Joe Willock signs scholarship terms as Arsenal U18s are held by Swansea

Image: The FA

Image: The FA

Youngster Joe Willock has signed his scholarship deal with Arsenal and should make his first appearance of the season in the next few weeks.

The England youth international, who is the younger brother of U21 player Chris, featured for Arsenal at U18 level last season and was subsequently offered scholarship terms, but he deliberated over signing the deal.

He has now put pen to paper, though, and will be hopeful of making a similar impact to that of his brother, who has already featured for the first-team in friendly fixtures.

*Info via Andy’s Arsenal U18’s

Meanwhile, Arsenal U18s were held to a goalless draw away to their Swansea City counterparts in their latest league fixture today.

Striker Donyell Malen made his first start at this level, whilst fellow summer arrival Vlad Dragomir made the bench for the first time. Yassin Fortune was absent through injury but will be hopeful of featuring against Leicester City next week.

Frans De Kat’s side have made a mixed start to the season, winning four, drawing two and losing two of their opening eight fixtures.


Osei-Tutu-Da Graca-Pileas-Chatzitheodoridis




Subs: Phillips, Dragomir, Tella, Nketiah.



  1. I was at the game today and thought that I could pass on my thoughts (0-0)

    Huddart – 7 – difficult to score as he did not have much to do a spectator for most of the match
    Osei Tutu – 8 – real pace and power on the right flank
    Chatziheeodoridis – 7 – did the basics well did not get forward as well as Osei Tutu
    Da grace and Pilas – 7 – both did OK mostly in control
    Agyei Tabi – 8 – very good covered lots of ground good sharp passer.
    Gilmour – 6 – got better he longer the match lasted but struggled to impose himself
    Eyoma – 8 – MOTM very good caused Swansea lots of problems mainly on the left wing
    Robinson- 7 – looked quick but struggled with the final ball sometimes
    Malen – 6 – looks to be still finding his feet some nice touches though
    Da silva – 6 – imposing player at this level played blind Malen struggled with final ball

    Dragomir – only on for about 15 minutes but looked very good nearly scored with long range effort.

    Overall the Arsenal U18’s will be disappointed not to have won this one they had almost all of the possession particularly in the second half but seemed to miss a little bit of composure when needed most. They did not get the reward that their general play deserved. Eyoma was superb and tried to drive the team on showing leadership as will as ability.

    As you can tell I’m not a sports journalist, and my amateur views are just my impressions of the game.

    1. Dave – Well done for the ratings sounds like the boys were unlucky not to win. I’m sure the swansea team no wins all season so far will be happiest with 0-0 result.

      Did all the subs get on?

      1. Valentino, yea all the subs apart from the goalie were used. Malen and Da silva were replaced in the last15-20 mins. I’m not sure who Dragomir replaced.

  2. Hey jeorge quick question, whats happened to bennacer i thought he was to feature prominently at this level. Is he injured?

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