Rotation expected as U21s and U18s tackle Blackburn

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Arsenal U21s and U18s may have suffered contrasting fortunes against Bolton Wanderers last week, but they will both be hoping for a positive outcome when they take on their respective Blackburn Rovers counterparts tomorrow.

Pat Holland’s young charges travel to Lancashire for an 11am kick-off at Rovers’ training ground, before the U21s do battle in the afternoon at Emirates Stadium a few hours later.

Both Arsenal sides are expected to be somewhat altered from last week’s excursions. The U21’s could have a more senior feel to it, with Craig Eastmond poised to feature as an over-age player, whilst Serge Gnabry, who trained with the first-team today and has been spoken of in glowing terms by Arsene Wenger recently, should be afforded another run-out. Kyle Ebecilio, who impressed in his cameo appearance against Bolton, will be pushing for a start, whilst Martin Angha may also be drafted in at right-back in place of Hector Bellerin.

In an attempt to keep a happy camp, some of the players who didn’t make the squad on Monday, the likes of Josh Rees, Samir Bihmoutine and Nigel Neita could also be involved, although Zak Ansah and Jordan Wynter remain sidelined.

For the under-18s the big team news is that goalkeeper Josh Vickers, who conceded five goals on his debut at that level last week, has not made the trip due to injury, and, with Reice Charles-Cook now over-age and also carrying a knock, schoolboy stopper Ethan Ross could be handed a start. Elsewhere, winger Anthony Jeffrey continues in his pursuit of a professional contract, whilst Alex Iwobi, who showed flashes of potential after coming on last week could find himself elevated to the starting line-up.

Possible teams:

U21- Shea; Angha, Boateng, Miquel, Bihmoutine; Eastmond, Henderson; Ebecilio, Olsson, Gnabry; Akpom. Subs: Bellerin, Rees, Neita, Meade, Hajrovic, Toral, Eisfeld.

U18- Ross; Mugabo, Fagan, Hayden, Ormonde-Ottewill; Kamara, Jebb; Dawkins, Iwobi, Jeffrey; Lipman. Subs: Huddart, Uade, Dallison, Siemann.


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9 thoughts on “Rotation expected as U21s and U18s tackle Blackburn

    strand said:
    August 24, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Glen Kamara has been called up for Finland’s U18 team.

    They will face Switzerland 4th and 6th September.

    bc said:
    August 24, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Last chance to put a few bargains in the window. Cue squillaci eastmond arshavin park chamakh bendtner. i cant see any of them making the bench for stoke so as much as i love seeing the youngsters we need to make some room in the first team squad for new players

    bob said:
    August 24, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    eisfeld on the bench possibly for the under 21 game? i’d start him and i’d possibly even start toral

    Dann said:
    August 24, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Jeorge do you think the u-18s are comfortable with pat holland yet seeing as he has just arrived and cuts a quite intimidating figure, with the size of his stature and deep end accent.

      Jom said:
      August 24, 2012 at 11:38 pm

      they are used to intimidating surroundings so i would say give them 3 weeks then its fine.

    Wrenny said:
    August 24, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    Akpom and Gnabry looked great together in the last game. Fantastic combinations between them. I’m excited to see how they fare this season at U21 level and in the NextGen.

    I didn’t see Philip Roberts or Jordan Brown mentioned in your piece or in your possible line-ups, are they injured?

      LSOE said:
      August 25, 2012 at 7:35 am

      As discussed on the last game’s page Brown was playing in the u16 team.

    MQ said:
    August 25, 2012 at 1:46 am

    Does anyone have any idea what’s up w/ Henri Lansbury I really hope he is given a chance at AFC somehow?

      Gunner said:
      August 25, 2012 at 9:45 am

      Henri’s injured.

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