Loan report- Wellington assists; Sanogo makes Charlton debut

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Wellington played 66 minutes and set up a goal for Emile Heskey as Bolton Wanderers lost 3-2 to Brighton & Hove Albion.

Yaya Sanogo was brought on for his Charlton Athletic debut in the 73rd minute and set up a couple of chances in the goalless draw with Cardiff City.

Mathieu Debuchy played the whole game as Bordeaux beat Guingamp 4-2.

Jon Toral started and played 82 minutes as Birmingham City drew 0-0 with Rotherham United.

Wojciech Szczesny played the entirety of Roma’s 3-1 victory over Carpi.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles started and played 53 minutes as Ipswich Town lost 2-1 to Bristol City.

Glen Kamara received his first start for Southend United but was substituted in the 51st minute of the 1-0 defeat to Scunthorpe United.

Chuba Akpom was brought on as a substitute in the 76th minute and missed an inviting opportunity to score as Hull City beat Blackburn Rovers 2-0. Isaac Hayden was on the bench but didn’t enter the fray.

Gedion Zelalem was an un-used substitute as Rangers drew 1-1 with Alloa Athletic.

Emiliano Martinez returned from injury and was an un-used substitute as Wolverhampton Wanderers lost 2-1 to Preston North End.


Nketiah scores again but Arsenal U18s lose to Chelsea

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Arsenal U18s saw their hopes of finishing in the top section of the U18 Premier League fade further after they lost 3-1 away to their Chelsea counterparts today.


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The first half was rather uneventful, with neither side managing to dominate. Arsenal did, though, have some presentable opportunities, with Aaron Eyoma failing to find the net when well placed on two occasions.

The Blues went down to ten men following the dismissal of Jacob Maddox for an incident involving Tolaji Bola, but despite their numerical disadvantage Chelsea managed to take the lead through Isaac Christie-Davis.

Schoolboy George Phillips, making his second appearance at this level, made a good save to thwart Chelsea but it wasn’t long before Harvey St Clair made it 2-0 to the hosts following good work from Mason Mount.

Arsenal forward Edward Nketiah temporarily reduced the deficit with his 14th goal of the season,  but Chelsea then struck again through Cole Da Silva.

Arsenal conclude this section by travelling to take on Tottenham Hotspur next week, but there is the small matter of the FA Youth Cup tie away to Coventry City on Monday night to contend with first.

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Arsenal officially promote Alex Iwobi to first-team squad

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Arsenal have officially promoted Alex Iwobi to the first-team squad following the youngster’s impressive development this campaign.

The Nigeria international has been heavily involved with Arsene Wenger’s side and has made eight first-team appearances in all competitions.

Although he progressed through the ranks at Arsenal as a winger, Iwobi has thrived as a central-midfielder this season and was particularly impressive in the recent FA Cup victory over Burnley.

It had been anticipated that the 19-year-old would be loaned out at some point this campaign, but Iwobi is now set to remain with Wenger’s squad. He will keep the number 45 shirt for the remainder of this campaign but will be allocated a lower squad number ahead of next season.


Youth Cup provides hope but defensive failures haunt Arsenal youngsters again

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Andries Jonker has done much to improve the Arsenal’s academy set-up this season, but, as the club’s youngsters crashed out of the UEFA Youth League in disappointing fashion against Anderlecht last night the Dutchman must have been left wondering whether the young Gunners will ever reign supreme on the European stage.

Despite being able to call upon a myriad of creative talents- Dan Crowley, Jeff Reine-Adelaide and Chris Willock from the outset, Reiss Nelson and Donyell Malen from the bench- Arsenal failed to cause many problems for the Anderlecht defence and didn’t deserve to progress from the single-legged tie.

This wasn’t heroic failure, it was just failure, with Anderlecht outmuscling and outclassing Arsenal in several departments. There is something of a silver lining, however, as the majority of these players still have a chance to lift a trophy this season in the form of the FA Youth Cup.

Anderlecht, who beat Arsenal twice in the group stages last season, have an excellent youth set-up, with Youri Tielemans one of their star recent graduates. Arsenal have lots of talents of their own, but they struggled to play as a cohesive unit last night in a display that was far inferior to what they produced earlier in the competition.

There have been some success stories this season, with Alex Iwobi becoming heavily involved in the first-team squad. Even last night there was a positive to take from proceedings, with goalkeeper Hugo Keto helping to keep the score down by producing some impressive saves.

There were, though, also a significant amount of negatives to reflect upon. Jeff Reine-Adelaide is one of Arsenal’s finest talents but the Frenchman didn’t make a substantial impact on his first appearance in this competition.

The main problem, however, as is so often the case with Arsenal at youth level, was in defence. It is clear to all and sundry, except the youth coaching staff, that Krystian Bielik is not a centre-back. The Pole has been routinely punished for several errors of judgement whilst playing in that position this season and it would certainly be to the prospect’s benefit if he was restored to his favoured defensive-midfield position.

Julio Pleguezuelo’s form has also wavered of late, but the Spaniard is still a major talent.

