Youngsters remain with first-team ahead of Newcastle game


Arsenal’s continued problems with injuries meant that several of the youngsters who were involved against Galatasaray in midweek continued to train with the first-team today.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Stefan O’Connor made their senior debuts against the Turkish side and could make the bench for tomorrow evening’s fixture against Newcastle United. Gedion Zelalem also trained.

Semi Ajayi, who is ineligible for the Champions League, was also present, along with Isaac Hayden, who has now fully recovered from injury. The U21 pair could provide some much needed cover in defence with Calum Chambers suspended and Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal injured.

Intriguingly Francis Coquelin was also present at the training session, despite the Frenchman’s loan deal at Charlton Atheltic recently being extended until the end of December. It appears that Arsenal may have opted to re-call Coquelin given his ability to play in various positions in defence and midfield.

Mathieu Debuchy should be able to feature against his former club after coming through the training session unscathed.

However, Chambers, Koscielny, Monreal, David Ospina, Serge Gnabry, Abou Diaby, Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil are all unavailable for tomorrow’s game. Tomas Rosicky is also doubtful.

Possible team:

Szczesny

Bellerin-Debuchy-Mertesacker-Gibbs

Flamini

Sanchez-Oxlade Chamberlain-Cazorla-Welbeck

Giroud

Subs: Martinez, Ajayi, Maitland-Niles, Zelalem, Podolski, Campbell, Sanogo.

4 comments

  1. Phhhh, so no akpom then. Seriously think he will leave now. Players unwilling to sign contracts in last year rarely decide to sign them unless you give them sufficient game time. Or at the very least a little bit of game time. Younger lads getting this involvement seems a likely clincher

  2. Hi Jeorge. My knowledge of Arsenal youth is essentially based on your website and the odd stream. Based on this I would have thought that Crowley should be ahead of Zelalem, and yet it is the latter that seems to get picked for the first team. Do you know why this might be and do you see Crowley anywhere near?

    1. I think crowley would have been in the squad on Tuesday if he was eligible for the champions league but Zelalem certainly seems to be preferred ahead of him at the moment.
      Both of them are excellent talents but I think they both have aspects of their game that need improvement before they can play in the premier league.

      I think crowley should actually be chosen ahead of Zelalem at the moment but I think they’ll both get their chances eventually.

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