Report – Smith-Rowe hits brace as Arsenal U18s beat West Ham


U18 Premier League

Arsenal 3 (Smith-Rowe 36, 90, Burton 87) West Ham United 1

Emile Smith-Rowe marked his return to the starting line-up with a brace as Arsenal U18s beat West Ham United 3-0 at London Colney today, with first-year scholar Robbie Burton also in the scoresheet.

The sole change to the starting line-up saw Smith-Rowe come in for Burton.


Osei Tutu-Ballard-Pileas-T. Bola


Smith Rowe-J. Willock-Medley


Subs: Burton (for Medley, 67), Benson (for Fortune, 76), Omole (for Ballard, 90). Not used: Barden. 

Smith-Rowe opened the scoring in the first half following impressive work from Yassin Fortune but Arsenal had to wait until the 87th minute to make it 2-0 when substitute Burton scored his first goal of the season.

In the final moments Smith-Rowe was alert to add further gloss to the scoreline as Arsenal bounced back from the defeat that they suffered against Fulham last time out.

Loan report – Zelalem scores first senior goal; Mavididi makes debut


Gedion Zelalem scored his first senior goal as VVV Venlo thrashed Helmond Sport 7-0. The midfielder came off the bench in the 65th minute.

Wojciech Szczesny played the whole game and kept a clean sheet as Roma beat Crotone 2-0.

Calum Chambers played the entirety of Middlesbrough’s goalless draw against Everton at right-back.

Takuma Asano played 65 minutes as Stuttgart beat Sandhausen 2-1.

Chuba Akpom came on in the 72nd minute as Brighton & Hove Albion beat Burton Albion 4-1.

Stephy Mavididi made his senior debut, with the forward entering the fray in the 79th minute of Charlton Athletic’s 1-1 draw with AFC Wimbledon.

Ismael Bennacer made his first start for Tours, with the midfielder completing 90 minutes in the 1-1 draw against Nimes.

Kelechi Nwakali played the full game and was booked as Maastricht beat OSS 3-0 last week. Stefan O’Connor didn’t feature.

Dan Crowley started and played 89 minutes as Go Ahead Eagles beat ADO Den Haag 3-1.

Marc Bola played the whole game as Notts County beat Cheltenham Town 2-1.

Matt Macey played the full 90 minutes in Luton Town’s 2-1 win against Crawley Town.

Jon Toral was introduced in the 80th minute as Rangers beat Greenock Morton 2-1 in the Scottish Cup.

Kaylen Hinds came on in the 77th minute as Stevenage beat Wycombe Wanderers 3-0.

Tafari Moore came on in the 76th minute as Utrecht II beat Waalwijk 2-1.

Krystian Bielik was an un-used substitute as Birmingham City lost 3-0 to Sheffield Wednesday.

Joel Campbell wasn’t involved as Sporting Lisbon faced Moreirense.

Julio Pleguezuelo wasn’t in the Mallorca squad for the game against Rayo Vallecano.

Aaron Eyoma didn’t feature in Volendam’s 2-1 victory against Den Bosch.

Jack Wilshere is expected to feature when Bournemouth face Manchester City tomorrow night.


Report – Smith-Rowe hits winner as Arsenal U18s beat Norwich


Emile Smith-Rowe marked his return from injury by hitting an injury-time winner as Arsenal U18s came from behind to beat their Norwich City counterparts 2-1 away today.

The Gunners made three alterations from the team that lost to Fulham last time out, with Joao Virginia, Tolaji Bola and Marcus McGuane coming into the side in place of Alex Crean, Jay Beckford and Trae Coyle.

Arsenal started slowly and Norwich took full advantage, with former Gunner Benny Ashley-Seal opening the scoring in the 17th minute.

However, Norwich’s hopes of taking all three points suffered a considerable setback when they were reduced to ten men following the dismissal of Alfie Payne for a second bookable offence.

Arsenal eventually took advantage of their numerical superiority, with Zech Medley, deployed on the left wing despite nominally being a centre-back, equalising in the 87th minute following impressive work from Jordi Osei-Tutu.

Smith-Rowe, who had come on in place of Robbie Burton, then scored the decisive goal in stoppage time to see Arsenal go third in the table.

