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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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.

Pre-Burnley training report- Welbeck steps up recovery; Iwobi could feature

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Arsenal held their final training session this morning prior to tomorrow’s FA Cup tie at home to Burnley.

Alex Iwobi was the only outfield member of the U21 squad to be involved and the Nigeria international will be hopeful of playing some part against the Championship side. Meanwhile, goalkeeper Ryan Huddart also trained with the first-team and appears to have edged ahead of Matt Macey in the pecking order.

Danny Welbeck trained as he closes in on his return to action. The England international, who hasn’t played since April, is scheduled to play 45 minutes for Arsenal U21s against their Brighton & Hove Albion counterparts a week today.

Francis Coquelin and Tomas Rosicky also trained and could feature against Burnley, with midfielders Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla now the only senior players that are still injured.

Arsene Wenger is likely to rotate his side for tomorrow’s game, with Mohamed Elneny in line to make his debut, whilst David Ospina, Kieran Gibbs and Calum Chambers could also receive run-outs. Per Mertesacker is suspended following his red card against Chelsea.

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Subs: Cech, Bellerin, Monreal, Arteta, Rosicky, Ramsey, Campbell.

Arsenal U21s are also in action tomorrow as they travel to take on Stoke City.

Steve Gatting’s side could welcome back Jeff Reine-Adelaide, who is unlikely to feature for the first-team tomorrow with so many senior players available.

Krystian Bielik, Kaylen Hinds and Ben Sheaf are doubtful, whilst Deyan Iliev and Stefan O’Connor are still out.

Arsenal will be seeking to return to winning ways after being held to a goalless draw by Swansea City last time out.

Possible team


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Subs: Huddart, Eyoma, Robinson, McGuane, Mavididi.

Nketiah strikes as Arsenal U18s are beaten by Fulham

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Arsenal U18s suffered their first defeat since October as they were beaten 3-1 by their Fulham counterparts at London Colney today.

Striker Edward Nketiah was on the scoresheet again for the Gunners as he found the net for the 12th time in a prolific campaign, but that wasn’t enough to prevent Frans de Kat’s side from falling to a disappointing defeat.


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Subs: Phillips, J. Willock, Fortune, Chatzitheodoridis, Gilmour. 

There is no time for Arsenal’s youngsters to be too downtrodden, however, with a trip to take on Aston Villa to come on Friday.

Meanwhile, it was confirmed last night that Arsenal will face Coventry City away in the Fifth Round of the FA Youth Cup, with the victors of that tie to host Nottingham Forest, Liverpool or Cardiff City in the following round.


Loan report- Toral scores stunner; Wellington impresses

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Jon Toral played the whole game and scored a stunning volley as Birmingham City beat Ipswich Town 3-0. Ainsley Maitland-Niles was an un-used substitute for the visitors.

Wellington was impressive as he played 86 minutes and came close to scoring during Bolton Wanderers’ 3-1 win over MK Dons.

Isaac Hayden played 71 minutes and was booked as Hull City beat Fulham 1-0. Chuba Akpom wasn’t included in the squad.

Carl Jenkinson endured a miserable evening as he conceded a penalty and then suffered an injury that caused him to be substituted with just 13 minutes gone as West Ham United drew 2-2 with Manchester City.

Glen Kamara sealed his loan move to Southend United on Friday, and he was an un-used substitute for the 3-0 victory over Coventry City yesterday.

Emiliano Martinez wasn’t in the squad for Wolverhampton Wanderers’ 1-1 draw with Queens Park Rangers.

Serge Gnabry wasn’t named in the squad for West Bromwich Albion’s goalless draw with Aston Villa.

Yaya Sanogo wasn’t involved as Ajax beat Vitesse 1-0.

Wojciech Szczesny is expected to start when Roma face Juventus tonight.

Gedion Zelalem will hope to feature when Rangers play Greenock Morton away tomorrow.