Saka scores and assists as Arsenal beat Eintracht Frankfurt in Europa League

Arsenal started their Europa League campaign with a 3-0 victory away to Eintracht Frankfurt tonight, with Bukayo Saka involved in all three goals.

The winger, who recently turned 18, teed up Joe Willock, whose deflected effort put Arsenal in the lead.

Saka grew in confidence as the game progressed and eventually managed to make it 2-0 with a fine strike.

Shortly afterwards Saka did well to win the ball back in the build-up to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal.

Emile Smith Rowe also made his first senior appearance of the season, and was substituted in the second half.


Loan report – Nketiah and Mkhitaryan score; Elneny sent off

Eddie Nketiah scored and won a penalty as Leeds United beat Barnsley 2-0.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored on his first appearance for Roma, in a 4-2 victory against Sassuolo, with the winger playing the whole game.

Mohamed Elneny was sent off on his debut as Besiktas lost 3-2 to Gazisehir Gaziantep.

Ben Sheaf played the whole game and was booked as Doncaster Rovers drew 0-0 with Ipswich Town.

Deyan lliev played the full game as Sered drew 1-1 with Ruzomberok.

Tom Smith played the whole game as Salisbury lost 3-1 to Metropolitan Police.

Jordi Osei-Tutu was an unused substitute as VfL Bochum drew 2-2 with Dynamo Dresden.

William Saliba missed out through injury as Saint-Etienne drew 2-2 with Toulouse.



Report – John-Jules hits brace; Holding and Mavropanos feature as Arsenal U23s beat Leicester

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Arsenal 2 (John-Jules 46, 51) Leicester City 1

Tyreece John-Jules scored a brace as Arsenal U23s came from behind to beat Leicester City 2-1 at Emirates Stadium yesterday, with Steve Bould’s side maintaining their unbeaten start to the season.

Bould was able to call upon two members of the first-team squad who are returning to full fitness in Rob Holding and Konstantinos Mavropanos, while Tolaji Bola and Zak Swanson returned from injuries, with Zech Medley fit enough to make the bench.

Also amongst the substitutes was schoolboy goalkeeper Remy Mitchell, who received his first call-up at this level.

George Hirst was a threat for Leicester in the early stages and came close to scoring, before Arsenal’s Nathan Tormey was denied at the other end.

With ten minutes remaining on the first half, Leicester took the lead, with Ali Reghba’s effort getting the better of Karl Hein.

Holding’s effort struck the post just before half time and Arsenal managed to pull level after the restart, with Folarin Balogun bursting forward and finding John-Jules, who finished well.

Shortly afterwards, Arsenal were in front, with John-Jules adding to his tally with a well-struck effort.

Hurst looked to equalise for Leicester, but Arsenal managed to hold on for all three points.

Arsenal: Hein; Swanson, Mavropanos (Clarke 67), Holding, Bola (Medley, 46); Burton, McEneff; Tormey, John-Jules, Coyle; Balogun.

Subs not used: Mitchell, Omole, Olowu.

14 year old Alex Kovacevic called up as Arsenal U18s lose to Leicester

U18 Premier League

Leicester City 1 Arsenal 0

Arsenal U18s returned to action on Saturday but suffered a 1-0 defeat away to Leicester City as their inconsistent start to the season continued.

James Hillson featured in goal as an overage player, with 14 year old Alex Kovacevic being named on the bench.

Kovacevic was called upon because Karl Hein and Remy Mitchell were with the U23s, Tom Smith is out on loan, Arthur Okonkwo and Ovie Ejeheri are injured, Pedro Virginia is away with Portugal U16s and Hubert Graczyk was also unavailable.

Ryan Alebiosu and Mazeed Ogungbo returned in defence, with Sam Greenwood also back in the side, while Daniel Oyegoke started in midfield after a lengthy spell out injured.

Sidnei Tavares scored what proved to be the only goal of the game in the 62nd minute as Leicester prevailed, despite Arsenal bringing on Alfie Matthews, Nathan Butler-Oyedeji and Luke Plange in the second half.

Arsenal, who have four points from five games, host Brighton & Hove Albion next weekend.

Arsenal: Hillson; Alebiosu, Kirk, Ogungbo, Lopez; Oyegoke (Matthews, 46) Azeez; Dennis (Butler-Oyedeji, 59), Cirjan, Taylor-Hart (Plange 78); Greenwood. Subs not used: Kovacecic, Monlouis.

Sam Greenwood ends speculation by signing first professional contract with Arsenal

Sam Greenwood has ended speculation over his short-term future by signing his first professional contract with Arsenal.

The 17-year-old, who joined the club from Sunderland last year, had been linked with a move away, with Juventus and AC Milan monitoring his progress.

However, Greenwood who can play out wide, as a number ten or up front, has elected to stay at Arsenal.

The aim for Greenwood this season will be to eventually push into the U23 squad, having helped the U18s to be crowned southern champions last term with some excellent performances.

Arsenal include Mustafi, Hillson and Lopez in Europa League squad but Hein left out


Arsenal have submitted their squad for the Europa League group stages, with Shkodran Mustafi amongst the players included.

The centre-back hasn’t been involved so far this season, but will be available to feature in the Europa League, along with new signings Nicolas Pepe, Kieran Tierney, David Luiz, Gabriel Martinelli and Dani Ceballos.

Martinelli has been named on the senior list along with Matteo Guendouzi, with neither player having been at the club for the amount of time required to be included on the B-list for under-21 players.

Reiss Nelson, Joe Willock and Emile Smith Rowe are part of the first-team squad yet are included on the B-list, where they are joined by 18 young prospects, including Ben Cottrell, Zak Swanson, Mark McGuinness and Jordan McEneff, who have all been included for the first time.

James Hillson and Joel Lopez have been included on the A-list as they aren’t eligible for the B-list, but Karl Hein has been left out.

Arsenal have named seven homegrown players on the senior list, with Hector Bellerin, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Emiliano Martinez, Rob Holding, Calum Chambers, Matt Macey and Hillson all falling into that category. The first three are club trained, with the latter quartet being association trained.

Unai Emery’s side will face Eintracht Frankfurt, Standard Liège and Vitória in the Europa League group stages.

Arsenal’s Europa League squad:

A-List: 1. Bernd Leno, 2. Hector Bellerin, 3. Kieran Tierney, 5. Sokratis, 8. Dani Ceballos, 9. Alexandre Lacazette, 10. Mesut Ozil, 11. Lucas Torreira, 14. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 15. Ainsley Maitland-Niles, 16. Rob Holding, 19. Nicolas Pepe, 20. Shkodran Mustafi, 21. Calum Chambers, 23. David Luiz, 26. Emiliano Martinez, 27. Konstantinos Mavropanos, 29. Matteo Guendouzi, 31. Sead Kolasinac, 33. Matt Macey, 34. Granit Xhaka, 35. Gabriel Martinelli, 63. James Hillson, 74. Joel Lopez

B-List: 24. Reiss Nelson, 28. Joe Willock, 32. Emile Smith Rowe, 38. Folarin Balogun, 40. Tolaji Bola, 41. Robbie Burton, 42. Harry Clarke, 43. Trae Coyle, 45. Tyreece John-Jules, 47. Jordan McEneff, 48. Mark McGuinness, 49. Zech Medley, 52. James Olayinka, 53. Joseph Olowu, 54. Tobi Omole, 57. Matt Smith, 59. Zak Swanson, 61. Nathan Tormey, 69. Ben Cottrell, 76. Arthur Okonkwo, 77. Bukayo Saka.