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Reiss Nelson signs first professional contract with Arsenal


Talented winger Reiss Nelson has signed his first professional contract with Arsenal.

The England youth international, who turns 17 today, is widely seen as being one of the Gunners’ standout young talents and is already established as a key player for Arsenal’s U23 side.

Nelson has also gained valuable experience playing in the UEFA Youth League and for the U18s, while he has trained with the first-team on several occasions and is highly rated by manager Arsene Wenger.

The starlet becomes the second member of this year’s scholarship intake to sign professional terms after goalkeeper Joao Virginia did so earlier in the campaign.

With regards to the club’s remaining second-year scholars, Nathan Tella and Kostas Pileas will have meetings shortly to discover whether they will receive a professional deal.


Arsenal’s Dan Crowley joins Go Ahead Eagles on trial ahead of possible loan move

Arsenal midfielder Dan Crowley is on trial at Go Ahead Eagles ahead of a possible loan move.  

If the trial is successful then Crowley, whose temporary spell with Oxford United was cut short today, will spend the rest of the season with the Eredivisie side. 

The 19-year-old, who has yet to make a senior competitive appearance for Arsenal, is eager to get his career back on track after he also had a frustrating experience on loan at Barnsley last season. 

Several Arsenal youngsters are in Holland this season- Kelechi Nwakali and Stefan O’Connor are with Maastricht- while Tafari Moore is on loan at Utrecht as academy manager Andries Jonker makes good use of his connections in Dutch football. 

Crowley joined Arsenal amidst much hype in 2013 and has produced some superb performances at youth level but has so far found the adaptation to senior football rather difficult. 

Oxford confirm Dan Crowley’s return to Arsenal after loan is cut short


Oxford United have confirmed that Dan Crowley has returned to Arsenal after his loan spell with the club was cut short.

Crowley was initially set to remain with Oxford until the end of the season, but he has now gone back to the Gunners having not played regularly recently.

It is likely that the midfielder will go out on loan again in the January transfer window.

Crowley, who scored three goals in eleven appearances across all competitions for Oxford, also had his loan spell with Barnsley cut short last season.






Report- Nketiah strikes but Arsenal U19s are knocked out of UEFA Youth League by Basel

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Arsenal U19s were eliminated from the UEFA Youth League in the group stages after they drew 1-1 away to Basel today.

The young Gunners had to win by a scoreline other than 1-0 to progress and they were given hope of achieving that aim late on when the prolific Eddie Nketiah found the net, but Basel soon equalised through Martin Leichti as Andries Jonker’s side crashed out.

In truth, Arsenal’s failure to qualify doesn’t come as a major surprise, especially as the club elected not to register Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Gedion Zelalem as over-age players, while the likes of Ben Sheaf and Chris Willock didn’t feature prominently in the competition.

Arsenal were without the injured Kaylen Hinds but they were able to call upon a member of the first-team squad in Jeff Reine-Adelaide.


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Subs: Dragomir (for T. Bola, 30), Malen (for McGuane, 75). Not used: Virginia, Osei-Tutu, Eyoma, Olowu, Coyle.

Basel started brightly and dominated the early exchanges, but Arsenal created the first notable chance of the game, with captain Krystian Bielik knocking the ball down into the path of his central-defensive partner Kristopher Da Graca from a corner and the latter seeing his effort cleared off the line.

Nketiah then saw a shot saved, but Basel subsequently regained control of the game and came close to scoring prior to the interval.

Arsenal suffered a setback in the closing stages of the first-half, with Tolaji Bola having to be substituted due to injury which saw him replaced by Vlad Dragomir.

Luca Tausch caused problems for Arsenal’s defence in the early stages of the second half, with Hugo Keto having to be alert to make an impressive stop to thwart the Basel forward.

Eray Cumart then squandered an inviting opportunity for Basel before Nketiah put Arsenal ahead following good work from substitute Donyell Malen.

The lead didn’t last long, however, with Leichti’s late strike ending any hope that Arsenal had of making it through, while Basel progressed at their expense.

Loan report- Asano assists; Szczesny keeps clean sheet


Takuma Asano played 73 minutes and set up a goal for Christian Gentner as Stuttgart beat Erzgebirge 4-0.

Wojciech Szczesny kept a clean sheet as Roma beat Lazio 2-0.

Jack Wilshere played the whole game as Bournemouth beat Liverpool 4-3.

Joel Campbell came on in the 72nd minute as Sporting Lisbon beat Vitoria Setubal 2-0.

Ryan Huddart played the entirety of Eastleigh’s 3-3 draw with Halifax Town in the FA Cup.

Tafari Moore played 82 minutes as Utrecht II beat Emmen 3-1.

Jon Toral missed Granada’s 2-1 victory over Sevilla through injury.

Julio Pleguezuelo was absent for Mallorca’s 3-0 defeat to Real Valladolid due to suspension.

Kelechi Nwakali and Stefan O’Connor weren’t involved as Maastricht lost 2-0 to RKC Waalwijk.

Glen Kamara‘s Colchester United didn’t have a fixture this weekend.

Calum Chambers is expected to feature when Middlesbrough face Hull City tomorrow.

Dan Crowley has reportedly returned to Arsenal after his loan deal with Oxford United was cut short, but this has yet to be confirmed by either club.



Nketiah and Joe Willock score as Arsenal U18s come from behind to draw with Chelsea

Arsenal U18s came from behind to draw 2-2 at home to Chelsea today, with Edward Nketiah and Joe Willock finding the net. 

Chelsea took the lead through Ike Ugbo with just 30 seconds gone and doubled their advantage through Martell Tyler-Crossdale in the second period. 

However, Arsenal showed excellent resilience to come back, with Nketiah, who trained with the first-team yesterday, reducing the deficit following good work from Willock. 

Willock then found the net himself from the penalty spot to salvage a point for Arsenal. 

Arse all: Virginia; Osei-Tutu, Olowu, Pileas, T. Bola; DaSilva, Dragomir; Smith-Rowe, J. Willock, Malen; Nketiah. 

Info via ChelseaYouth