Loan report- Frimpong impresses on Charlton debut, Roberts assist against Celtic

Injury again robbed Ryo of an opportunity to make the Wigan squad, but Benik Afobe was handed a start for in their 1-1 draw with Brighton. The striker wasn’t heavily involved, and was withdrawn on the hour mark.

Emmanuel Frimpong lasted 66 minutes before injury forced him to be substituted on his debut for Charlton against Huddersfield, which also ended in a 1- 1 draw. The powerful midfielder was largely impressive, making several of his trademark crunching tackles and demonstrating some improvement in his distribution.

Chuks Aneke completed the whole game and hit a couple of efforts over the bar as Crewe beat Crawley in League One, whilst Craig Eastmond played 70 minutes as Colchester suffered a disastrous 5-1 loss to MK Dons. The midfielder was the victim of several late challenges.

Conor Henderson again missed out for Coventry, with the midfielder having picked up another small injury, whilst it hardly seems worth checking whether Daniel Boateng is involved for Oxford United, with the defender having scarcely featured for the League Two side in recent weeks.

In Scotland, Philip Roberts made one of the most significant contributions of his embryonic career, with the striker setting up Inverness Caledonian Thistle’s only goal as they caused a major upset by beating Celtic 1-0. Roberts broke down the right flank in the 64th minute and crossed for Billy McKay to score and give Inverness their first ever win at Celtic Park in the SPL.

In Spain, Joel Campbell was an un-used substitute as Real Betis shocked Real Madrid with a 1-0 victory. Ju-Young Park‘s Celta Vigo are in action tonight, whilst Samuel Galindo didn’t feature for Lugo against Villarreal B. Wellington was once again on the bench for Ponferradina.

Denilson‘s Sao Paulo and Nicklas Bendtner‘s Juventus both play tonight.



  1. Sound bite about Robert from inverness fans

    He could quite a bit of stick and i bet many would have preferred him to be warming the bench when he put in a glorious cross for the winner. He is far from the finished article and I still dont think he is comfortable playing wide but – how may times was he the “out” choice for the others ? – how many times did he hug the touch line and actually take people on ? – How many times did he plough a lonely furrow and ate up the seconds ? Shure he fecked it up as much as he succeeded but his mere pace shook that Cellic defence and they ended up double marking him at times.

    Frimpong had a steady game for charlton who were impressed with his tracking back and tackling. He should glimpses of his passing range but wasn’t spectacular though most chrarlton fans seemed to range his perforce out of ten between a 7 and a 8. Came off with a cramp but seems fine. Chrarlton fans also,said the team seemed to have lacked defensive stability once he came off.

    Chuks appeared to have a relatively quiet game judging from feed back BUT It was basically his Defense splitting pass that set up ldv to tap into an empty net.

  2. I have been a regular reader of your site hoping to get an indication of potential talent before it gets known in the main stream.
    Whilst your site is very good the same doesnt seem apparent with the current crop of loanees?
    Generally a pretty disappointing set of (non/) performances.I would like to expect many of the youngsters to be shining more often than notin the lower leagues so proving they have a future at Arsenal and to give the manager an excuse not to spend the money he seems reluctant to spend.
    Unfortunately they regularly seem to be either injured , out of the team, or at best having no real impact on the games they are in. The more senior pro’s who many have made their mind up about certainly arnt proving anyone wrong.
    Chuks Aneke has sporadically impressed but by no means proved he can be a world beater yet. I see Frimpong’s loan at Charlton as pivotal to his long term future, like Song I hope it will be the making of him as his development has been hindered in the last few years through injury.
    Wellington and Campbellhave been big disappointments I obviously placed too much importance on their excellent you tube clips as neither seem ready to challenge for a1 st team place imminently.
    Sorry to be so negative but Isee these set of reports as yet another indication that the club is struggling to replicate the glories achieved in the 1 st half of Wengers reign and evidence that the answer didn’t lie in the next up and coming generation.

    I Lookforward to be proven wrong.

  3. Jeorge,
    Good update as always. Any idea why people are saying Frimpong could be off in the summer? Has AW decided that he does not have enough quality to justify inclusion in squad? This sounds strange especially as he is not 21 yet..

  4. Arseblog alluded to the fact that Frimpong might be leaving after his loan spell. Whilst he doesn’t boast to be an insider he has a very, very good reputation amongst Gooners and bloggers and seldom posts rumours.

    He hasn’t stated any sources (as far as I’m aware) for the news but included it in his coverage as fact.

  5. Went to the Crewe game and they are looking a tidy team with a lot of energy. They got this loanee from Fulham who is getting on the end of a lot of build up play. Reminds me of Ian Rush – the way he runs off the back line. Chucksy played deeper and controlled the tempo of the game. His through ball for the second goal was diamond. If he improves his shooting, he could get 15 by the end of this season. He makes them play and I spoke to the crewe mob and they said that if the new blood in there team had started the season with them, they would be in the top four. Think they have won 4 out of the last 7 games

  6. Possible youth cup squad against Newcastle tonight:

    Fagan Siemann
    Bellerin (Hayden) Ormonde-Ottewill
    Toral Hayden
    Gnabry Olsson (Mugabo) Jeffrey

    subs: Vickers / Mugabo / Iwobi / Lipman / Brown
    or Hayden for Siemann and Mugabo for Hayden

  7. Sorry:

    Bellerin Fagan Siemann (Hayden) Ormonde-Ottewill

    Toral Hayden (Mugabo)
    Gnabry Olsson Jeffrey

    subs: Vickers / Mugabo / Iwobi / Lipman / Brown
    or Hayden for Siemann and Mugabo for Hayden

    1. are you stupid or what? 3 post and almost the exact same shit. Siemann has rarely play in the CB for U18. What makes you think he suddenly can play 90 min for a major competition for us? Toral has got a chance to prove for us in the U19 and U21.. doesn’t look like he is that special to me. Let Jebb play and Akpom with Lipman upfront. Both was great for U16 and England national team and both know each other very well on the pitch. Why separate them when they can deliver goals? And a good performance. Toral gets to play a lot ahead of Jebb which I think is not deserved. Its getting ridiculous when some youth players get favor ahead.

      1. Relax man! Shame jebb and toral are similar players at central midfield but there’s no reason why both cant make it though I do doubt it. We only get one perspective but the coaches receive first hand info In these matters and I doubt they’re biased considering they are English. At any rate I don’t care whether they’re foreign or English as long as they are loyal. However you do have a point in the sense that the coaches may feel inclined to give the benefit of the doubt to players like toral due to the curcumstqnces under which they were signed (rejecting various other overtures) and may feel a hint of guilt at dropping them much like wenger does. It may also be a consequence of promises made prior to the, joining the club. No one really knows though but time will tell.

      2. Just tried to make it look like positioning in the field, but you can’t do it here, nor can’t you delete your posts, sorry, looks like little stupid, must admit. Jebb hasn’t convinced me this season yet, but i hope he will. There’s allways few youngsters who gets lots of hype in here yet don’t deliver in field. It looks like Jebb is one of them but like i said, i hope he proves me wrong.

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