Those that are eligible for the Youth Cup will have to regroup quickly, with Arsenal taking on Coventry City in the prestigious competition on Monday night. After what transpired against Anderlecht, Arsenal’s youngsters will be fully aware that much improvement is needed.


Report- Ineffective Arsenal crash out of Youth League with defeat to Anderlecht

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UEFA Youth League- Play off round

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Arsenal U19s suffered an early exit in the UEFA Youth League once again as they were eliminated by an impressive Anderlecht tie in the Play-off round in Belgium.

For all the creative talent at their disposal, Arsenal, especially in the second-half, struggled to create chances with regularity and were unable to impose themselves against well-organised opponents.

Both of Anderlecht’s goals came in the first-half, with Jorn Vancamp finding the net twice. Arsenal had to be reliant on goalkeeper Hugo Keto thereafter, with the Finnish youth international making some impressive saves to prevent the opposition from inflicting even more damage.

Arsenal lined up rather as expected, with Reiss Nelson and Donyell Malen restricted to places on the bench. Alex Iwobi, meanwhile, remained in London with the first-team squad.


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Subs: Malen (for C. Willock, 46), Nelson (for Crowley, 46), Da Graca (for Johnson, 67). Not used: Huddart, Robinson, Mourgos, Dasilva.

Arsenal started brightly, with the ever lively Dan Crowley doing well to locate Jeff Reine-Adelaide, who failed to find the net.

Crowley then sent a free-kick wide as Arsenal looked to gain the upper hand but it wasn’t long until Anderlecht landed what would prove to be a crucial blow.

The Belgian side, against the run of play, opened the scoring in the eighth minute with Vancamp sending a towering header beyond the reach of Keto.

Keto then had to be alert to prevent Anderlecht from doubling their advantage almost instantly, but the hosts continued to probe and they eventually got their reward.

The second goal was the result of a finely worked move from Anderlecht, who played a series of intricate passes before Vancamp finished adroitly past Keto.

At one stage it seemed as if Anderlecht were going to run away with the game, with Julio Pleguezuelo having to race back and make a last ditch challenge to prevent his side from falling further behind.

Andries Jonker made a bold decision at the start of the second period as he replaced Crowley and Reine-Adelaide with Nelson and Malen.

Nelson was impressive on the ball, but Malen, deployed out wide for the most part, struggled to get into the game and Arsenal were unable to create many chances in the second half.

Indeed, the majority of the action occurred at the other end of the field, with Vancamp spurning an inviting opportunity to secure his hat-trick when he skewed his effort wide when well placed.

Nelson sought to bring Arsenal back into the game, but he was often crowded out by the well organised Anderlecht defence.

Keto had to make an excellent stop to deny Vancamp once more, but Arsenal didn’t really look like scoring in the closing stages as a campaign that started so encouragingly petered out in disappointing fashion.

There are some talented players in this group, but most of them were unable to showcase their respective talents today. Keto deserves credit for his display, but Arsenal were sluggish defensively, with Krystian Bielik’s disappointing performance lending further credence to claims that he shouldn’t be deployed at centre-back.

Arsenal could still end up with silverware at youth level this season, with the young Gunners taking on Coventry City in the FA Youth Cup next week, but tonight’s defeat, and in particular the meek nature of the way in which they surrendered, will rankle for some time to come.

Loan report-Kamara makes Southend debut; Akpom comes close to scoring

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Glen Kamara was introduced as a substitute at the start of the second half and made his senior debut for Southend United in the 3-0 victory over Colchester United.

Isaac Hayden played the whole game and was booked as Hull City lost 1-0 to Burnley. Chuba Akpom was introduced as a substitute in the 76th minute and had a shot saved.

Mathieu Debuchy started at right-back and played the whole 90 minutes as Bordeaux lost 4-1 to Saint-Etienne.

Jon Toral started and played 71 minutes as Birmingham City lost 2-1 to Sheffield Wednesday.

Wellington played 81 minutes as Bolton Wanderers beat Rotherham United 2-1.

Gedion Zelalem played 61 minutes before being withdrawn as Rangers were held to a goalless draw by Kilmarnock in the Scottish Cup.

Wojciech Szczesny starts for Roma against Sampdoria tonight.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles was an un-used substitute as Ipswich Town were beaten 1-0 by Queens Park Rangers.

Yaya Sanogo wasn’t involved as Charlton Athletic lost 1-0 to Bristol City.

Emiliano Martinez missed out through injury as Wolverhampton Wanderers drew 0-0 with Reading.


Willock hits brace as Arsenal U18s thrash Southampton

Joe Willock hit a brace, his first two goals at this level, as Arsenal U18s swatted aside their Southampton counterparts yesterday with a comprehensive 4-0 victory at London Colney.

The young Gunners, who also found the net through Josh DaSilva and Donyell Malen, bounced back from the defeat that they suffered to Aston Villa in their previous fixture.

Arsenal will conclude this phase of the season with away games against London rivals against Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur as they look to finish fourth and earn a place in the top tier, with the league subsequently splitting into different sections.

via Andy’s Arsenal U18s.