Steve Bould welcomes back England U-17 strikers Benik Afobe and Luke Freeman for tomorrow’s Premier Academy League encounter at London Colney.
The pair scored four goals between them during their stint with the Three Lions in Hungary and will look to add further attacking prowess to an Arsenal u-18 side which has yielded nine goals and nine points from their previous three games.
The young Gunners remain unbeaten in 2009 and are still on course for the Premier Academy League and FA Youth Cup double with the Group A title already wrapped up and the second-leg of the FA Youth Cup to come at a packed Emirates Stadium later this month.
Freeman’s return tomrrow is likely to see Jonas Rasmussen return to the right flank, with Oguzhan Ozyakup moving in-field to partner Montaigu-bound Chuks Aneke in central-midfield. Sam Byles (back) is doubtful, as is Zak Ansah (foot), so schoolboy Jordan Wynter is likely to retain his place on the bench. Anton Blackwood and Samir Carruthers are on trial at Crystal Palace and Fulham respectively and Rhys Murphy (hamstring) and Conor Henderson (medial knee ligaments) are both ruled out.
These sides last met just over a month ago and Freeman’s goal proved the difference that day. The chances are that he could do the same tomorrow as he is in a rich vein of form, although he is likely to feature on the left-wing tomorrow.
subs: Mann, Emmanuel-Thomas, Yennaris, Wynter.
Tomorrow’s game is likely to provide another opportunity for Arsenal’s young Gunners to shine.