Zak Swanson trains with Arsenal first-team

Talented right-back Zak Swanson was involved in first-team training at London Colney today.

The 19-year-old, who enjoyed a fine season at youth level, will hope to be involved in some capacity when the Premier League resumes.

Fellow defenders Zech Medley and Daniel Ballard also took part in the session.

Loan report – Iliev keeps clean sheet and makes two fine saves as Jagiellonia win

Another Arsenal loanee was in action today, with Deyan Iliev keeping a clean sheet as Jagiellonia Bialystok won 1-0 away to Cracovia Krakow.

Iliev had little to do in the early stages of the game, but in the 20th minute he raced off his line to make an important intervention.

Soon afterwards the 25-year-old spilled a shot but the flag was raised for offside as Krakow threatened to take the lead.

In the closing stages of the first half, Iliev endured a difficult moment as he failed to hold the ball but the danger was soon averted.

Early in the second half Krakow had the ball in the net, but Pelle Van Amersfoort’s effort was ruled out for offside.

Iliev then rushed out to clear the danger again and then made an excellent save to keep the game goalless. He made another superb stop late on.

Substitute Przemyslaw Mystkowski scored shortly after his introduction to make it 1-0 to Jagiellonia in the closing stages.

Loan report – Mavropanos injured as Nuremberg draw with Osei-Tutu’s VfL Bochum

Konstantinos Mavropanos was substituted at half time with an injury as Nuremberg drew 0-0 with Jordi Osei-Tutu’s VfL Bochum.

Mavropanos had been rather impressive during the opening period but didn’t emerge for the second half because of a muscle problem.

Osei-Tutu, meanwhile, was deployed on the right wing again and played 76 minutes before being taken off.

Matt Smith and the other Arsenal youngsters that could benefit if the Premier League returns

It has yet to be confirmed whether the Premier League will return this season but if it does go ahead then there could be some Arsenal youngsters that benefit hugely.

Since the squad returned to training recently, four members of the U23 side have been called up by Mikel Arteta.

If games are played in close proximity and more substitutes are allowed than usual then it could be an opportunity for some of the club’s prospects to catch the eye.

The most interesting case, perhaps, is that of Matt Smith, with the midfielder very highly rated by many at London Colney.

Smith has been training with the first-team intermittently over the past two years, dating back to when Arsene Wenger was in charge, and when a player is involved on so many occasions it is usually a surefire sign that he is being prepared for a first-team debut.

The 19-year-old possesses an excellent passing range and can unlock opposing defences with ease. He is not a prolific goalscorer but is a vital component of the U23 team.

Trae Coyle, meanwhile, has also been training with the senior squad. The winger was extremely highly regarded as a schoolboy and featured in the UEFA Youth League.

At that stage it was anticipated that he could follow in the footsteps of Reiss Nelson and enjoy a swift rise into senior football but it hasn’t quite transpired like that and at the age of 19 he is still awaiting his senior debut.

That wait could soon be over, though, with Coyle, who is usually deployed on the right flank, having shown some greater signs of consistency for the U23s this season.

The situation is slightly more complicated at centre-back, where Arteta has an abundance of options to choose from, but if he does elect to rotate his side then Daniel Ballard and Zech Medley could be involved.

Ballard has shown terrific resilience to bounce back from difficult situations. He was previously released twice by Arsenal only for the club to reverse their decision on both occasions, while he suffered a serious injury early on in his loan spell at Swindon Town this season but is now fully fit.

The youngster, who has been called up by Northern Ireland at senior level, possesses excellent leadership qualities.

Medley, meanwhile, already has three competitive appearances for the Arsenal first-team to his name but has fallen down the pecking order somewhat this season.

It is widely expected that the former Chelsea player could go on loan next campaign but before then he could be called upon for the first-team, especially given that he is also capable of playing at left-back if required.

Loan report – Osei-Tutu scores again; Smith Rowe back in training

Jordi Osei-Tutu was on the scoresheet again as VfL Bochum beat Holstein Kiel 2-1.

Deployed as a winger once more, Osei-Tutu finished well as he scored his third goal in five appearances. He was booked in the closing stages.

Yesterday, Konstantinos Mavropanos played the whole game and was booked as Nuremberg drew 2-2 away to Jahn Regensburg.

Osei-Tutu and Mavropanos are set to face eachother when their sides meet on Saturday.

Elsewhere, Emile Smith Rowe is back in training with Huddersfield Town ahead of the possible return of the Championship.

Deyan Iliev could feature this weekend when Jagiellonia Bialystok return to action with a trip to face Cracovia Krakow.