Arsenal: Virginia; Osei-Tutu, Ballard, Pileas, T. Bola; McGuane, Gilmour; J. Willock, Burton (Smith-Rowe, 61), Medley (Omole, 89); Fortune. Not used: Barden, Thompson, Benson.




Rejuvenated Malen returns to form after flying start to 2017


The qualities that saw Donyell Malen earmarked as an extremely exciting prospect are extremely clear within an instant of watching him play – the Dutchman possesses pace, power and technical ability in abundance, with those attributes seeing him make a significant impact in his first season at Arsenal following his switch from Ajax.

Malen’s early performances suggested that he could well have a very bright future at Arsenal – the striker initially caught the eye in the U18s before stepping up to make an impact for what was then the U21 side, while he also trained with the first-team squad on several occasions.

This season, however, the prospect has had to endure his fair share of difficulties. With Stephy Mavididi having been installed as the first-choice striker for the U23s prior to his loan switch to Charlton Athletic and Eddie Nkeitah continuing to score with regularity for the U18s, Malen found himself somewhat overshadowed.

The youngster’ s difficult situation was reflected in his performances. When playing for the U18s, Malen’s touch was often heavy, he appeared to be lacking confidence and he certainly lacked ruthlessness in front of goal; problems which were also apparent on the rare occasions that he featured for the older age groups.

Any fears that Malen wouldn’t be able to emerge from this slump have quickly frittered away, however, as he has started 2017 with a spring in his step.

With three goals in three games for the U18s, Malen was certainly one of Arsenal’s best performing young players in January, while he also showcased his adaptability as he demonstrated that he is capable of having a significant impact on the left wing, where he can glide past players with ease.

After Mavididi went on loan and with Nketiah struggling with injury, Malen was given a starting berth as Arsenal U23s faced Everton this week. Although he failed to find the net, the 18-year-old will be delighted to finally be back in the second-string set-up and, having got his confidence back, will now be hoping to end the season very strongly.

Report – Martinez and Jenkinson feature as Arsenal U23s suffer late agony against Everton



Premier League 2

Everton 1 Arsenal 0

A much-changed Arsenal U23 side suffered late agony away to league leaders Everton this evening, with substitute Nathan Broadhead hitting a late winner for the hosts.

Arsenal were thrashed 5-0 when these sides met earlier in the campaign, but Steve Gatting’s side managed to give a much better account of themselves on this occasion.

They were unable to hold on, however, and in truth Everton merited their victory having tested Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez on several occasions.

With many players having left the club on loan in the closing stages of the transfer window, Gatting called upon several members of the U18 side for this fixture, with Joseph Olowu, Josh Dasilva, Donyell Malen and Vlad Dragomir all starting.

Two members of the first-team squad, Martinez and Carl Jenkinson, were also involved, while Cohen Bramall continued at left-back and there was a rare start for Savvas Mourgos. Eddie Nketiah, however, missed out through injury.




Mourgos-Dragomir-C. Willock


Subs: Fortune (for Malen, 83). Not used: Virginia, Johnson, T. Bola, McGuane.

Reiss Nelson had the first opportunity of the game, with the England youth international, deployed in central midfield, shooting over.

At the other end Martinez then had to react quickly to keep out Kieran Dowell’s effort, with Arsenal eventually managing to scramble away the danger.

Everton were the dominant side for much of the opening period and Martinez was on hand to prevent Courtney Duffus from getting a shot away when well placed.

Henry Charlsley, who was impressive in midfield for Everton, then shot over but Arsenal managed to mount a response, with Nelson seeing his attempt saved.

The final opportunity of the half fell to Everton, with defender Matthew Foulds embarking upon a mazy run downfield only to see his effort repelled by Martinez.

Arsenal started the second period brightly, with Vlad Dragomir’s fierce shot from distance saved by Everton goalkeeper Mateusz Hewelt.

However, it was Arsenal’s goalkeeper, Martinez, who continued to shine, with the Argentine denying Anton Donkor.

Duffus later squandered an inviting chance to score the winner for Everton as the clock ticked down and it appeared as if Arsenal were going to hold on.

Yassin Fortune, who scored for the U18s against Fulham on Saturday, entered the fray late on as he made his first appearance for the U23s this season.

