Young Arsenal left-back Marc Bola has signed on a season-long loan for League One outfit Bristol Rovers.
With 11 games played for Arsenal’s U23s in the first-half of last season and 13 appearances in the latter half of the season for League 2 side Notts County, Bola will look to develop further as a player moving up to League One after this loan move that was announced on 14 July through the club’s statement.
The English defender hasn’t featured in Arsene Wenger’s plans since signing his first professional contract in April 2016. The left-back position is dominated by the likes of Nacho Monreal, Sead Kolasinac and Kieran Gibbs, which has made it tough for Arsenal’s youth prospect, but with this opportunity at Rovers, valuable playing time will be earned during the 2017/18 season.
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In an interview with Rovers’ official website, the 19-year-old has discussed his excitement to get onto the pitch for The Pirates:
“I had a phone call telling me Rovers were interested in signing me on loan and I was delighted to come down here.”
The powerful and athletic defender who is comfortable playing in a number of roles will link up with his new club who are due to travel to Portugal next week where they have set up their pre-season training camp.
Rovers boss Darrell Clarke has also spoken to the club website about his new signing and has said that “his arrival means we now have competition for every position along the back line.”
Bristol Rovers start the League One season with a trip away to The Valley on 5th August, where Bola will be looking to cement a starting place in Darrell Clarke’s lineup.
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