Loan report – Mavropanos injured; Mkhitaryan scores and assists

Konstantinos Mavropanos suffered an injury which meant he was substituted after 13 minutes as Nuremberg lost 2-1 to Darmstadt.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored and provided an assist as he played the whole of Roma’s 4-0 win against Lecce.

William Saliba played the whole game as Saint-Etienne drew 1-1 with Reims.

Emile Smith Rowe was brought on in the 54th minute as Huddersfield Town lost 3-1 to Swansea City.

Mohamed Elneny played the full game and was booked as Besiktas drew 2-2 with Trabzonspor.

Deyan Iliev played the whole game as Jagiellonia Bialystok lost 4-0 to Legia Warsaw.

Jordi Osei-Tutu was brought on in the 83rd minute as VfL Bochum won 2-1 against Dynamo Dresden.

Joseph Olowu played the full game and was booked as Cork City lost 6-0 to Shamrock Rovers.

Ben Sheaf played 81 minutes as Doncaster Rovers lost 1-0 to Shrewsbury Town.

James Olayinka missed out through injury as Northampton Town beat Exeter City 2-0.

Injury meant that Tyreece John-Jules didn’t feature in Lincoln’s 0-0 draw with Gillingham.

Ballard steps up recovery as he trains with Arsenal first-team ahead of Everton clash

Arsenal U23s defender Daniel Ballard trained with the first-team squad at London Colney today.

The centre-back hasn’t played since suffering a serious knee injury while on loan at Swindon Town in August, but he played a full part in the session today.

A host of other youngsters were involved, including Trae Coyle, Zak Swanson, Ben Cottrell and Folarin Balogun.

Report – Bandeira makes debut as Arsenal U18s lose to Leicester City

U18 Premier League

Arsenal 2 (Cirjan 8, Monlouis 34) Leicester City 5 (Pennant 10, 88, McAteer 31, Flynn 44, Russ 50)

Arsenal U18s suffered another defeat as they lost 5-2 at home to Leicester City today.

Coach Ken Gillard was without Sam Greenwood, who has stepped up to the U23s, while Nathan Butler-Oyedeji, Joel Lopez, Matthew Dennis and Ryan Alebiosu were all sidelined.

Schoolboy midfielder Mauro Bandeira received his first callup at this level as he was named amongst the substitutes.

Arsenal started brightly and took the lead in the eighth minute with Catalin Cirjan scoring his first goal for the club after good work from Alfie Matthews.

Leicester were level just two minutes later through Terell Pennant, the nephew of former Arsenal player Jermaine.

Kasey McAteer put Leicester ahead before schoolboy Zane Monlouis equalised for the young Gunners.

Leicester were in front again before the break as Shane Flynn made it 3-2.

Arsenal made a change at the start of the second half as Levi Laing replaced Daniel Oyegoke.

However, Leicester would get the next goal of the game courtesy of Will Russ.

Bandeira came on for his debut, with the Portuguese youngster impressing, but Pennant added a fifth goal for Leicester to inflict further misery upon Arsenal.

Arsenal: Graczyk; Oyegoke (Laing 46), Monlouis, Kirk, Ogungbo; Patino (Bandeira 60), Azeez; Edwards, Cirjan, Taylor-Hart (Flores 68); Matthews.

Subs not used: Mitchell, Plange.

Robbie Burton completes permanent Dinamo Zagreb move

Arsenal midfielder Robbie Burton has completed his permanent move to Dinamo Zagreb.

The 20-year-old featured prominently for Arsenal at U23 level but didn’t play for the first-team this season despite having impressed in pre-season.

Burton was part of the Arsenal U18s side that reached the FA Youth Cup final in 2018 and played a small part during the U23s’ title success that year.

Report – Robbie Burton set to leave Arsenal for Dinamo Zagreb

Arsenal U23s captain Robbie Burton is reportedly set to join Dinamo Zagreb in a shock transfer.

It isn’t currently clear whether the move will be a loan or a permanent switch, but it would most likely be the latter.

The deal was reported by Sportske and Burton has reportedly travelled to Croatia.

Burton featured for the Arsenal first-team in pre-season and was named on the bench in the Carabao Cup but has yet to play a competitive game for the club.

The Wales youth international has made 33 appearances for Arsenal U23s.

Report – Mari features and Balogun impresses but Arsenal U23s are beaten by Chelsea

Premier League 2

Arsenal 1 (Balogun 16) Chelsea 2 (Broja 32, Gilmour 45)

By Jeorge Bird @Meadow Park, Borehamwood

This will go down as Pablo Mari’s first appearance in an Arsenal shirt, but it also represented a missed opportunity for Steve Bould’s side as they suffered a second defeat in succession.

Mari and fellow first-team squad member Rob Holding both played 45 minutes, but, although Arsenal took the lead through a superb strike from Folarin Balogun, it was Chelsea who prevailed.

Deployed on the left side of central defence, Mari was impressive in the air and was also composed on the ball but was caught out on a couple of occasions.

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Balogun

Subs: Clarke (for Holding, 46), Medley (for Mari, 46), Ogungbo (for Omole, 79). Not used: Hillson, Azeez.

Mari won his first header comfortably but the game didn’t really spark into life until the 16th minute, when Balogun scored a superb strike that curled beyond the reach of Chelsea goalkeeper Karlo Ziger.

Balogun could have doubled his tally shortly afterwards following impressive work from Trae Coyle, but the striker’s effort lacked conviction on that occasion.

Holding then came close to scoring with a header, and Balogun had a shot saved before Tobi Omole’s penalty claim was turned down.

Despite Arsenal creating the majority of the chances up until that point, it was Chelsea who scored the game’s next goal, with Armando Broja heading in from a corner as Karl Hein failed to react properly.

Chelsea managed to turn the game on its head before the break, with Billy Gilmour scoring following another error from Hein.

As had been pre-planned, Mari and Holding were taken off at half-time, with Harry Clarke and Zech Medley taking their places.

Chelsea came close to scoring following a mistake from Zak Swanson, who captained Arsenal in the absence of Robbie Burton.

Arsenal had plenty of opportunities to pull level, with many of them falling to Sam Greenwood, who frequently drifted in-field from the right wing.

Greenwood couldn’t score, however, with Balogun and Jordan McEneff also unable to find the net.

Arsenal continued to push forward and lost Tobi Omole to injury, with Mazeed Ogungbo coming on.

Chelsea were always a threat on the counter-attack, though, and they defended diligently as they went top of the table.

For Arsenal it was a frustrating game, but there were some encouraging signs, with Coyle posing a constant threat and Balogun also showing glimpses of his quality.

Holding was largely composed but was caught out on a couple of occasions, but Hein was at fault for both goals, and, despite the potential that he possesses, it is perhaps worth taking him out of the side, at least temporarily, and bringing in James Hillson.

Omole struggled at left-back, and his withdrawal meant that Arsenal couldn’t bring on the talented Miguel Azeez, with Ogungbo, a defender, coming on instead.

Much of the focus, though, will be on Mari, with the important aspect being that he got some playing time. He wasn’t outstanding but did show some encouraging signs and with the first-team squad being rather large there could be quite a few senior players involved at U23 level over the next few months.