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Arsenal include Elneny, Jenkinson and Gnabry in Premier League squad

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Arsenal have submitted their squad list for the remainder of the Premier League season, with January arrival Mohamed Elneny being included.

Carl Jenkinson and Serge Gnabry, who have been re-called from their loan spells at West Ham United and West Bromwich Albion respectively, have also been named, although the former is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines with inury.

Youngsters Donyell Malen, Vlad Dragomir and Joe Willock, who were left out of the previous squad, have also been included.

The players who are on loan and over 21 (Wojciech Szczesny, Mathieu Debuchy, Yaya Sanogo, Emiliano Martinez and Wellington) have been left out.

Players in bold are homegrown.

Senior list: Gabriel, Arteta, Campbell, Cazorla, Cech, Coquelin, Elneny, Flamini, Gibbs, Giroud, Jenkinson, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal, Ospina, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Ramsey, Rosicky, Sanchez, Walcott, Wilshere, Welbeck.

U21 list: Akpom, Bellerin, Bennacer, Bielik, M. Bola, T. Bola, Chambers, Chatzitheodoridis, Crowley, Da Graca, Dasilva, Dragomir, Eyoma, Fortune, Gilmour, Gnabry, Hayden, Hinds, Huddart, Iliev, Iwobi, Johnson, Kamara, Keto, Macey, McGuane, Malen, Maitland-Niles, Mavididi, Moore, Mourgos, Nketiah, O’Connor, Osei-Tutu, Pileas, Pleguezuelo, Reine-Adelaide, Robinson, Sheaf, Tella, Toral, C. Willock, J. Willock, Zelalem.

 

Fortune hoping to push on to greater heights after signing professional terms

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He may not have made quite so many headlines as his close friend and compatriot Jeff Reine-Adelaide since joining Arsenal, but Yassin Fortune has still developed well in the ensuing period, and yesterday the prospect put pen to paper on his first professional contract with the club.

Whilst Reine-Adelaide has been on the cusp of the first-team squad, Fortune has mainly been restricted to playing for the U18s; indeed the attacker has made just one appearance for the U21s and hasn’t yet featured in the UEFA Youth League.

He has, however, been a mainstay for Frans de Kat’s improving U18 side and, despite initially being signed as a striker, has made quite an impact from wide positions so far this season, scoring six goals in the league.

Possessing elegance on the ball and an ability to weave his way past defenders, Fortune is an intriguing prospect, even though he has missed his fair share of goalscoring opportunities this season.

The 17-year-old also perhaps needs to pay more attention to his defensive duties when operating out wide, but for the most part he has made a positive impression since moving to the club.

The next step will be for Fortune to attempt to break into the U21 squad on a regular basis. Doing so certainly won’t be easy, with Arsenal possessing a wealth of talent in attacking areas at that age group, but the France youth international should get his chance in due course.

On the subject of professional contracts, the club also announced this week that Aaron Eyoma has accepted the club’s offer of a new deal, leaving Marc Bola, Savvas Mourgos and Ilias Chatzitheodoridis as the remaining second year scholars, who now have less than five months remaining on their contracts.

Fortune, meanwhile, became the latest member of the 2015 intake of scholars to turn professional, following Jordi Osei-Tutu, Tolaji Bola and Josh DaSilva (although the latter’s deal is still to be formally announced by the club).

It is a little surprising that the highly regarded Donyell Malen (who turned 17 last month) hasn’t yet signed a new deal. Meanwhile, midfielder Marcus McGuane is now eligible for professional terms after turning 17 yesterday.

 

Crowley’s encouraging display suggests the best is yet to come

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So far this season has been rather frustrating for Dan Crowley, with the midfielder’s loan spell at Barnsley having fizzled out after an encouraging start.

The prospect struggled for consistency upon returning to U21 football with Arsenal, but against Stoke City last weekend there were some surefire signs that Crowley is returning to something approaching his best form.

Crowley’s display in the enthralling 3-1 win was overshadowed by the fact that he was sent off for dissent after saying something untoward to the referee in the wake of Marcus McGuane’s goal. That incident means that Crowley will miss the U21 matches away to Swansea City and Blackburn Rovers.

He will, though, be able to participate in the game at home to Brighton & Hove Albion on Friday and Crowley will be seeking to build upon the more positive elements of his display against Stoke.

Wearing the number seven shirt, he was initially deployed as a right winger, but the England youth international roamed across the field to excellent effect and linked play superbly as Arsenal dominated the early exchanges.

As one of the more experienced players in the U21 set-up, Crowley’s game understanding and ability to unlock defences stands out, although he does still have some improvements to make in order to make the step up.

The 18-year-old can still lose possession unnecessarily at times, whilst he also needs to improve physically. For the most part, though, Crowley remains an encouraging talent, albeit one who hasn’t progressed quite as quickly as many would have expected.

There is still much time on Crowley’s side and next season it is hoped that he will be able to enjoy a more fruitful loan spell elsewhere, perhaps after receiving some run-outs for Arsenal in the Capital One Cup.

The talent and dedication is certainly there with Crowley, but he is a little raw in some aspects of his game. With Gedion Zelalem catching the eye at Rangers and Nigerian starlet Kelechi Nwakali poised to join the club, Crowley can’t afford to rest on his laurels in the quest to make the breakthrough.

Although he featured for the first-team in pre-season, Crowley has yet to make his competitive debut for Arsenal and has only trained with the first-team occasionally since his return.

His performance against Stoke, however, suggested that his confidence hasn’t suffered, and indicated that the best may be yet to come from this much-hyped youngster.

