​Arsenal defender Stefan O'Connor has returned to the club following a disappointing loan spell in Holland, ​Football London have reported.


The 20-year-old arrived from Crystal Palace in 2010, but moved to Dutch second-tier side MVV Maastricht in the summer on a season-long loan. However, after only making four appearances and often being left out of the squad altogether, the youngster has been sent back to Arsenal. 

O'Connor is out of contract in the summer and is expected to leave on a permanent basis as the Gunners are expecting a major overhaul of players in the under-23 side. His only senior appearance for the club came in a Champions League tie against Galatasaray in 2014.


The promising defender, who typically plies his trade as a centre-back or right-back will be disappointed by this latest set-back in his career after talking so positively about the move at the start of the month.


“I just feel it’s a right step because I’ve been playing reserve football since I was 16," he told ​Goal.

"I’ve just turned 20 and think it’s time to step into the men's game as I’m a big lad as well. I want to compete with the strongest and most developed in the game.


"It came as a shock when I found out they were interested. Andries Jonker (Former academy chief) thought it would be a good move for me. I came out here for two weeks for a trial to see how it was. I liked the way we trained and the squad mentality. It’s different to Arsenal but I like the set up of the club.”