Author: Jeorge Bird

Exclusive: Arsenal set to release Nathan Tella at end of season

Arsenal have informed winger Nathan Tella that he won’t be offered a professional contract when his scholarship deal expires at the end of June. 

The 17-year-old has made nine appearances for the U18s this season and scored against Tottenham Hotspur on his return from injury but won’t be offered fresh terms. 

Tella, who joined Arsenal as an under-nine player, fended off competition  from Brooklyn Beckham to earn a scholarship deal at Arsenal. 

The youngster possesses pace and power in abundance but the club are eager to avoid a repeat of the situation that saw Savvas Mourgos and Aaron Eyoma turn professional only for them to barely feature for the older age groups so far this season. 

Tella can now look for a new club but he is still permitted to train with Arsenal and play for the U18s, with there being a possibility that the Gunners could reverse their decision on him before the conclusion of the campaign. 

Defender Kostas Pileas will discover soon whether he will be awarded a professional deal. 

Meanwhile the other remaining second year scholar, Joe Willock, has been offered a professional deal but has yet to sign it. 

Report – Bramall debuts and Nketiah hits decisive goal as Arsenal U23s beat Southampton

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Southampton 1 Arsenal 3 (Mavididi, Nketiah, C. Willock)


Cohen Bramall made his debut and Eddie Nketiah struck a late winner as Arsenal U23s came from behind tonight to beat their Southampton counterparts 3-1 away today. 

There was much hype surrounding the signing of Bramall, who joined from non-league Hednesford Town, and, after a sluggish start, he soon settled in well at left-back and completed 83 minutes. 

Coach Steve Gatting fielded a strong side with Chuba Akpom continuing his rehabilitation from injury while Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Jeff Reine-Adelaide also featured. 

Arsenal played some slick passes in the first half with Reiss Nelson at the heart of most of their good moves but the young Gunners were unable to find the net. 

Southampton posed a threat at the other end and, after having a goal disallowed when the ball deflected in off Akpom, the visitors took the lead with Jonathan Afolabi’s effort getting the better of Hugo Keto. 

Arsenal showed impressive resilience to respond in the second half. Firstly Stephy Mavididi levelled matters, with the attacker finding the net with a powerful finish. 

Then it was Nketiah’s turn to get on the scoresheet as the prolific forward finished calmly. 

There was still time for Chris Willock to add a third as he sent a well placed effort into the back of the net to add gloss to the scoreline. 

Arsenal: Keto; Johnson, Bielik, Sheaf, Bramall; Maitland-Niles, Reine-Adelaide; Nelson, Mavididi, C. Willock; Akpom. Subs: Virginia, DaSilva, Dragomir, Nketiah, Zelalem. 

Loan report – Nwakali assists; Crowley makes debut


Kelechi Nwakali played the whole game, provided an assist and was named man of the match as Maastricht beat Helmond Sport 2-0. Stefan O’Connor was an unused substitute.

Dan Crowley made his debut for Go Ahead Eagles as he came on in the 76th minute of the 3-1 defeat to AZ Alkmaar.

Jon Toral played 45 minutes in a friendly as Rangers were thrashed 4-0 by RB Leipzig.

Wojciech Szczesny kept a clean sheet as Roma beat Udinese 1-0.

Jack Wilshere played the full game as Bournemouth lost 3-1 to Hull City.

Calum Chambers played the entirety of Middlesbrough’s goalless draw with Watford.

Joel Campbell played the first half before being substituted as Sporting Lisbon drew 2-2 with Chaves.

Takuma Asano featured as a second-half substitute as Stuttgart drew 0-0 with Duisburg in a friendly.

Julio Pleguezuelo was an unused substitute as Mallorca drew 1-1 with Getafe.

Tafari Moore is likely to feature when Utrecht II take on NAC Breda tomorrow.

Malen scores and assists as Arsenal U18s beat Leicester

Image: Telegraph

Donyell Malen produced an impressive performance as Arsenal U18s returned to winning ways with a 3-0 victory away to Leicester City today. 

The Dutchman hasn’t always been at his best this season but he was in inspired form against the Foxes as he found the net and also provided an assist for Jordi Osei-Tutu. 

Arsenal were determined to bounce back from the defeat they suffered to Brighton. Coach Kwame Ampadu made several alterations to his team with Tolaji Bola, Marcus McGuane and Emile Smith-Rowe all coming into the side. 

The young Gunners took the lead through Emile Smith-Rowe with half an hour gone before Malen made it 2-0 after being found by Yassin Fortune. 

Late on Osei-Tutu sealed the win after latching onto Malen’s pass. 

There was another positive for Arsenal as Charlie Gilmour played almost the entire game as he continues his return to full sharpness. 

Arsenal: Crean; Osei-Tutu, Ballard, Olowu, T. Bola; McGuane, Gilmour; Smith-Rowe, Coyle, Fortune; Malen. 

Subs: Tella (for Fortune, 64), J. Willock (for McGuane, 71), Omole (for Gilmour). Not used: Barden. 

Colchester confirm Glen Kamara has returned to Arsenal following loan spell 

Colchester United have confirmed that midfielder Glen Kamara has returned to Arsenal following the expiry of his loan spell. 

The midfielder made six appearances during his loan spell and was unable to command a regular place in the starting line-up. 

It is anticipated that Kamara, who had a loan spell with Southend United last season, could head out on temporary transfer again before the end of the month. 

Arsenal’s Ismael Bennacer called up by Algeria for Africa Cup of Nations

Arsenal midfielder Ismael Bennacer has recieved a late call up to the Algeria squad for the Africa Cup of Nations. 

The youngster, who regularly plays for Arsenal’s U23 side, made his senior debut for Algeria against Lesotho in September.

Bennacer’s absence means that he is set to miss several U23 games for Arsenal, including the fixtures away to Southampton and at home to Chelsea. 

Via ArsenalAlgeria