Nketiah assists as England beat Mexico to win Toulon Tournament

Arsenal attacker Eddie Nketiah set up a goal as England U21s beat their Mexico counterparts 2-1 to retain the Toulon Tournament.

Nketiah, who hit a brace in the semi-final, turned provider for Kieran Dowell, who made it 2-1 to England after Dael Fry had pulled them level.


Arsenal appoint Lee Herron as head of academy football operations


Following on from the appointment of Marcel Lucassen as head coach of player development, Arsenal have named Lee Herron as head of football academy operations.

Herron previously spent 17 years with Reading and will form part of the new academy structure involving Per Mertesacker.

Arsenal have also confirmed that appointment of Marcel Lucassen as head of coach and player development.


Former Germany youth coach Marcel Lucassen named as Arsenal’s director of football development

Experienced Dutch coach Marcel Lucassen has been named as Arsenal’s director of football development on a three year contract.

Lucassen, who previously did impressive work with the German national team’s youth setup, will be responsible for the development of both the coaches and the players from the U9 squad to the U23s.

As reported by Limburger.nl, Lucassen has signed a three year deal and will start work at Arsenal on August 1st.

Lucassen was the individual coach for technique and tactics for the German FA before moving on to oversee the development of Al-Nasr’s academy.

It is a summer of significant change for Arsenal at academy level, with Per Mertesacker taking over as academy manager, while a new U23 coach is also likely to be appointed soon.

Dragomir amongst eight youngsters offered new deals as Beckford and Benson are released


Arsenal have offered new contracts to eight youngsters, including Vlad Dragomir.

In addition to talented midfielder Dragomir, defender Tolaji Bola has also been offered an extension along with Josh DaSilva and Yassin Fortune.

The Gunners also want to retain the services of goalkeeper Deyan Iliev, while Robbie Burton, Tobi Omole and Dominic Thompson have all been offered their first professional contracts.

Meanwhile, the remaining second-year scholars, Josh Benson and Jay Beckford, have both been released.

Midfielder Benson featured in the FA Youth Cup but failed to impress sufficiently to break into the U23s on a regular basis, while Beckford, who was signed from Leyton Orient as a schoolboy, frequently seemed out of his depth at U18 level.


Arsenal release seven youngsters including Keto, Huddart, Marc Bola and Moore

Arsenal have announced their released list, with seven youngsters set to leave the club when their contracts expire at the end of this month, including goalkeeper Hugo Keto.

Fellow shot-stoppers Ryan Huddart and Alex Crean have also been let go.

In addition defenders Tafari Moore, Marc Bola and Chiori Johnson are also departing along with winger Aaron Eyoma.

Keto joined Arsenal four years ago and the Finland youth international produced some impressive performances at youth level, demonstrating his excellent reflexes.

However, he found it difficult to break into the first-team squad with both Matt Macey and Deyan Iliev ahead of him, a problem also encountered by Huddart.

Huddart was named on the bench for two Champions League games against Anderlecht as a 17-year-old but was rather phased out last season as he barely featured.

Crean, another goalkeeper, arrived at Arsenal in 2016 but struggled to establish himself in the U18s, mainly due to the excellent displays of Joao Virginia.

The departures of Johnson and Eyoma have been inevitable for some time, with both players having been sent on various trials in the second half of last season.

Bola gained experience while on loan at Bristol Rovers and Notts County, while he was on the bench for the Arsenal first-team in the League Cup, but leaves in search of regular football elsewhere.

Moore produced some encouraging displays on loan at Wycombe Wanderers but he was never going to realistically challenge Hector Bellerin for a place in the starting lineup for the first-team.

Daniel Ballard signs first professional contract with Arsenal

Young Arsenal defender Daniel Ballard has signed his first professional contract with the club.

The 18-year-old made significant progress last season as he featured regularly for the U18s and captained the FA Youth Cup side in their run to the final.

Ballard, who is usually deployed as a centre-back but can also fill in as a midfielder, made his U23 debut against Tottenham Hotspur last season and marked the occasion with a goal.

This milestone represents a significant achievement for Ballard, who was previously released twice by Arsenal including when scholarships were being given out.

Ballard has seized his opportunity and will hope to receive plenty of playing time at U23 level next season.

Decisions on the other remaining second-year scholars – Dominic Thompson, Robbie Burton, Josh Benson Jay Beckford and Tobi Omole – are expected to be revealed soon.

Toulon Tournament – Nketiah hits brace as England produce comeback against Scotland to reach final

Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah scored a brace as England U21s came from behind to beat their Scotland counterparts 3-1 today and secure their place in the final of the Toulon Tournament, where they will face Mexico.

Scotland took the lead through Michael Johnston but England equalised in the second half when Callum Connolly scored.

It was Nketiah who proved to be the hero with his first goals at this level.

Firstly the youngster cut inside and found the net with a powerful effort and then he added further gloss to the scoreline with a well-placed finish.