Arsenal’s hopes of securing a point were dashed in the closing stages, however, with substitute Broadhead finding the net for Everton after he was located by Dowell.



Loan report- Wilshere, Toral and Crowley assist; Zelalem makes debut


Jack Wilshere played the whole game and set up a goal for Josh King as Bournemouth lost 6-3 to Everton.

Calum Chambers played the full game at right-back as Middlesbrough lost 1-0 to Tottenham Hotspur.

Chuba Akpom has already made two appearances for Brighton & Hove Albion. The striker came on in the 63rd minute of the 3-1 loss to Huddersfield Town on Thursday, while he was introduced as a 65th minute substitute in the 3-3 draw against Brentford today.

Jon Toral played the full game, provided an assist and was booked as Rangers drew 1-1 with Ross County.

Kelechi Nwakali played the entirety of MVV Maastricht’s goalless draw with Achilles’ 29. Stefan O’Connor was an un-used substitute.

Dan Crowley set up a goal and played 71 minutes as Go Ahead Eagles beat NEC 2-1.

Marc Bola came on in the 37th minute for his senior debut as Notts County lost 2-0 to Accrington Stanley.

Kaylen Hinds also made his professional debut, with the forward coming on in the 78th minute of Stevenage’s 2-1 win over Crawley Town.

Gedion Zelalem made his first appearance for VVV-Venlo, with the midfielder being brought on in the 75th minute of his side’s 4-1 victory over De Graafschap.

Ismael Bennacer made his debut for Tours, coming on in the 70th minute of the 1-1 draw with Reims.

Tafari Moore played the whole of Utrecht II’s 2-0 defeat to PSV II.

Krystian Bielik was an un-used substitute as Birmingham City beat Fulham 1-0.

Stephy Mavididi was an un-used substitute as Charlton Athletic drew 1-1 with Fleetwood Town.

Matt Macey was an un-used substitute as Luton Town drew 1-1 with Grimsby Town.

Julio Pleguezuelo was an un-used substitute in Mallorca’s 2-1 loss to Real Oviedo.

Joel Campbell wasn’t involved as Sporting Lisbon were beaten 2-1 by Porto.

Aaron Eyoma wasn’t involved as Volendam lost 3-1 to Emmen.

Wojciech Szczesny‘s Roma weren’t in action this weekend.

Takuma Asano is expected to feature when Stuttgart host Fortuna Dusseldorf tomorrow night.



Report- Fortune scores as Arsenal U18s are beaten by Fulham

U18 Premier League

Fulham 3 Arsenal 2 (Fortune, Coyle)

Second half goals from Yassin Fortune and Trae Coyle weren’t sufficient to prevent Arsenal U18s from falling to a defeat away to their Fulham counterparts today. 

The young Gunners found themselves three goals down at Motspur Park but, despite improving significantly in the second period, still saw their impressive recent run come to an end. 

With a host of youngsters having left the club on loan in the closing stages of the transfer window, several key players weren’t involved for the U18s today as they are instead expected to feature for the U23s against Everton on Monday – with Josh DaSilva, Vlad Dragomir, Donyell Malen, Tolaji Bola, Joseph Olowu and Eddie Nketiah all falling into that category. 

In their absence, there were a batch of players brought into the U18 side, with Zech Medley, Daniel Ballard, Robbie Burton and Jay Beckford all starting, the latter making a rare appearance. 

Arsenal got off to a bad start with Kostas Pileas scoring an own goal, and then Fulham doubled their advantage courtesy of substitute Michael Elstone. 

Early in the second half it was 3-0 to the hosts as Joseph Felix found the net from the penalty spot. 

Arsenal attempted to reduce the deficit and they did just that when Fortune scored his first goal of an injury hit season. 

The Frenchman was substituted shortly afterwards and replaced by schoolboy Tyreece John-Jules, who proceeded to tee up Coyle to make it 3-2. 

Fulham, however, managed to hold on to take all three points. 

Arsenal: Crean; Osei-Tutu, Medley, Ballard, Pileas; Gilmour, J. Willock; Beckford, Burton, Coyle; Fortune. 

Subs: John-Jules (for Fortune, 63), Thompson (for Beckford, 77), Omole (for Ballard, 84). Not used: Barden.