Arsenal include Afobe and Aneke in NextGen Series squad

Arsenal have submitted their squad ahead of their participation in the NextGen Series, with coach Terry Burton including several surprising selections  in his large provisional squad.

Benik Afobe and Chuks Aneke are both included as over-age players for the side that will take on Athletic Bilbao, Marseille and Olympiacos in the group stage,  despite the fact that the former has joined Bolton Wanderers on loan, whilst Kyle Ebecilio, Thomas Eisfeld and Serge Gnabry have all also been included.

Hector Bellerin is included, as well as first-year scholars Chuba Akpom, Tom Dallison and Tarum Dawkins. Striker Zak Ansah, currently recovering from injury makes the cut.

Players who withdraw through injury can be replaced if advanced notice is given.

You can read more about the NextGen Series here.

Arsenal squad: Benik Afobe, Tarum Dawkins, Kyle Ebecilio, Thomas Eisfeld, Zach Fagan, Serge Gnabry, Sead Hajrovic, Isaac Hayden,  Jack Jebb, Anthony Jeffrey, Chuba Akpom, Austin Lipman, Elton Monteiro, Alfred Mugabo, Nigel Neita, Kris Olsson, Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill, Josh Rees, Philip Roberts, Leander Siemann, Chuks Aneke,  Jon Toral,  Arinse Uade, Josh Vickers, Jordan Wynter, Nico Yennaris, Martin Angha, Zak Ansah, Hector Bellerin, Samir Bihmoutine, Reice Charles-Cook, Thomas Dallison.



  1. That’s a bit of a strange squad! Where are Toral, Jebb, Jeffrey, Olsson, Monteiro? There’s only one goalkeeper and Afobe is on a season long loan….

    1. Jeorge updated the list with more names after my comment, before anyone points out Jebb and Jeffrey are in there and tells me to get down to specsavers.

  2. 2 glaring absentees for me Olsson and Toral, I know Toral is injured but did not think it would be season long

  3. Is it a provisional squad list? If so, then it gives us an idea of who will be on it. Beyond that, just a prompt for discussion.

  4. Afobe won’t play (Aneke will also go out on loan I hear). This is a provisional list submitted. Anyone who thinks Afobe or Arsenal would put the Nexgen before Championship matches, designed to get him first team experience, is crazy in my opinion. No other clubs have their squads listed on the Nextgen site!

    1. I think AJ being listed twice is an error to do with glen kamara or alex iwobi missing. someone has said iwobi is on international duty so perhaps its kamara that is in.

  5. It is just possible that the loanees had had this competion included in their agreement, is it not?
    I hope it gets plenty of coverage so we all get to see the young stars of tomorrow/

  6. ok to put this one to bed once and for all. we currently have 35 players at the club born 1993 or after. we have named every player except oxlade-chamberlain, wellington, kamara & iwobi. however jeffrey has been placed on the list twice, so that is an error and should read as one of kamara or iwobi. reading above i would say that it is likely that should be kamara.
    oxlade-chamberlain, is obviously not going to play and i would imagine that the club has failed again to win a special talent visa for wellington, although putting him on that list would hamper his chances of a special talent visa if that is still in process.

    oh not sure if this has been mentioned, but it looks like terry burton is going to be in charge of under 21, next gen, fa youth cup and under 18s. that is one hell of an ask for an old boy! but would make good sense in terms of continuity

  7. afobe hatrick against tranmere in 24 mins pre-season friendly

    Tranmere 0-3 Wanderers
    Afobe 50 – Tranmere defender plays it onto his chest and he lashes it in.
    Afobe 74 – powers home a header from Eagles free kick.
    Afobe 77 – skips around a marker on the edge of the area before drilling into the bottom corner
    ? 90 – scrambled goal from a corner for Tranmere.

    1. Brilliant start for Afobe, he only came on at half-time and goes and scores three. I know most fans are still not convinced but I firmly believe Afobe is a future Arsenal no.9. He might not have amazing natural ability but his intelligence and desire set him apart from most other young players. He’s the sort of guy who will just keep bettering himself relentlessly, season after season; working on his technique, his fitness, his tactical understanding. Yennaris and Jenkinson are others with similar outstanding mental qualities and bigger futures than most think, in my opinion. And all 3 of them are proper Gooners.

