Loan report- Wellington faces Campbell; Podolski hits post; Sanogo returns

Wellington and Joel Campbell, two players who could soon be in direct competition for a place in the Arsenal squad, faced each other today as Almeria took on Villarreal in La Liga.

The game ended goalless, but both of Arsenal’s representatives were heavily involved in proceedings. Campbell, who started on the right wing in a 4-4-2 formation before being withdrawn in the 66th minute, had a shot saved by goalkeeper Julian.

Later, a rapid run from Wellington later led to Villarreal’s Juame Costa being dismissed for a second bookable offence. Wellington, who has shown some encouraging signs of consistency this campaign, was heavily involved in the majority of Almeria’s attacking moves, including one occasion when he created a chance for Tomer Hemed.

Lukas Podolski was introduced as a substitute at the start of the second half and rattled the post with a fierce effort as Inter Milan drew 1-1 with Cesena.

Yaya Sanogo returned from injury to play the final ten minutes as Crystal Palace beat Queens Park Rangers 3-1. The striker was unable to find the net after he was found by Dwight Gayle.

Jon Toral was introduced in the 80th minute as Brentford lost 2-1 to Cardiff City. The Spanish midfielder sent a header over the crossbar before setting up a goalscoring opportunity for James Tarkowski.

Josh Vickers played the entirety of Concord Rangers’ 1-1 draw with Bath City. Other than the goal the youngster was barely called into action.

Carl Jenkinson was absent from West Ham United’s defeat to Arsenal under Premier League rules.

Ryo was again left out of FC Twente’s squad as his temporary side beat Zwolle 2-0. The winger has featured mainly for Twente’s reserve team in recent weeks and played the whole game at that level in the goalless draw with Den Bosch on Friday.



  1. Jorge, I personally think that he won’t but do you think that Wellington will make grade at Arsenal? Will he be offered a chance to impress during pre season? Is he more likely to be sold or will he be kept for six months at Arsenal before going on loan to a premiership club or even Championship so he can adapt to the more robust English game?
    What is you opinion of the U18 and the coaching staff?
    My opinion is that it isn’t working because the Dutch personnel still hasn’t adapt to the English culture. Different ways of playing, of refereeing, of preparing to the game. Some aspect are over coached when others are under coached, because they expect the kids to already know those things: tactics, spatial awareness, discipline, spotting danger, adaptability to changes during a game. In Holland U18 games are played as preparation to the first team. In England, winning U18 competition is important in itself. Hence the Authorised level of aggression and physical intensity is a lot less than in England. Also Dutch kids tend to analyse the game much more than English kids do. Very few English kids even bother reading about previous great players and tactics. That means that there is a gap in their knowledge of the game. If it was not on the premiership, they haven’t got a clue what they talk about. That lack of adaptability or football overall intelligence is what limits the English footballers. That starts with the kids but even the senior game is affected by that. Look at how LvG is struggling to explain to Jones, Smalling, Evans and Shaw what he wants from them. How come very few players can adapt to a non 4-4-2 or 4-5-1 system such as 3-4-3.

    1. I think Wellington’s future will be decided in pre-season but it will be difficult for him to make it here.

      On Mon, Mar 16, 2015 at 12:36 AM, Jeorge Bird's Arsenal Youth wrote:


    2. England got one of the best academies in the world. No doubt. But England also lack coaches of the highest level. i don’t remember what it called… maybe A-level or something. But Germany got the most of them, Netherland and Spain got a lot of them too. England had less than Italy. Seeing the academies around the world, rankings are showing exactly the result of this. When it comes to producing local talents, england fall behind big time. Germany and Spain, especially germany are on their way to take the #1 spot. Take a look at their league.. it´s full of local talents and we are talking about top class talents in every team.

      In britain most teams are not producing enough top class talents to be able to compete for a spot.

      Its nothing about intelligence. If that was the case then that would reflect in every area of the society.

      This is a very interesting subject. Having recruit all dutch coaches and me knowing they got one of the best academy coaches in the world. It will be very interesting to see what they can do. Its a long term project for sure. There is no reason to panic this season. Lets see what they can do in 4-5 years time.

      1. England DO NOT HAVE the best academies in the world. It may have the best infrastructure, but having a nice building with magnificent facilities does not make a academy GREAT. When comparing the number of England (I mean working in England not necessarily English) coaches with UEFA Pro A and B Licences with the number in other European countries, it is obvious that England lags behind. There is a statistic that there are more coaches with the top UEFA qualifications just in Madrid than in the whole of England.
        Regarding teaching, I believe that the way kids (even before they join the academy) are taught and overall expectations have a massive influence. In England, kids can decide pretty early on not to study a subject. The result science especially mathematics is viewed as difficult and complex, so it’s OK to be crap at it. Look at how boffins are derided in most red top tabloids. So you can A levels in media and economy without a sound mathematics base. In France all Baccalaureat (equivalent to A levels) require a level in a much broader number of subject. The same in Germany, Holland and Spain. In those countries, Geometry is not optional. Guess what, geometry can be quite useful in explaining football formation.
        Football intelligence, but also curiosity and hunger to learn and not just play are quite often the difference between a good player and a great player. Check the number of languages an average Dutch footballer speaks and compare that with the few English players who have played abroad.
        If you think that the English education system does not affect other area of life, then you are seriously deluded. Go to the city, nearly all the quants (mathematical programmer or researchers) there are French, German, Russian or Greek. Moreover most of the few English quants tend to be 2nd generation Chinese or Korean immigrants who in general view education as essential.
        I am not saying that the Arsenal Dutch coaches are bad, just that until now they have not been able to adapt to the English system and the English trained kids. Maybe I am wrong and that generation is just a poor batch. However I suspect that the reality is that because the environment is so different from the Netherlands, the coaches will not be successful by just using the same methods and tricks that work there. Without changes, the few who will succeed at Arsenal would have succeeded anyway.

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