Arsenal midfielder Matt Smith heads to Charlton Athletic on loan

Southampton v Arsenal - Premier League
Mikel Arteta has let Matt Smith move out on loan again (Picture: Getty Images)

Arsenal midfielder Matt Smith has moved to Charlton Athletic on loan for the rest of the season after being recalled from his previous loan at Swindon Town.

The 20-year-old has been a regular in the Swindon team so far this season, making 24 appearances for the side struggling near the foot of the League One table.

He has moved back to London and up the League One table by joining Charlton for the rest of the season, with the Addicks seventh in the table and very much in the hunt for the play-offs and a return to the Championship.

Smith has been at Arsenal since the age of seven but is yet to make a senior appearance for the Gunners, although he has come close.

The youngster has been on the bench in the Premier League and was an unused substitute in the FA Cup final last season when Arsenal beat Chelsea to lift the trophy.

Arsenal v Chelsea - FA Cup Final
Smith (L) was on the bench as Arsenal won the FA Cup last season (Picture: Getty Images)

Smith said of his move to The Valley: ‘I’m really excited, I’m really looking forward to getting started. I feel I can learn a lot off the manager and from the experienced players here.

‘It’s a new challenge for me and ultimately I want to come here and help the team get promotion and have a strong second half to the season.’

Charlton boss Lee Bowyer added: ‘I think he suits the way we play, he’s an energetic midfielder. I like that he looks to play forward every time he receives the ball, he’s going to be another good addition to our squad.

‘We know with players we’ve had previously from Arsenal, they are all good and comfortable on the ball and importantly he has played men’s football before so he should hit the ground running.’

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