Folarin Balogun goal not enough as Arsenal exit Future Cup following 4-1 loss to Bayern Munich

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Arsenal’s youngsters were knocked out of the Future Cup today after they were beaten 4-1 by Bayern Munich.

Having lost to Anderlecht and beaten Paris Saint-Germain, Arsenal knew that they had to at least avoid defeat in this fixture in order to stand a chance of progressing to the latter stages.


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Subs: Barden, Amaechi, Olayinka, Spencer-Adams, Mussah, Balogun, Matthews

However, once again Arsenal were vulnerable defensively, with full-backs Vontae Daley-Campbell and Dominic Thompson especially culpable.

Bayern were impressive going forwards and established a four goal lead before schoolboy Folarin Balogun scored a late consolation for Arsenal.

Arsenal, who won the competition last year, will face Benfica tomorrow in the 5th/6th place play-off.

Future Cup – Smith-Rowe impresses as Arsenal lose to Anderlecht and beat PSG (inc. highlights)

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Arsenal’s youngsters had mixed fortunes as they commenced their defence of the Future Cup in Holland today, with the young Gunners losing to Anderlecht before beating Paris Saint-Germain.

Players born in 2000 or later are eligible to play in this tournament but Arsenal were deprived of the services of one of their best prospects in midfielder Trae Coyle, who missed out through injury, while Nathan Tormey is still sidelined.

First-year scholars: Zech Medley, Emile Smith-Rowe, Dominic Thompson

U16s: Daniel Barden, Tyreece John-Jules, Vontae Daley-Campbell, Matthew Smith, James Olayinka, Mark McGuinness, Xavier Amaechi, Bayli Spencer-Adams, Folarin Balogun, Zach Swanson

U15s: Arthur Okonkwo, Bukayo Saka, Matthew Dennis, Ben Cottrell, Samuel Okoye-Ahaneka

Info via @AFCFixtureNews

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Subs: Okonkwo, Spencer-Adams, Swanson, Dennis, Mussah, Cottrell, Balogun.

Arsenal struggled defensively against Anderlecht as they fell three goals behind but the hugely talented Emile Smith-Rowe scored a consolation from the penalty spot.

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Subs: Barden, Daley-Campbell, Thompson, John-Jules, Spencer-Adams, Okoye-Ahenuku.

Arsenal fared rather better in their second game, with Smith-Rowe and James Olayinka on target in a 2-1 victory against Paris Saint-Germain.

Report: Stefan O’Connor returns to Arsenal after Maastricht loan is terminated

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Defender Stefan O’Connor has reportedly returned to Arsenal after his frustrating loan spell at Dutch club MVV Maastricht was terminated early.

O’Connor has been restricted to just four senior appearances for his temporary side this season and has often been left out of the matchday squad altogether.

The centre-back, who has made one senior appearance for Arsenal, is likely to be released by the Gunners this summer, with Glen Kamara, Kristopher Da Graca and Savvas Mourgos other candidates to depart.

While O’Connor has seemingly returned from Maastricht, another Arsenal player, Nigerian midfielder Kelechi Nwakali, is continuing to thrive for the club.


Report- Nketiah scores hat-trick as Arsenal U18s beat Manchester City 4-3

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The prolific Eddie Nketiah scored a hat-trick as Arsenal U18s came from behind to beat their Manchester City counterparts 4-3 at London Colney today. 

Coach Kwame Ampadu named a very strong side comprised mainly of second-years but it was City who took the lead through Lukas Nmecha in the 14th minute. 

Arsenal were soon level, however, with Nketiah making it 1-1 after he finished well following good build up play from Joe Willock. 

Nketiah proceeded to score again to put Arsenal in the ascendancy but Jadon Sancho’s strike meant that the two sides were level at the break. 

The drama continued into the second half with the unlikely source of Tolaji Bola putting Arsenal back in front after he was feed up by Malen. 

City refused to give up with Nmecha making it 3-3 from the penalty spot in an enthralling encounter. 

Nketiah wasn’t finished, though, with the striker completing his hat-trick to put Arsenal 4-3 up. 

There was a chance for another goal late on but Nketiah missed a penalty. It mattered little as the England youth international had already made the decisive contribution to the game. 

Arsenal: Virginia; Osei-Tutu, Olowu, Medley, T. Bola; McGuane, Dasilva; Smith-Rowe (Dragomir, 68), J. Willock (Gilmour, 89), Malen; Nketiah. Subs not used: Crean, Ballard, Burton. 

Report – Sanogo hits hat-trick and Iwobi features as Arsenal U23s score five against Reading

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Yaya Sanogo scored a hat-trick, with Mathieu Debuchy and Cohen Bramall also on target as an experienced Arsenal U23 team staged a stunning comeback to go from two goals down to beat their Reading counterparts 5-2 at Hogwood Park today.

Arsenal were disappointing in the early exchanges, with Reading establishing a two-goal lead by the 24th minute. However, the young Gunners managed to claw their way back into the game, with Debuchy reducing the deficit before Sanogo hit a 19-minute hat-trick, with Bramall also scoring in that period in a remarkable turnaround.

Coach Steve Gatting named an extremely strong team containing six members of the first-team squad, including Alex Iwobi, who made his first appearance at this level this season.

