Karl Hein trains with Arsenal first-team ahead of Benfica clash

Arsenal U23s goalkeeper Karl Hein trained with the first-team again at London Colney today.

Hein warmed up with Bernd Leno and Mat Ryan ahead of the game against Leeds United at Emirates Stadium last weekend and it now appears that he will travel with the squad to Rome for the first leg of the Europa League round of 32 clash against Benfica.

Arthur Okonkwo appeared to have edged ahead of Hein in the pecking order, but the Estonian is set to be one of two goalkeepers on the bench for Arsenal tomorrow night, with Alex Runarsson not registered for the Europa League.

Hein was previously on the bench for two games against Dundalk as well as the away game against Molde.


  1. I think it’s more likely okonkwo is being held back for the Man City match on Friday, though Runarsson, iliev and Hillson are all obvious alternatives.

  2. Thanks for that Jeorge, I wonder, do you know if Okonkwo has signed a new contract yet and if not do you think that he’s fallen behind Hein because of that, you know the Balogun scenario etc?

    1. He hasn’t signed a new deal as far as I’m aware but I don’t think that’s the reason why Hein has been chosen.

      On Thursday, February 18, 2021, Jeorge Bird's Arsenal Youth wrote:


  3. JB – I’m not on twitter but see your comment about the number of keepers allowed on the bench. I am pretty certain there is a rule that you are only allowed a maximum of 10 outfield players. You can have as many goalkeepers as you wish as long as the total amount of subs does not exceed 12.

      1. Ok then I got that wrong or did they?

        I like many others see no need for 3 goalkeepers in a match day squad, but then again I don’t see any need for 12 substitutes either.

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