No fewer than 13 Arsenal players spent a portion of the season just gone on loan at Football League clubs across the United Kingdom and Europe.
Yet, all in all, there was a disappointing return for a regiment yearning for the game time needed to prove their worth to their parent club, with only four of them managing more than 20 appearances.
One of those, Johan Djourou, endured a nightmare campaign as Hamburg avoided relegation via a play-off on away goals.
Lesser-spotted Brazilian wing import Wellington Silva, meanwhile, managed just a brace of nettings from 28 starts on loan at La Liga Segunda side Murcia.
Luckily for a club that prides itself on the regularity with which it’s tyros clamber the greasy pole to first-team contention, two loanees have done enough to put themselves in the picture for a part in the Gunners’ 10/1 rated title tilt next term.
Joel Campbell, Olympiakos
Costa Rican Campbell leapt to widespread notoriety after bagging against Manchester United in the Champions League.
However, that was just one of the highlights of a promising campaign in which he contributed eight goals to the cause as the Piraeus outfit lifted the Greek Superleague.
Among the first teamers he hopes to join at the Emirates, only Mesut Ozil averaged more key passes per game in Europe’s top club competition than the 21-year-old’s 1.8 this term.
Campbell will be at this summer’s World Cup, where his native land look hugely overpriced to take at least a point off Uruguay at 12/5 in their Group D opener.
Chucks Aneke, Crewe Alexandra
England Under-19 international Aneke’s second season on loan at Gresty Road saw the Newham-born Gunner’s progress illustrated by a doubling of his goals tally.
Having bagged eight times in 38 appearances last term, he helped himself to 16 this time around as the Alex slipped the relegation noose in League One.