Loan report- Afobe scores whilst Aneke impresses again



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.




  1. Djourou and Hamburg played yesterday against Hertha, and lost 3-0.

    I see Kyle Ebecilio scored again for Twente. Playing well this season, could be the one that got away.

    1. It goes to show why we sign these very talented foreign youngsters. Many commentators on this blog were of the opinion we were buying average kids from abroad and putting them ahead of British kids who were better. The careers that the foreign guys who don’t make it here go on to have prove their superior ability and vindicates our scouting.

      1. I am not being sarcastic here but which other foreign lads that have left are making it and proving their ability?

      2. Nordveit has been a Bundesliga regular for three years, Ozyakup has been capped by Turkey, Vela was La Liga player of the month for December, Ebecilio plays every game for Twente who are 2nd in the Eredivisie. A lot of guys already having very good careers.

  2. Afobe also won the penalty for the first goal, which saw the Reading defender sent off. A very promising performance, if he can do that regularly in the Championship then he could very well be good enough for the Premier League, although maybe not at Arsenal.

  3. I really hope Akpom can extend his loan at Brentford. He seemed to be getting some minutes off the bench and to do that at a top League One side at 18-years of age shows that the manager must rate him to some capacity.

  4. Can see Aneke and Afobe ending up at Brentford…the ex-Arsenal coaches there are slowly drawing in the talent they worked with at Hale End and Shenley.

  5. Seems a good a time and place as any to say R.I.P. to Niccolo Galli, who died on the 10th February 2001. The Arsenal youngster was, like those in this article, on loan to gain first team experience when he had a fatal accident on a scooter. Highly rated by the likes of Liam Brady and Arsene Wenger, and already having a Serie A appearance to his name, Niccolo was just 17 when he died.
    R.I.P. Niccolo.

  6. Wrenny – so arsenals academy scout highly talented foreigners to play first team football at other European clubs. You take pride in mentioning this when the amount of money spent to recruit all of these players plus wages and then watch them leave with a nominal sign on value is pitiful.
    It’s easier to go and buy league one players from Southampton and Charlton for millions than develop your own. I guess a proper academy teaches its players to bridge the gap between youth and first team football. It’s an academy in name only. Also the Premier league equilavents in Europe are a lot easier to play in than league 1.

    1. You seem to have missed my point entirely, even though I explained it quite clearly. Some have criticised the club for adding foreign youngsters who they believe are no better than the Hale End kids we already have at the club; accusing the club of giving preferential treatment to foreign kids, like Gnabry for example, who some said was no better than Anthony Jeffrey and should not be ahead of Jeffrey in the pecking order. Or why Ebecilio continued to get games while Kamara and Jebb stayed in the U18s. I think it’s quite apparent now why those decisions were made, and it had nothing to do with bias.

      As for the rest of your post: we scout and buy foreign talent same as every other top club, and some of them don’t make the grade like at every other club. Many of the fees are nominal and for success we’ve had I would say it’s proven to be a great investment. You’ll also find countless British products from our Academy all over the football league, we develop our own quite nicely. And if League One was a higher standard than the top leagues around Europe then it’s quite baffling that no European club is snapping up League One players.

  7. the best foreign youngster in the league atm its Uniteds new product Januzai. United like us have realised that foreign kids are more hungry for success and sacrifice more to achieve it. Take JET or Lansbury as examples. Woderfully naturally gifted players. ruined by fame. If they had put in say 7% more effort in their training, they probably would have made it at Arsenal.
    the margins are very small for the best. Look at stars like Van persie and Ronaldo.
    Ronaldo WEIGHS his food! so he gets exactly the grams his body needs. Van Persie never drinks and parties. hes always home, eat sleeps thinks football. he probably thinks about his next goal when makin love to his wife! But to be the best you have to be 110% focused.

    And talented young brits are to often derailed by the glamour of football. Just look at Cleverly…

  8. People always keep saying United produce so many great young brits. But i have not seen them create anybody “great”since the beckhams and scoleses. Their biggest talent now is Januzaj but he’s as much a United product as Gnabry is an Arsenal products.
    Yes they got Cleverly, Wellbeck and Evans, but non of them are exactly setting the world alight.

    Januzaj? he’s like Chesney, Theo,Zelalem and the rest. Came to the club aged 16. So in united terms we got allot of player that we produced ourselves.

  9. Djourou had another nightmare game. He was responsible or at least involved in two of the goals conceded. Hamburg has one of the worst defense in the Bundesliga. With Senderos kicked out Fulham, the famous Swiss duo who were supposed to the cornerstone of our defense have really been found out.
    Miquel is another one who does not seem to have progress since his early promises.
    With the exception of Matthew Upson and Ashley Cole, I cannot remember any other defender coached at the AFC academy who has played regularly in one of the top 5 leagues. Nordveit currently play mostly defensive midfield rather than in the defense.
    An urgent review is really necessary. Time to really teach the art of defending and tackling to our players.
    I had high hope for Bellerin, but the new Watford coach does not seem to fancy him.

    If a now fit Sanogo is given a chance and starts to deliver the goods, then it really is the end of Benik Afobe career at Arsenal.

    1. Senderos, the man who started for the mighty Valencia on Saturday in a 3-0 win? Don’t think he has done too bad for himself.

      1. Valencia are 8th in La Liga. They are not the force they used to be.
        Also all their defenders are injured, that’s why he was transferred during the winter transfer window. Let’s wait until they have all recovered to see if he is still in the first XI at the end of the season. I want to see if Valencia’s defense improves.

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