As one promising defensive-minded youngster returns, another is ruled out for a considerable period.
Julio Pleguezuelo is back available again, with the Spaniard having recovered from the injury that has hindered his start to the season. The centre-back, who made his non-competitive first-team debut against Boreham Wood in the summer, trained with Arsene Wenger’s squad on Friday prior to the game against Burnley and will now be eager to return to match action.
With the U21s without a game until December, Pleguezuelo could have a key part to play in the remainder of Arsenal’s UEFA Youth League campaign, which continues against Anderlecht at Boreham Wood on Tuesday. Pleguezuelo, if deemed fit enough, could replace Elliot Wright in the starting line-up.
Whilst Pleguezuelo’s return is hugely positive, there is some concerning news about Isaac Hayden, who has reportedly been ruled out for six weeks through injury.
Hayden, who was recently officially promoted to the first-team squad, is believed to have suffered the injury in a first-team training session prior to the Hull City game, which he otherwise would have been on the bench for. The England U20 international featured in the Capital One Cup defeat to Southampton in September.