Joel Campbell started and played 69 minutes as Villarreal beat Eibar 1-0. The Costa Rican did well on one occasion to set up a chance for Gerard Moreno, who sent his effort over the crossbar.
Carl Jenkinson played the whole game as West Ham United surrendered a two goal lead to eventually draw 2-2 with Tottenham Hotspur.
Wellington was introduced for the final 21 minutes of Almeria’s 3-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid.
Jon Toral was brought on for the last half an hour as Brentford beat Bournemouth 3-1. The Spaniard teed up a chance for Alex Pritchard.
Yaya Sanogo didn’t feature for Crystal Palace against Arsenal under Premier League rules, but the striker would have been absent with a hamstring problem in any case.
Ryo wasn’t involved as FC Twente lost 2-1 to Vitesse.
Lukas Podolski‘s Inter Milan side face Cagliari tomorrow night.
Josh Vickers‘ Concord Rangers weren’t in action this weekend, with their next assignment coming against Hornchurch on Tuesday.
After making a brief return to winning ways last week, Arsenal U18s experienced the familiar feeling of defeat as they were beaten 2-1 by West Bromwich Albion yesterday.
Coach Frans De Kat rested the vast majority of the players that are set to be involved in the re-arranged FA Youth Cup tie against Crewe Alexandra tomorrow night.
O. Moore-Da Graca-Wright-Chatzitheodoridis
subs: Huddart, M. Bola, Nelson, Centeno, Gilmour.
He gave starts to four U16 players, one of whom, right-back Owen Moore, was told this week that he isn’t guaranteed a scholarship deal with the club for next season.
Reiss Nelson, the skilful and dangerous England youth international winger, was introduced for his debut at this level in the second-half and almost made an instant impact as his effort rattled the crossbar.
Arsenal had taken an early lead when Nathan Tella did well to find Savvas Mourgos, who created space for himself before directing his effort beyond the reach of Ethan Ross.
However, West Brom dominated thereafter, with Andre Wright prodding home from close range to equalise before Kyle Edwards put the hosts in front before the interval.
West Brom had a chance to seal the win in the second half but they missed a penalty. It mattered little, though, as Arsenal, despite Nelson’s best efforts, were unable to force themselves back into the game.
Arsenal’s defence at this level remains hugely unconvincing, with Kristopher Da Graca not having given the best account of himself since joining the club.
There was some encouragement to be found in the performances of some of the schoolboys, however, with Eddie Nketiah and Josh Da Silva both impressing.
Arsenal remain second bottom of their group as the first phase of U18 fixtures nears its completion. De Kat’s team’s remaining league fixtures are against Tottenham Hotspur, Norwich City and Leicester City, after which they will enter another group with the lowest placed teams from the northern division.
De Kat’s priority now, however, is tomorrow’s crucial FA Youth Cup tie against Crewe. The game has already been postponed on two occasions due to concerns over the pitch at Boreham Wood’s Meadow Park stadium and the fixture will instead take place at Barnet’s The Hive ground.
The winners will face Manchester City away in the Quarter-Finals. Midfielder Krystian Bielik could make his much anticipated Arsenal debut tomorrow. However, Tafari Moore is definitely out and will miss the rest of the season, whilst Julio Pleguezuelo is doubtful.
*Update- Kaylen Hinds has been ruled out for three to four weeks and will miss the game.
Possible Arsenal U18s team v Crewe:
subs: Keto, Donovan, Sheaf, Eyoma, M. Bola.
Arsenal have completed the signing of Under-15 striker Jay Beckford from Leyton Orient.
The League One club said that Arsenal have met a valuation for the player which was within the guidelines of EPPP (the Elite Player Performance Programme).
Leyton Orient academy director Andy Edwards said: “He has been a credit to the club all the time he has been here. We are disappointed to lose him. We wish him all the best at Arsenal.
“We have got some exceptional players in our academy of which Jay is one. Arsenal have met the valuation which is linked to the EPPP guidelines and unfortunately we lose him.
“The club have received a sum of money which is quite substantial should he go on and become successful there. We are doing a good job, and as part of that sometimes you are going to lose your better players, but we still think we have a lot of good players in our system who have got the potential to come through and play in the first-team.”
Beckford was called up to the England U16 squad for the fixture against Northern Ireland in November but didn’t feature.
Yesterday the majority of Arsenal’s U16 players were informed whether they will be full-time scholars at the club next season.
Striker Joshua Da Silva, who impressed at the recent AlKass International Cup in Qatar, has been offered a deal, along with Chris Willock’s younger brother Joe.
Nathan Tella, a right winger who has impressed for the U18s of late, has also been taken on, with defender Tolaji Bola and midfielder Charlie Gilmour also set to stay at the club. Striker Eddie Nketiah and winger Marcus Tabi, both of whom have already featured for the U18s, complete the list of those who have been offered scholarships.
The club has yet to make a firm decision on the futures of goalkeeper Brad House and defenders Michel Parker and Owen Moore, with all three players to continue training with the club for the time being. However, they will be allowed to take trials at other clubs if they are contacted.
Brooklyn Beckham will discover on Sunday whether his stay at Arsenal will be extended.
However, Rugare Musendo, Tyler Hayles and Kwai Marsh-Brown have all been let go.
It is worth remembering that any of the players who have signed scholarships could still move elsewhere before July 1st, whilst the club may still elect to bring in some players from other clubs before that date.
Goalkeeper George Phillips and winger Reiss Nelson will still be schoolboys next season.
