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Mikel Arteta’s blueprint for Arsenal prospects offers William Saliba a direct path to success

It may be the international break but that doesn’t mean all Arsenal players were out of action this weekend.

As of deadline day [October 5], Konstantinos Mavropanos [Stuttgart], Zech Medley [Gillingham], Trae Coyle [Gillingham], Zak Swanson [MVV Maastricht], Matt Smith [Swindon Town], Jordi Osei-Tutu [Cardiff City], Ben Sheaf [Coventry], Tyreece John-Jules [Doncaster Rovers], Mark McGuinness [Ipswich], Dan Ballard [Blackpool], Matteo Guendouzi [Hertha Berlin] and Lucas Torreira [Atletico Madrid] are the players out on loan.

William Saliba is also expected to be loaned out to the Championship for the 2020/21 season. With many of Arsenal’s youngsters plying their trade in the Championship and League One, they are learning invaluable lessons to serve them well upon returning to north London.

football.london round up how Arsenal’s loanees fared this weekend and what Saliba could expect should he end up playing Championship football regularly this season.

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Zech Medley

After a tricky first few weeks at Gillingham, Zech Medley is finding his feet at the heart of Steve Evans’ defence. The 20-year-old started his fifth consecutive game for the club as they beat Oxford United 3-1 at home, moving up to fourth in League One.

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The Gills took control of the game early on, going in 2-0 up at half-time, but were still left with a great amount of work in the second half to seal all three points.

Within minutes of the second half starting, this was proven with the visitors pulling a goal back. Medley could have been more decisive when the ball dropped inside the box as it allowed Daniel Agyei the chance to poke it home. This will serve as an important lesson for him moving forward.

The visitors piled on the pressure after Gillingham went 3-1 up which is when, similar to last week, Medley had to…