      1. exactly. People as i recall stated chuba may already be better. It may be true that chuba has more skills but that does not translate into a better striker where finesse and first touch are essential and what afobe possesses when on form. Btw here is his second goal

      2. Totally agree i think afobe can be a good player for arsenal. plenty of strikers are good strikers without being prolific. 15-20 goals a season is well within his grasp and so is 10-15 assists. to be honest that sort of productivity is within the grasp of bendtner too. the problem as i see it is will that be enough to satisfy some supporters. you here people now saying that rvp has only given us one good season and bendtner none. yet bendtners 45 goals in 79 starts and rvps record outside of last season is exactly the type of productivity that afobe is capable of. Lets be totally honest if we had not lost 3 finals in the last 7 seasons by the odd goal one of those being the champions league final then everybody woulr probably happy. just imagine 7 seasons of finishing in the top 4 plus champions league winners and carling cup winners twice. it sounds so different yet all those 3 finals went one way when they could hqve so easily gone the other. the end result is 7 seasons without a trophy and thousands of unhappy fans. the true supporters know how close it really was but also how frustrating it is. if those finals had gone the other way many of the so.called deadwood players wouldnt even be at the club and many of players would never had left or want to.

      1. It was U16s, but Arsenal won 9-2.

        Stephy Mavididi scored a hat trick as well. That’s 7 in 2 games for him. Highly rated by the club, as he was the only 1998 to make the squad for the (U-14) Cairo Montenotte Tournament this year.

  8. If Afobe continues to work, with his movement, I can see him becoming an Ian Wright type striker for us!!! He has a bit of competition though, so we’ll see who comes out of it, in the end. I hope he makes it because that would be one more victory for the academy!!! Same with all the other academy lads, who are on the fringes of the first team!!!

  9. Clearly a lot of people on blogs haven’t watched a minute of Nuri Sahin in action!!! People think that if we lose Song to Barcelona, or wherever, that Nuri will be a direct replacement for him!!! I assume that most people on here are a bit more sane though!!! He’s more like Arteta than Song. The defensive qualities of the two playing together, could be a good combination, but they could also step on each other’s toes!!! Frimpong and Coquelin are the replacements for Song, if and when he goes, and that’s the way it should be!!! Having seen both play, they offer just as much as Song did, before he started playing regularly. For a pure defensive midfield player, even Eastmond and Yennaris would do as good a job as Sahin!!! SERIOUSLY!!! Sahin ISN’T a pure defensive midfielder. He doesn’t have the physical presence for it. Sahin would be cover for Arteta and WIlshere, NOT Song. I don’t even know if we will get Sahin anyways!!! It’d be nice, but we don’t need him as much as we needed Cazorla, or a player of his ilk. I’m really bored right now, so this is why I wrote this, but it struck me really funny that the press and a lot of fans think that Sahin is a direct replacement for Song!!! I personally hope that we replace Song with Coquelin and have Frimpong as competition when he gets healthy.

    Another thing that worries me is this…people are clamoring for a right back signing…they are going to be disappointed!!! It’s just like the Ramsey case except it’s on a bit of a smaller scale. Some “supporters” will get on the back of Jenkinson or whomever is playing right back if they struggle, and they will discourage the player. Jenkinson isn’t quite ready defensively and this is what worries me. I THINK HE’LL DO GREAT, but IF he doesn’t, then the “fans” might get on him and drain his confidence. He’s only 20 and he’s entering his first FULL professional season, but does that mean that these fans will take that in to consideration??? They didn’t with Aaron, so what would make Carl any different??? I think we should ride out the storm, if there even is one, with Carl, and really see what he can do for us!!! It’s soooooooo childish to think that you want your club to sign someone, and then boo the player you wanted replaced by the signing!!! I want, I want, no thought for the player’s feelings at all!!! I think Jenkinson COULD be our Gary Neville, or even BETTER, if we give him the chance!!! Come on Carl!!!

    1. I agree, Sahin isn’t the player some people seem to think he is. In our squad he’s most similar to Arteta or Wilshere, a midfielder whose biggest attributes are his technical ability and vision, although defensively they’re also quite capable. He would be a fantastic addition in my opinion, even if only for a one year loan. It would take a lot of pressure off of Wilshere and Diaby as they come back; they’ll need time to get fit enough to play 70+ minutes of a PL game, let alone find their best form. Sahin can also play LB quite well apparently, which would be a nice boost if, God forbid, we get another full back crisis like last season. With all the young talent we have in midfield, for me, taking a player of Sahin’s quality on loan is preferable to making an unnecessary permanent signing. And if it happens we may have the option to buy at the end of the loan anyway, should we suddenly have a real need to keep him beyond the one year (eg. if Wilshere has another setback, or Arteta picks up a long term injury).

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