U20 World Cup round-up: Maitland-Niles assists; Zelalem goes off injured

The U20 World Cup in South Korea is well underway and here’s a look at how Arsenal’s two representatives have fared so far.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles – England

2017-05-24 10_31_07-Ainsley Maitland Niles of England in action during the UEFA U20... News Photo _

the FA

The prospect came on in the 66th minute as England got their campaign off to a superb start with a 3-0 victory over Argentina.

Maitland-Niles then produced an excellent performance in England’s 1-1 draw with Guinea, providing an assist for Lewis Cook.

The Three Lions conclude their group stage campaign on Friday when they take on the hosts South Korea.

Gedion Zelalem – United States


Zelalem started the United States’ 3-3 draw with Ecuador but had to be substituted in the 34th minute due to injury.

It isn’t clear whether the midfielder will be able to feature in today’s game against Senegal or Sunday’s fixture against Saudi Arabia.




  1. Update Zelalem out for 6 to 9 Months with ACL injury, will sit out most of his final year of his contract with Arsenal.. thoughts? renew or not?

    1. GZ needs to go to the Netherlands and play as an AM until he’s fully grown. The Eredivisie is a high-scoring league that will embrace his attacking skills without burdening him with defending the way Premier League and national team coaches want him to. Playing him as a dmid will just grind him down, same as has happened to Jack W. The problem with coaches today is they want 2 way players who can run all day and tackle. GZ will never be that type of player, but his outstanding vision and passing require the coach to build their side around that singular talent. This is the Riquelme dilemma.

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