Benik Afobe scored his first goal for Sheffield Wednesday, with the striker earning considerable praise for his performance in yesterday’s 2-0 victory over Reading.
Afobe, who had a short loan spell with Reading two seasons ago, caused problems for the opposition throughout his 73 minutes on the pitch and made it 2-0 with a well taken effort from close range. He also won the penalty from which his side opened the scoring. Sheffield Wednesday manager Stuart Gray said: “I’m grateful to Arsenal for letting us have Afobe. He’s got real talent and caused Reading a lot of problems with his pace and power.” Damian Martinez was an un-used substitute.
Chuks Aneke played the whole game as Crewe Alexandra drew 3-3 with Bradford City. Uche Ikpeazu gave Crewe the lead after Aneke’s shot was parried and the Arsenal midfielder teed up the same player to score again in the second-half. Aneke also came close to scoring himself late on.
Joel Campbell played the first 71 minutes but wasn’t amongst the scorers as Olympiacos trounced Veria 5-0.
It was a disappointing day for Arsenal’s loanees as Leicester City drew with Watford, with none of the Gunners’ three players featuring for a single minute. Hector Bellerin was an un-used substitute for Watford, whilst Ju-Young Park and Ignasi Miquel were left out of their respective squads entirely.
Francis Coquelin remained on the bench throughout as Freiburg drew 1-1 with Hoffenheim.
Daniel Boateng was an un-used substitute as Hibernian lost 3-2 to Raith Rovers in the Scottish Cup.
It seems as if Chuba Akpom has played his last game for Brentford, with the striker set to return from his loan spell tomorrow in time to play a part in Arsenal’s FA Youth Cup commitments.
Neither Austin Lipman or Josh Vickers were involved for their respective loan clubs this weekend, with both players set to feature for Arsenal in the FA Youth Cup this week.
Johan Djourou played the whole game as Hamburg lost 3-0 to Hertha Berlin, whilst Wellington came on as a late substitute as Murcia beat Deportivo La Coruna 1-0.