Loan report – Iliev and Sheaf feature; Osei-Tutu benched

Deyan Iliev played the full game as Sered lost 3-2 to Nitra.

Ben Sheaf played the whole game in midfield as Doncaster Rovers drew 1-1 with Rochdale.

Jordi Osei-Tutu was an unused substitute as VfL Bochum beat Baunatal 3-2.

Daniel Ballard was an unused substitute as Swindon Town beat Carlisle United 3-2.

William Saliba wasn’t involved as Saint-Etienne beat Dijon 2-1.

Eddie Nketiah wasn’t involved as Leeds United drew 1-1 with Nottingham Forest.


Report – Plange strikes but Arsenal U18s start season with defeat to Chelsea

U18 Premier League

Arsenal 1 (Plange 83) Chelsea 2 (Broja 12, 79)

Arsenal U18s got the defence of their southern section title off to a disappointing start as they were beaten 2-1 at home by Chelsea yesterday despite Luke Plange’s first goal at this level.

Many members of last season’s team have moved up to the U23s, with first-year scholars Mazeed Ogungbo and Kido Taylor-Hart being given starts along with schoolboy defender Zane Monlouis.




Dennis-Greenwood-Taylor Hart


Subs: Butler-Oyedeji (for Dennis, 71), Plange (for Matthews, 78). Not used: Graczyk, Sraha, Flaherty. 

Armando Broja gave Chelsea the lead in the 17th minute and eventually doubled his tally with eleven minutes remaining.

Plange, on as a substitute, reduced the deficit after he was teed up by Taylor-Hart, but, despite their best efforts, Arsenal couldn’t get an equaliser.

Gillard’s side are back in action next weekend when they face Aston Villa away.

From Shelvey to Noble – The 30 former Arsenal academy players at other Premier League clubs


The new Premier League season gets underway tonight, and there are a host of Arsenal academy products scattered around the 19 other teams in the division.

Here’s a look at the former Gunners who are plying their trade elsewhere.


First-team: Henri Lansbury


Under-21s: Jaidon Anthony


Under-23s: Hugo Keto

Under-18s: Fynn Talley


Under-23s: Josh Benson


First-team: Alex Iwobi, Joao Virginia (on loan at Reading)


Under-23s: Vontae Daley-Campbell, Faiq Bolkiah


First-team: Ovie Ejaria (on loan at Reading)

Under-23s: Elijah Dixon-Bonner


Under-23s: Ian Poveda


First-team: Jonjo Shelvey, Dwight Gayle, Isaac Hayden

Under-23s: Stefan O’Connor


Under-23s: Daniel Barden (on loan at Bury Town), Charlie Gilmour (on loan at Telstar) Savvas Mourgos (on loan at FC Dordecht)

Under-18s: Josh Martin


First-team: Luke Freeman


First-team: Michael Obafemi

Under-23s: Nathan Tella

Under-18s: David Agbontohoma


First-team: Harry Kane


Under-23s: Bayli Spencer-Adams


First-team: Mark Noble, Jack Wilshere, Ryan Fredericks


Under-23s: Benny Ashley-Seal


Iwobi leaves Arsenal having made it further than many expected

There were many times when it appeared that Alex Iwobi wouldn’t make it this far.

On two occasions when he was at Hale End the youngster came close to being released, including when decisions were being made in 2012 regarding scholarship deals.

Iwobi overcame that situation to not only sign scholarship terms but to subsequently earn a professional contract and then, against all the odds, break into the first-team squad, proceeding to make 149 appearances for the club.

Today Iwobi’s long association with Arsenal, which started in 2003, has come to an end, with the winger joining Everton.

He leaves Arsenal as an established Nigeria international and will look to push on and become a key player at Goodison Park, where, coincidentally, he scored his first senior goal in 2016.

It is important to note that Iwobi’s time in the first-team at Arsenal was full of frustration as he often got into good positions only to end up making the wrong decision.

His lack of ruthlessness in front of goal is also a major negative but at Everton he could receive the chance to play in the number ten position, something he didn’t do very often for Arsenal.

When he was on the fringes of the first-team Iwobi produced some excellent moments for Arsenal at youth level, including a hat-trick for the U21s against Stoke City and a superb strike versus Bayern Munich in the UEFA Youth League.

His time at Arsenal is now over, but it is a major triumph that Iwobi made the breakthrough at all, given how close he previously came to leaving.

Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah joins Leeds on season-long loan

Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah has joined Leeds United on a season-long loan.

The 20-year-old will gain valuable experience of senior football at the Championship club having impressed for the Gunners in pre-season.

Nketiah, who was officially promoted to the Arsenal first-team squad this summer, frequently found the net for the club at U18 and U23 levels and is also a regular on the scoresheet for England at youth level.

So far Nketiah has scored three goals in 19 first-team appearances for Arsenal.

Lopez set to benefit for Arsenal as Thompson joins Brentford

Dominic Thompson has become the latest youngster to leave Arsenal, with the defender joining Championship side Brentford in a permanent deal.

The left-back, a product of Arsenal’s Hale End academy, was impressive for the first-team in pre-season and also trained with the squad on many occasions last campaign.

He will join his former Arsenal team-mate Josh Dasilva at Brentford.

Thompson’s decision to leave is a little surprising but continues the trend of youngsters wanting to get into first-team football as quickly as possible, whether that is at Arsenal or elsewhere.

Having signed scholarship terms in 2016, Thompson went on to feature in the FA Youth Cup final defeat to Chelsea in 2018 and also captained the U18s for a spell.

Last season Thompson had several games in midfield, something which certainly helped his overall development.

Thompson’s departure, inevitably, provides a chance for another youngster to impress, and it could well be Joel Lopez who benefits.

Lopez struggled for consistency during his first season at Arsenal after joining from Barcelona.

However, he has impressed during pre-season and it wouldn’t be surprising if he concluded the campaign as the first-choice left-back for the U23s, despite the fact that Tolaji Bola is still at the club. Mazeed Ogungbo is also capable of playing at left-back.

Loan report – Sheaf and Ballard make debuts; Saliba features

Ben Sheaf played the full game in midfield as Doncaster Rovers drew 1-1 with Gillingham.

Jordi Osei-Tutu started and played 68 minutes as VfL Bochum drew 3-3 with Arminia Bielefeld.

Deyan Iliev played the whole game as Sered beat DAC 3-1.

Daniel Ballard was brought on in the 88th minute as Swindon Town beat Scunthorpe United 2-0. It was the youngster’s first competitive senior appearance.

Willam Saliba played 45 minutes as Saint-Etienne lost 2-1 to Newcastle United in a friendly.