Big season ahead as Keto seeks to establish himself for Arsenal U21s


One of the endearing memories of Arsenal’s 2015/16 campaign at youth level was the heroics of Hugo Keto in the FA Youth Cup fifth round  victory over Coventry City, with the young Gunners prevailing after the Finnish goalkeeper made several saves in a dramatic penalty shoot out.

That was far from Keto’s only contribution in a hugely impressive campaign, with the prospect also delivering some encouraging performances in the UEFA Youth League.

This season, with Ryan Huddart having gone out on loan, Keto will hope to break into the U21 side on a regular basis at some point, and the 18-year-old will be eager to test himself against strong opponents.

A good commander of his penalty area who issues instructions to his team-mates with regularity, Keto copes well under pressure and possesses excellent reflexes. Although he made some errors in his first season at the club, Keto was rather more reliable during 2015/16 and he will hope that the new campaign will be even more fruitful as he aims to edge closer to achieving his aim of breaking into the first-team squad.

Deyan Iliev is currently ahead of Keto in the pecking order at the club, but, with the Macedonian still recovering from a serious injury, there is a possibility that Keto could start the campaign as Arsenal’s first-choice goalkeeper at U21 level, especially if Matt Macey is sent out on loan.

Keto should continue to receive much game time in the Youth League, although he is no longer eligible to feature as an overage player in the U18s.

The youngster demonstrated his vast potential this campaign, and is likely to receive his chance in the second-string at some point during the forthcoming season. With the way he has developed so far, it seems likely that Keto will seize this latest opportunity.




  1. Do you think wenger has decided to keep 3 over 21 keepers this summer?

    Can Macey stay at the club and play as an overage keeper in the u21s and also in the league cup and fa cup? Or does a player have to be registered in the EPL 25 if he does not go on loan and was born 1994 or before? If so could wellington and sanogo, do the same?

    1. You can play unregistered EPL25 players in cup competitions, so there is that possibility.
      We rarely name more than 21 or 22 players in the squad anyway, so I am guessing it is an unlikely problem.
      Really cannot see both Martinez and Macey staying though – maybe both going. Would be happy for Martinez to replace Ospina (rather than a new signing) if the Colombian leaves, but see little point in Martinez being a #3 – so if Ospina stays then loan for Martinez.

  2. Lliev has never impressed me even before his injury, he never looks confident although is a good shot stopper. Out of all our keepers he would be the one to let go. I was surprised when he signed his last contract.

  3. Jeorge – what do you think of the overall keeper situation next season? What of Cech, Ospina, Szczesny – if Macey and Martinez are also contenders for third spot, atm, then what would the hierarchy be? Who goes?

    1. I think one of Ospina and Szczesny will be second choice. one of Martinez and Macey will probably be third choice, with the other going on loan.

      On Thu, Jun 23, 2016 at 8:04 AM, Jeorge Bird's Arsenal Youth wrote:


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