Loan report – Nwakali scores on VVV-Venlo debut; Lucas and Asano feature

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Kelechi Nwakali made an instant impact on his debut for VVV-Venlo as he scored a stoppage time equaliser to secure a 1-1 draw away to Groningen. The midfielder had entered the fray in the 75th minute.

Lucas Perez made his first appearance of his third spell for Deportivo La Coruna, coming on as a 49th minute substitute in the 4-2 loss to Real Sociedad.

Stephy Mavididi started and played 78 minutes as Preston North End drew 1-1 with Barnsley.

Takuma Asano came on in the 72nd minute as Stuttgart lost 3-1 to Schalke.

Emiliano Martinez was an unused substitute as Getafe beat Leganes 2-1.

Marc Bola was an unused substitute as Bristol Rovers beat Walsall 2-1.

Cohen Bramall didn’t make the matchday squad as Birmingham City lost 1-0 to Norwich City. Carl Jenkinson missed out through injury.


Joel Campbell wasn’t involved as Real Betis lost 3-1 to Villarreal.



  1. 6 first teamers excused training ahead of tomorrow’s match. Cech, ramsey, xhaka, ozil, welbeck and lacazette will all be rested for Chelsea, whilst coquelin and cazorla are injured and koscielny suspended.

    Arsenal from
    Ospina, Macey
    Mustafi Holding Chambers Mertesacker Monreal
    Bellerin, Debuchy, Niles, willock, elneny, wilshire, Kolasinac
    Walcott, alexis, iwobi, Adelaide, Nelson
    Giroud, akpom, nketiah

    Personally I would go a bit further and rest mustafi, bellerin, Monreal, kolasinac. Giving all the 11 players who have played the most minutes, this season a rest ahead of Chelsea.

  2. JB – i see that 7 of 8 u mentioned have now been added to the Europa league. Virginia, Crean and medley are all still out though.

    However with 7 being added I expected to see a squad of 49, but there is still only 48. So someone else has been omitted, I just cannot see who?

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