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Arsenal U17s may not have been able to secure silverware at the Al Kass International Cup in Qatar, but they played some impressive football throughout the tournament and ended up finishing in third place after beating AC Milan 4-2 today.
Arsenal gave opportunities to some of the promising schoolboys who made the trip, with two of them, Eddie Nketiah and Josh Da Silva, hitting braces agains the Italian side.
Goalkeeper Hugo Keto, as he was in many of the previous games, was again impressive, but Arsenal’s stand-out performer was Chris Willock, who caught the eye with the sheer audaciousness of his array of trickery. The recently-signed professional has a tendency to operate on the periphery of games before suddenly bursting into life at crucial moments and can look forward to further involvement in the U21 squad upon his return.
As far as their prospects in this tournament were concerned, Arsenal were left to rue the fact that Willock was suspended for the Semi-Final defeat to Paris Saint-Germain as a consequence of his involvement in the brawl that ensued after the tempestuous fixture against River Plate.
Had Willock been available Arsenal may well have fared better against PSG, but the young Gunners can still look back on this tournament with fond memories.
Several Arsenal players enjoyed fine displays throughout, including Willock, Kaylen Hinds, Keto, Harry Donovan and Stephy Mavididi, with the latter finishing as the competition’s top goalscorer.
It was a good opportunity for the schoolboys, some of whom aren’t yet guaranteed scholarships with the club for next season, to catch the eye. Winger Nathan Tella has much raw potential, whilst central-defender Kostas Pileas was impressive until his costly mistake against PSG.
Reiss Nelson, an England youth international winger who will still be a schoolboy next season, also showed glimpses of his undoubted potential, and this trip certainly wasn’t a wasted one for Arsenal.
Now attention will turn to the U18s’ FA Youth Cup campaign, which continues with a home tie against Crewe Alexandra on Thursday.
Arsenal at the Al Kass International Cup
Arsenal 3 (Mavididi 7, 57, 70) Vissel Kobe 2
Keto; Centeno, Da Graca (Nelson, 46), Pileas, T. Bola (O. Moore, 90); Sheaf (Da Silva, 82), Donovan; Tabi, Hinds (Musendo, 85), C. Willock (Mourgos, 67); Mavididi. Not used: House, Tella, Gilmour, Nketiah.
Aspire Qatar 0 Arsenal 3 (Mavididi 9, Donovan 14, Willock 25)
Keto; Centeno, Musendo, Pileas (Gilmour, 77), T. Bola; Sheaf, Donovan; Tabi (Tella, 61), Hinds (Da Silva, 46), C. Willock (Mourgos, 46); Mavididi (Nketiah, 61). Not used: House, Da Graca, Nelson, O. Moore.
Arsenal 1 (Hinds 64) River Plate 0
Keto; Centeno, Da Graca (Mourgos, 64), Pileas, T. Bola; Sheaf (Nelson, 62), Donovan; Tabi, Hinds (Da Silva, 71), C. Willock; Mavididi. Not used: House, O. Moore, Tella, Musendo, Gilmour, Nketiah.
Arsenal 1 (Mavididi 65) PSG 2
Keto; Centeno (Nelson, 53), Da Graca (Nketiah, 77), Pileas, T. Bola; Sheaf, Donovan (Musendo, 69); Tabi (Tella, 68), Hinds (Da Silva, 53), Mourgos, Mavididi. Not used: House, O. Moore, Gilmour.
3rd place Play-off
AC Milan 2 Arsenal 4 (Nketiah 3, 47, Da Silva 8, 54)
Keto (House, 83); O. Moore, Da Graca, Musendo, Mourgos; Sheaf (Donovan, 46), Gilmour (Tabi, 69); Tella (Mavididi, 46), Da Silva, C. Willock; Nketiah (Nelson, 88). Not used: Centeno, T. Bola, Pileas, Hinds.
Lukas Podolski was restored to the starting line-up and played the whole game on the left flank as Inter Milan beat Atalanta 4-1.
Joel Campbell played the full game and was booked as Villarreal were beaten 2-0 by Rayo Vallecano.
Carl Jenkinson played the whole game as West Ham United were trounced 4-0 by West Bromwich Albion.
Wellington played 80 minutes before being withdrawn as Almeria drew 2-2 with Real Sociedad on Friday.
Jon Toral was introduced for the final 31 minutes of Brentford’s 3-0 loss against Charlton Athletic. The Spanish midfielder sent a shot over the crossbar.
Josh Vickers made three superb saves as Concord Rangers drew 0-0 with Boreham Wood.
Ryo wasn’t part of the Twente squad for their 4-2 defeat to Ajax.
Yaya Sanogo missed Crystal Palace’s 2-1 defeat to Liverpool because of injury.
Matt Macey has returned to Arsenal following his loan spell with Accrington Stanley. The goalkeeper conceded 11 goals in four games.
Tyrell Robinson’s goal was sufficient to give Arsenal U18s a 1-0 win over Leicester City at London Colney this morning, with Frans De Kat’s side earning their first league win since September.
De Kat named a stronger side than usual with the vast majority of his usual squad currently at the Al Kass International Cup in Qatar.
Dan Crowley, Gedion Zelalem and Stefan O’Connor were amongst the familiar names who were involved, but the most significant team news saw schoolboy Brooklyn Beckham earn his first call-up to the U18s, with the right-winger remaining an unused substitute throughout.
The U18s travel to face West Bromwich Albion next weekend, but before that they will continue their FA Youth Cup campaign at home to Crewe Alexandra on Thursday night.
subs: Phillips, Maitland-Niles, Parker, Beckham, J. Willock.