Author: Jeorge Bird

Loan report- Maitland-Niles named Ipswich player of the month; Zelalem assists

Ainsley Maitland-Niles delivered a lively performance before being replaced with 71 minutes gone as Ipswich Town drew 2-2 with Bristol City. Maitland-Niles’ impressive displays saw him named the club’s player of the month for September.

Chuba Akpom played the whole game and came close to scoring as Hull City drew 1-1 with Blackburn Rovers. Isaac Hayden was an un-used substitute.

Carl Jenkinson played the whole game as West Ham United drew 2-2 with Norwich City.

Gedion Zelalem played 62 minutes before being replaced by fellow Arsenal academy product Dean Shiels as Rangers beat Greenock Morton 4-0. The midfielder set up a goal for James Tavernier with a neat pass.

Emiliano Martinez played the entirety of Wolverhampton Wanderers’ 1-1 draw with Preston North End.

Jon Toral played 62 minutes as Birmingham City lost 2-0 to Rotherham United. The Spanish midfielder had a powerful effort saved by Lee Camp.

Wellington started and had a couple of attempts saved before being replaced in the 71st minute as Bolton Wanderers drew 2-2 with Brighton & Hove Albion.

Dan Crowley was introduced in the 71st minute and was booked for a late challenge as Barnsley beat Gillingham 2-0.

Serge Gnabry will be hoping to feature when West Bromwich Albion play Everton tomorrow.

Yaya Sanogo wasn’t involved as Ajax beat Groningen 2-0.

Wojciech Szczesny missed Roma’s 5-1 win over Carpi through injury.

Iwobi strikes winner as Arsenal U21s hold on to beat Wolves

U21 Premier League

Wolverhampton Wanderers2  Arsenal 3 (C. Willock, Mavididi, Iwobi)

Arsenal U21s maintained their perfect start to the campaign as they beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-2 away tonight to secure their fifth victory in succession.

Arsenal fell behind early on but gained control courtesy of goals from Chris Willock and the in-form Stephy Mavididi and proceeded to dominate the game, with Alex Iwobi’s strike adding further gloss to the scoreline.

A strike from Jordan Graham ensured a nervous finish, but Arsenal held on to claim all three points.

As expected Willock came into the side in place of the injured Jeff Reine-Adelaide, whilst Deyan Iliev, Stefan O’Connor and Chiori Johnson also missed out.


Moore-Bielik-Pleguezuelo-M. Bola


Iwobi-Hinds-C. Willock


Subs: Huddart, Mourgos (for C. Willock), Chatzitheodoridis, Robinson, Eyoma.

Arsenal started brightly, with Ben Sheaf seeing a volleyed effort saved, but Wolves responded through Eusebio Bancessi, whose effort was more Helder Postiga than Eusebio.

His next attempt, however, would put Wolves ahead after good work down the left flank from Tommy Rowe.

The comparatively experienced Rowe was causing considerable problems for the Arsenal defence and Matt Macey, who was on the bench for the first-team at White Hart Lane on Wednesday, was forced to make an excellent save to prevent the young Gunners from falling further behind.

That stop appeared to inject the entire Arsenal side with confidence and they duly equalised through Willock, who finished well to make it 1-1 with his first goal at this level.

Bancessi continued to pose an intermittent threat to the Arsenal goal, but Steve Gatting’s side were in front before the interval when Mavididi finished from close range to score his fifth goal in as many games at this level this season.

Kaylen Hinds has been impressive going forwards for Arsenal this season but the youngster was an unlikely hero defensively when he made a spectacular overhead clearance to keep out Bancessi’s latest effort in the dying embers of the first half.

Arsenal had chances to extend their lead after the break, with Iwobi and Sheaf both coming close before an intelligent intervention from Rowe denied Mavididi.

Iwobi then tried his luck again after good work from Kamara, but the youngster, who was called up to the senior Nigeria squad for the first time this week, couldn’t find the net.

The momentum was clearly in Arsenal’s favour, with Hinds then seeing a shot saved and Willock shooting over.

Hinds came perilously close to making it 3-1 when he struck the crossbar following good work in the build-up from Iwobi. It was Iwobi himself who would eventually get the third after taking advantage of some hesitant Wolves defending.