 

 

Loan report- Akpom hits hat-trick; where will Gnabry end up?

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Chuba Akpom scored his first professional hat-trick yesterday as Hull City beat Bury 3-1 in the FA Cup.

The forward, who has struggled to command a place in the starting line-up for Steve Bruce’s side in recent weeks, put Hull in front with a neat finish before doubling his tally from the penalty spot.

Akpom saved his best goal for last as he careered forwards and finished clinically to put the game beyond doubt.

Isaac Hayden, meanwhile, was introduced as a substitute in the 80th minute.

Serge Gnabry‘s disastrous loan spell with West Bromwich Albion has been cut short, with the winger set to be sent out on temporary transfer again tomorrow.

Gnabry, who was restricted to just three appearances for Tony Pulis’s side, has been linked with Fulham and Charlton Athletic.

Jon Toral started for Birmingham City against Bristol City in the Championship but had to be taken off after 34 minutes after suffering an injury as a consequence of a rash challenge from Nathan Baker.

Wojciech Szczesny played the whole game as Roma beat Frosinone 3-1.

Carl Jenkinson‘s second stint with West Ham United is effectively over, with the right-back ruled out for between six to nine months after suffering a serious injury against Manchester City last weekend.

Wellington started and played 70 minutes as Bolton Wanderers were beaten 2-1 by Leeds United in the FA Cup.

Gedion Zelalem was introduced in the 77th minute as Rangers beat Falkirk 1-0.

Glen Kamara was an unused substitute as Southend United beat Coventry City 3-0.

Yaya Sanogo wasn’t involved as Ajax drew 2-2 with Roda JC.

Wolverhampton Wanderers didn’t have a game this weekend and, in any case, Emiliano Martinez is still recovering from injury.

Ipswich Town also weren’t in action, meaning that Ainsley Maitland-Niles didn’t feature.

 

 

 

 

Jay Beckford amongst nine Arsenal youngsters offered scholarships for next season

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Arsenal have offered six players scholarship deals for next season, with Reiss Nelson the most high profile player to be given a contract.

The winger, who has already featured for the U21s this season, is expected to form part of next season’s scholarship intake along with goalkeeper Joao Virginia, who joined the club last year and winger Emile Smith-Rowe.

Winger Nathan Tormey and central-midfielder Josh Benson, who have both featured for the U18s this season, have been offered terms along with striker Jay Beckford, who previously played for Leyton Orient.

Toby Omole, Joseph Olowu and Dom Thompson have also been offered deals. 

Several of the other players under consideration, including goalkeeper George Phillips, have been told that a concrete decision has yet to be made on their futures.

Mo Diallo, Rob Howard and Jaidon Anthony have been released. 

It seems likely that the club will again seek to make several new signings at youth level to bolster next season’s U18 squad.

Good luck to all of the U16s in their future endeavours.

 

Report- Mavididi hits brace and Crowley sent off as Arsenal U21s beat Stoke

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U21 Premier League- Stoke City 1 Arsenal 3

Arsenal U21s took another significant step in their quest for promotion as they overcame their Stoke City counterparts with a 3-1 win despite being reduced to ten men following the dismissal of Dan Crowley.

Stephy Mavididi justified his selection ahead of Donyell Malen by scoring twice, whilst Marcus McGuane marked his first start at this level with a goal.

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Subs: Keto, Malen, Nelson, Eyoma, DaSilva. 

Arsenal enjoyed the better of the early exchanges, with Crowley seeing a shot saved before turning provider for Mavididi, who finished with precision.

Stoke threatened to draw level, but Arsenal remained resilient and went into the break with their lead intact.

The hosts were impressive in the opening minutes of the second half, with Matt Macey having to come to Arsenal’s rescue, but the young Gunners doubled their advantage when the alert McGuane capitalised upon some weak defending to make it 2-0.

Crowley was somewhat bizarrely sent off for an incident in the midst of Arsenal’s celebrations following that goal, and Stoke promptly reduced the deficit through Julien N’Goy.

Any doubts that Arsenal had about squandering their advantage didn’t last long, however, with Mavididi making it 3-1 with a neat finish in the closing stages.

Arsenal’s next game is at home to Brighton & Hove Albion on Friday, with Danny Welbeck poised to play some part in that fixture.

 

 

 

Report- Tella opens account but Arsenal U18s lose to Aston Villa

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Arsenal U18s suffered a potentially costly defeat today as they were beaten 3-2 by their Aston Villa counterparts in an eventful game at Bodymoor Heath.

There was some positive team news, with right-back Chiori Johnson making his first appearance of the season after recovering from injury. Ilias Chatzitheodoridis, Charlie Gilmour, Tella, Joe Willock and Edward Nketiah also started in a much-changed side from the team that lost to Fulham on Monday.

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Subs: Perrin, Benson. 

The young Gunners were shorn of the services of several of their key players as a consequence of the U21 game against Stoke City tomorrow, and they found themselves a goal down within five minutes.

Arsenal responded quickly, however, and equalised courtesy of Nathan Tella’s first goal at this level.

Villa restored their lead before the break but once again Arsenal fought back, with the prolific Nketiah making it 2-2 with his 13th goal of the season.

It was Villa who would ultimately prevail, however, with the hosts making it 3-2 and holding on for the win, with Arsenal reduced to ten men for the closing stages after Yassin Fortune suffered an injury with all three substitutions having been used.

Arsenal surely can’t afford any more slip-ups if they are to finish in the top four and secure their place in the upper tier for the next stage of the competition.

Frans de Kat’s side host Southampton in their next game before concluding this phase with away trips to face London rivals Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.

via AFCFixtureNews.