Carl Jenkinson, Debuchy, Rob Holding, Sanogo and Jeff Reine-Adelaide also started against a Reading team that went into the game bottom of the table.



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Subs: Nketiah (for Sanogo, 74), Sheaf (for Reine-Adelaide, 84)

Not used: Keto, Dasilva, Johnson.

Despite the strength of Arsenal’s starting line-up, it was Reading who commenced the game in the ascendancy and the hosts took the lead with just two minutes gone when Andrija Novakovich applied the finishing touch to a slick passing move.

Arsenal attempted to stage an instant response but Debuchy saw his overhead kick blocked.

The game started to open up a little thereafter, with Chris Willock causing problems for the Reading defence, but all the while Arsenal had to be wary of the threat posed by Novakovich, who saw much of the ball.

Sanogo, who had been rather isolated up until that point, then sent an acrobatic shot just over, but it was soon 2-0 to Reading, with Jordan Holsgrove’s deflected effort getting the better of Arsenal goalkeeper Ryan Huddart.

To their credit, Arsenal ended the half strongly and came close to reducing the deficit when Willock teed up Jenkinson.

Debuchy eventually did manage to make it 2-1 just before the break when he headed in from Reiss Nelson’s corner, with the Frenchman having now scored more times for Arsenal U23s than for the first-team.

Arsenal’s upward momentum continued into the second period, with Sanogo making it 2-2 shortly after the re-start after nodding in from Willock’s delivery.

Huddart had to be alert at the other end to make a fine stop to prevent Andrew Rinomhota from instantly restoring Reading’s advantage before Sanogo saw another attempt thwarted by Reading goalkeeper Luke Southwood.

Sanogo was unrelenting in his approach, however, and the Frenchman managed to make it 3-2 when he finished well from Cohen Bramall’s cutback.

Arsenal, by this point, were in complete control and proceeded to push forwards with regularity.

It was 4-2 when a bursting run forwards from Bramall culminated in his first goal for the club and then Sanogo made it 5-2 as he completed his hat-trick after good work from Reine-Adelaide.

Sanogo, who will doubtless be delighted with the impact he made, was then replaced by Eddie Nketiah for the closing stages of the game as Arsenal saw out the win.

What was on track to be a hugely frustration occasion for Arsenal U23s ultimately turned out to be very enjoyable, and it was especially beneficial for Sanogo, whose confidence will surely be boosted by his hat-trick.

Despite all the senior players on show, though, one of the younger individuals managed to stand out, with Bramall impressing with his rampaging runs forward from left-back.

The endeavour shown to come from behind will have pleased Gatting, who could field another strong team when Arsenal face Sunderland away in their next fixture later this month.

Loan report- Asano hits brace; Crowley and Nwakali score

Takuma Asano scored both of his side’s goals and played the entirety of Stuttgart’s 2-0 victory over Karlsruher.

Dan Crowley played the full game and scored an impressive goal as Go Ahead Eagles lost 4-1 to Heracles.

Kelechi Nwakali scored and played 88 minutes as MVV Maastricht lost 2-1 to Den Bosch. Stefan O’Connor wasn’t involved.

Wojciech Szczesny played the full game and kept another clean sheet as Roma beat Bologna 3-0.

Jack Wilshere played 90 minutes and impressed as Bournemouth were beaten 3-1 by Chelsea.

Krystian Bielk played the full game and was named man of the match as Birmingham City lost 2-1 to Derby County.

Jon Toral played the entirety of Rangers’ 3-0 win against Aberdeen.

Ismael Bennacer played 82 minutes as Tours drew 1-1 with Brest.

Kaylen Hinds was brought on in the 63rd minute as Stevenage lost 4-0 to Colchester United.

Joel Campbell came on in the 76th minute as Sporting Lisbon thrashed Boavista 4-0.

Marc Bola was introduced in the 80th minute of Notts County’s 2-1 win against Carlisle United.

Chuba Akpom was an unused substitute as Brighton & Hove Albion beat Queens Park Rangers 2-1.

Gedion Zelalem was an unused substitute as VVV-Venlo beat Almere City 3-2.

Julio Pleguezuelo wasn’t involved as Mallorca drew 0-0 with Gimnastic Tarragona.

Calum Chambers missed Middlesbrough’s goalless draw with Burnley through injury.

Tafari Moore is expected to be involved when Utrecht II face OSS tomorrow.

Aaron Eyoma‘s Volendam face PSV II tomorrow.


Arsenal’s Kristopher Da Graca on trial at BK Hacken

Arsenal defender Kristopher Da Graca is on trial at Swedish first division club BK Hacken as he seeks to earn a permanent deal. 

The centre-back, who is expected to leave Arsenal this summer, previously spent time on trial with Italian side Genoa.

Da Graca joined Arsenal as a schoolboy in 2013 prior to progressing to scholarship and subsequently professional terms but his time at the club has been marred by a catalogue of errors. 

The 19-year-old has fallen significantly down the pecking order at Arsenal, to the extent that first-year scholar Joseph Olowu is now ahead of him. 

A return to his homeland could well be what Da Graca requires to get his career back on track.