The Arsenal loanees set for action this weekend as international break affects fixture list


The third international break of the season is in full swing, although it does mean no Premier League football for Arsenal and several first-team players.

Of course, with 16 senior stars (17 including loanee Runar Alex Runarsson) called up by their respective nations, there's a good chance that Bukayo Saka, Declan Rice, Kai Havertz, Gabriel Jesus, Gabriel Magalhaes and Oleksandr Zinchenko among others fly the flag for the Gunners.

Meanwhile, having not been selected for international duty, it's a chance for the likes of Martin Odegaard, Ben White and Eddie Nketiah and Reiss Nelson to put in some extra work in training as they'll need to be sharp with the fixtures set to come thick and fast for Arsenal after the break.

However, for those looking for their weekly dose of league action, this is where the Gunners' loanees in the UK can provide a helping hand with as many as five players potentially in line to feature for their respective clubs and below takes a look at them.

Arthur Okonkwo's spell with Wrexham has been productive so far as he's benefited from Ben Foster's retirement to establish himself as the first-choice goalkeeper and he will almost certainly go in search of a sixth clean sheet across all competitions this season against Accrington Stanley.

Elsewhere in League Two, Mauro Bandeira will be hopeful of a recall to the Colchester United matchday squad when they face leaders Stockport County on Saturday. The young midfielder has been left out altogether in the last five games but perhaps his luck is about to change.

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Kido Taylor-Hart and Alex Kirk are spending the season with National League side Bromley but there's no guarantee either will make the matchday squad for Saturday's home game against Fylde. The former hasn't featured since the end of September, whilst the central defender still has just one appearance to his name.

There is no National League South fixture for Eastbourne Borough this weekend but, Billy Vigar - who has scored twice during his loan spell so far - could lead the line in their FA Trophy second round tie away at Hendon. Arsenal WhatsApp channel

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