Championship side Brentford have confirmed the signing of young Arsenal attacker Jon Toral on a year-long loan deal.
The 19-year-old signed from Barcelona in 2011 alongside Hector Bellerin and has climbed through the Gunners Academy ranks to represent the club at under-21 level.
Toral hasn’t yet featured in a competitive game for the first team squad although Arsene Wenger did play the teenager for 45 minutes against Boreham Wood and gave him a run out in the recent friendly defeat against New York Red Bulls.
Speaking about the deal for Toral, Brentford boss Mark Warburton noted: “Jon is a very talented attacking midfield player. He is strong and powerful.
“He’s come through a couple of nasty injuries, it is great to see him fully fit and he can now start to show his undoubted potential.
“We are thankful that Arsenal have given us this opportunity. Jon has come here to push hard for a place in the squad and the first XI. He is an excellent addition to our group.
“This is a sign of the relationship we have with Arsenal and our continuing desire to add quality to our playing squad.”
Last season Chuba Akpom spent a month on loan with the Bees while versatile midfielder Nico Yennaris moved there last January on a permanent basis. Wojciech Szczesny also spent a season on loan with the West London side in 2009/10.