There would be another twist in the tale, however, with Wolves quickly reducing the deficit through Graham.

Former Aston Villa winger Graham sent a free-kick just wide as Wolves cranked up the pressure.

Arsenal, though, managed to hold on, with the introduction of Savvas Mourgos for his U21 debut helping the Gunners to run down the clock.

Agyei-Tabi trains with Arsenal first-team as Coquelin misses out

First-year scholar Marcus Agyei-Tabi was selected to train with the Arsenal first-team squad this morning ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League game against Leicester City. 

The central-midfielder has been in impressive form for the club’s U18 side this season and was drafted in for the session as the U21s were preparing to take on Wolverhampton Wanderers. 

Francis Coquelin was absent through injury, whilst Jack Wilshere, Tomas Rosicky and Danny Welbeck are still out.

Santi Cazorla is available tomorrow after suspension but Gabriel will serve a one-game ban. 

Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi earns senior Nigeria squad call-up

Arsenal winger Alex Iwobi has been called up to the Nigeria senior squad for the first time for the upcoming friendlies against Congo and Cameroon.

The Hale End product, who could make his competitive debut for the Arsenal first-team against Tottenham Hotspur in the Capital One Cup tonight, trained with the Nigeria U23 side last season and previously represented England at youth level.

Robinson hits brace as Arsenal U18s come from behind to beat Tottenham 5-3

Arsenal U18s staged an impressive comeback to eventually beat their Tottenham Hotspur counterparts 5-3 at London Colney today.

The young Gunners found themselves two goals down after just seven minutes after Marcus Edwards and Kaziah Sterling found the net, but Yassin Fortune’s header from Nathan Tella’s cross reduced the deficit.

In an enthralling encounter Edwards then scored his second goal of the game to make it 3-1 to Tottenham, but Arsenal subsequently found the net again from the penalty spot through Reiss Nelson.

Tottenham had goalkeeper Thomas McDermott to thank for preventing Arsenal from inflicting further damage late in the first-half, but he was powerless to prevent the dangerous Tyrell Robinson from scoring a brace in the second period, which swung the game in Arsenal’s favour.

Arsenal weren’t finished there, however, with Edward Nketiah continuing his excellent start to the season as he made it 5-3 late on.

Three Arsenal youngsters likely to make squad for Tottenham game

Arsenal face Tottenham Hotspur in the Capital One Cup 3rd Round tomorrow night, and, whilst manager Arsene Wenger is set to field a stronger side than he usually does in this competition, several youngsters are still in contention to feature at White Hart Lane. 
Goalkeeper Matt Macey, for instance, is likely to be on the bench, as deputy to David Ospina, with first-choice shot-stopper Petr Cech poised to be rested. 
Winger Alex Iwobi, meanwhile, is set to be included in the squad and will be hopeful of making his competitive debut for the first-team at some point during the evening. 

With Francis Coquelin out injured, defensive-midfielder Glen Kamara, who has trained with the squad on several occasions recently, may make the bench as cover for Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini. 

The rest of the squad is likely to be comprised of first-team players, with Per Mertesacker available again after illness, whilst Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey all trained today. 

Arsenal’s Jeff Reine-Adelaide set to miss two months through injury

Image: AMA

Image: AMA

Arsenal’s Jeff Reine-Adelaide is set for a spell on the sidelines, with the youngster poised to miss around two months through injury.

The French winger has made an impressive start to life in North London since joining the club from Lens in the summer, but he suffered a serious-looking injury in the recent U21 fixture away to Newcastle United and has now been informed that he will be out for a prolonged period.

The news will be disheartening for the 17-year-old, who would otherwise have been in contention to make his competitive first-team debut against Tottenham Hotspur in the Capital One Cup this week.

It isn’t currently clear exactly what side Arsene Wenger will field at White Hart Lane, but Alex Iwobi, Krystian Bielik, Julio Pleguezuelo, Glen Kamara and Matt Macey are the youngsters who are currently closest to the first-team squad and some of them could train with the senior side tomorrow.

*Info via Andy’s Arsenal U18’s.