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Charlton Athletic Sign Midfielder Matt Smith on Loan From Arsenal

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Charlton Athletic have signed Arsenal midfielder Matt Smith on loan for the rest of the season.

Smith spent the first half of the season at Swindon Town, but was recalled by the Gunners and immediately loaned to the Addicks.

The midfielder is Charlton’s fourth addition in this transfer window.

Charlton Athletic Sign Midfielder Matt Smith on Loan From Arsenal

24 League One Appearances to His Name This Season

The talented 20-year-old is highly thought off in the Arsenal academy. Despite being left out in recent matches, Smith enjoyed a fairly productive loan spell at Swindon Town.

He made 24 appearances in League One for the Robins, scoring twice and assisting three goals. A move to Charlton offers a fresh challenge as he moves from a relegation battle to a promotion one.

He is a dynamic midfielder who loves to get on the ball and run at defenders. His creativity is needed in a Charlton side which struggle to score consistently.

Smith is eligible to make his debut in Charlton’s crucial clash with Portsmouth tomorrow evening, in what is a big game for both in the promotion battle.

Lee Bowyer Pleased With Latest Addition

Speaking to the Charlton Athletic website about his new signing, manager Lee Bowyer said: “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.”

Director of Football Steve Gallen added: “He’s done well at Swindon, we’ve followed him over the last few months and he came available late and we were in a position to sign him, so I’m pleased we’ve been able to get it done.

“He’s a good footballer technically, especially with his through passes and reverse passes – he’s a clever player. He’s good at receiving on the half turn, trying to play forward, so he’ll complement our team and the way we play. Players like Ronnie Schwartz and Conor Washington should benefit from the passes that he brings.”

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