Author: Jeorge Bird

Reiss Nelson scores superb free-kick as England U21s beat Scotland

Reiss Nelson capped off another impressive display for England U21s by scoring in the 2-0 victory over Scotland tonight.

Having come off the bench to score and provide an assist in the thrashing of Andorra last week, Nelson was handed his first start for the U21s on this occasion.

The youngster, on loan at Hoffenheim, seized his opportunity as he found the net with a superb free-kick.

Eddie Nketiah and Tyreece John-Jules were also on target for England U20s and U18s respectively during the latest round of games.

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What next for Arsenal U18s as Kwame Ampadu joins Thierry Henry at Monaco?

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Arsenal U18s will have to appoint a new coach after Kwame Ampadu was named as part of Thierry Henry’s coaching staff at Monaco.

Ampadu, a former Arsenal youth player himself, coached at schoolboy level before being put in charge of the U18s two years ago.

In the ensuing period, Ampadu has managed to get Arsenal U18s performing more consistently in the league, while they also reached the final of the FA Youth Cup last season only to be heavily beaten by Chelsea.

Some of Ampadu’s tactical decisions in those games against Chelsea were bizarre, but, overall, his tenure in charge of the young Gunners was largely positive, even though it must be stressed that he has had some very talented players at his disposal.

Arsenal may not have won the U18 league under Ampadu but they at least challenged for the title and played some excellent football in the process.

The likes of Reiss Nelson, Emile Smith Rowe and Joe Willock amongst many others all benefited hugely from working under Ampadu.

Now, though, it is time to move on and Arsenal U18s will have a different man in the dugout for the game at home to Reading in a week’s time.

There is a possibility that an external appointment could be made in due course but in the short term the most likely scenario is that Trevor Bumstead, the current U16 coach, will step up to oversee developments.

Bumstead, who holds a UEFA A licence, joined Arsenal in 2014 and previously worked for West Ham United and Southend United.

Current U18 assistant coach Ken Gillard is another potential option.

Nelson scores on U21 debut; Nketiah, Willock and John-Jules also score for England youth sides

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It was a significant day for Arsenal’s many youngsters representing England at various youth level.

Following on from Emile Smith Rowe finding the net for England U19s, Reiss Nelson scored with an audacious flick after coming on as a substitute for his England U21 debut in the 7-0 thrashing of Andorra.

In addition, Eddie Nketiah, who trained with the senior squad yesterday, and Joe Willock were both on target for England U20s in their 2-1 win over Italy.

At U18 level, meanwhile, Tyreece John-Jules was on target in a 4-0 win over Sweden, with his Arsenal team-mates Bukayo Saka and Sam Greenwood also featuring.

Daniel Ballard scored the winner as Northern Ireland beat Austria 1-0.

Gilmour, Thompson and Pleguezuelo amongst nine youngsters to train with Arsenal first-team during international break

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It may be the international break, but first-team training is continuing as usual for Arsenal, with a host of youngsters making up the numbers.

James Olayinka, Tolaji Bola, Charlie Gilmour, Julio Pleguezuelo, Joseph Olowu, Tobi Omole, Zech Medley, Nathan Tormey and Dominic Thompson all trained with Unai Emery’s squad.

As far as first-team players are concerned, Emiliano Martinez, Nacho Monreal, Shkodran Mustafi, Hector Bellerin, Sead Kolasinac, Alex Lacazette, Carl Jenkinson, Stephan Lichtsteiner and Rob Holding all trained. Laurent Koscielny is in light training.

Bernd Leno, Danny Welbeck, Aaron Ramsey, Lucas Torreira, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Granit Xhaka, Sokratis, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alex Iwobi and Mohamed Elneny are all on international duty.

Meanwhile, Mesut Ozil, Petr Cech, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Konstantinos Mavropanos remain sidelined.

Regarding U23 players, Eddie Nketiah, Joe Willock, Robbie Burton, Tyreece John-Jules, Arthur Okonkwo, Bukayo Saka are among those on international duty.

Loan report – Nelson scores again; Asano goes off injured; Macey and Ospina keep clean sheets

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Reiss Nelson came on in the 62nd minute and scored his second Hoffenheim goal in the 80th minute as his loan side lost 2-1 to Eintracht Frankurt.

Takuma Asano started but went off injured after 14 minutes as Hannover beat Stuttgart 3-1.

David Ospina played the whole game and kept a clean sheet as Napoli beat Sassuolo 2-0.

Matt Macey played 90 minutes and kept a clean sheet as Plymouth Argyle beat AFC Wimbledon 1-0.

Krystian Bielik was an unused substitute as Charlton Athletic lost 2-1 to Coventry City.

Kelechi Nwakali wasn’t involved as Porto B lost 1-0 to Arouca.

Calum Chambers wasn’t permitted to feature as Fulham lost 5-1 to Arsenal.