan, Azeez featured as a second-half substitute for Portsmouth against Cheltenham Town – it was his first piece of action since September.
football.london understands that Arteta is considering calling him back, having decided in the summer that sending him to the manager who coached Emile Smith Rowe in 2020 would be better than staying with the under-23s.
But things have not gone to plan with Danny Cowley opting for more experienced players.
Azeez was on the fringes of the first team in the summer after impressing in a pre-season friendly against Watford and at 19, wasting the rest of the season with Portsmouth makes no sense when other clubs will be lining up to secure his services from January to May.