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Gunners' McGuinness loan to Ipswich


Mark McGuinness. Image Credit: Ipswich Town.

Mark McGuinness. Image Credit: Ipswich Town.

Mark McGuinness. Image Credit: Ipswich Town.

Arsenal have sent Ireland U19 cap Mark McGuinness out on loan to Ipswich Town so the defender can gain first team experience.

McGuinness (19) has been with the Gunners since he was ten and progressed to the first team squad in pre-season, scoring for Mikel Arteta's side in a friendly win over MK Dons. Now Arteta has agreed to loan him to Ipswich for the season. "Everyone at Arsenal wishes Mark all the best for his season with Ipswich Town. The loan deal is subject to the completion of regulatory processes," the club said.

Eligible through the parentage rule, McGuinness has been in the Ireland setup since U16 level, where he was first capped by Paul Osam and has progressed from U19 and U19 levels.

Last month, Ireland U21 team boss Jim Crawford said he would welcome a loan move for the player.

"I know Mark well, he's someone I was trying to get into the U18s but he had a bad run of injuries," Crawford said.

"He's definitely somebody who is on the radar. He's a big lad, in both boxes, he's a huge player but he can pass the ball too, he's strong and he's somebody that we have to monitor if he goes on loan, see how he's doing and I have no doubt he'd have every chance."

Also on the move is Dubliner Ryan Burke who has joined Yeovil Town on loan from Birmingham City until January.

"I was looking to go out on loan and when I heard Yeovil were interested in me, I was delighted. The first thing I thought was I want to get down there right away and just get playing," says Burke, previously with Crumlin United and St Patrick's Athletic.

Meanwhile, Arteta has been pleased with how William Saliba has settled into his squad as he prepares to hand the defender his much-anticipated Arsenal debut in tonight's LeagueCup third-round clash at Leicester.