Arsenal take young Scottish goalkeeper Donaldson on trial

Arsenal have taken young Scottish goalkeeper Josh Donaldson on trial.

The 15-year-old, who currently plays for Dundee United, has been linked with several high-profile clubs and is currently training with Arsenal’s youngsters at the Hale End academy.

Arsenal already have several promising goalkeepers on their books at youth level. Finnish shot-stopper Hugo Keto has featured for the club in the UEFA Youth League this season, whilst Ryan Huddart has been heavily involved with the U18s.

In addition, schoolboys George Phillips and Jordan Perrin have both been called up to the U18 squad this campaign, with Joao Virginia, a highly-regarded Portuguese goalkeeper, currently training with Frans De Kat’s side after arriving at the club in the summer.

Matt Macey, meanwhile, is the current first choice for the U21s, with the former Bristol Rovers youngster having been heavily involved of the first-team squad of late. Deyan Iliev, however, hasn’t featured at all this season because of injury.

Nelson scores brace and is sent off as England U17s lose to Germany U17s

England v Belgium: International U16 Fixture

BURTON-UPON-TRENT, ENGLAND – AUGUST 20: Reiss Nelson of England U16’s in action during the International U16 fixture between England and Belgium at St George’s Park on August 20, 2014 in Burton-Upon-Trent, England. (Photo by Paul Thomas/Getty Images)

Arsenal youngster Reiss Nelson endured a bizarre three minutes as England U17s lost 5-3 to their Germany counterparts in a fixture that was played behind closed doors today at St. George’s Park.

In a remarkable game Germany established a five-goal lead before Nelson reduced the deficit slightly with a neat finish shortly after being brought on as a substitute. The schoolboy then scored his second of the game from the penalty spot but was then sent off just a minute later.

England scored a third goal through Jonathan Leko, with Arsenal youngsters Marcus Agyei-Tabi and Tolaji Bola having earlier entered the fray as substitutes.

The main story, however, involved Nelson, who experienced delight and frustration in quick succession.

England face Germany again on Friday.

Pass master DaSilva relishes midfield position as Arsenal U18s beat Brighton


Defensive frailties are usually taken as a given when it comes to Arsenal U18s, but at least this season those long-standing problems have been counteracted somewhat by some excellent attacking play.

The young Gunners notched up their third victory in succession on Saturday as they prevailed past their Brighton & Hove Albion counterparts with a 3-1 win at London Colney.

The goals came courtesy of a brace from Tyrell Robinson and a strike from Yassin Fortune, but the real hero was Joshua DaSilva, who impressed operating in a deep-lying midfield position.

It wasn’t the first time that the Hale End product has been used there and, given that he is naturally an attack-minded player, it isn’t exactly ideal, but against Brighton he relished the opportunity to initiate attacks from the middle of the pitch.

That was none more so in evidence that for the opening goal, with DaSilva playing a stunning long-range pass directly into the path of Robinson, who finished superbly.

DaSilva made several bursts from deep throughout the game and impressed with his passing. Perhaps such a tactic wouldn’t be quite so effective against better organised sides, but on this occasion it worked perfectly.

Previously a prolific goalscorer for Arsenal at U16 level, DaSilva scored just twice for the U18s last season and has found the net just once this time around, and that was a heavily deflected effort.

DaSilva has admitted that he needs to find the net with greater regularity, but his all-round performance against Brighton demonstrated that other aspects of the 17-year-old’s game are rather impressive.

Arsenal: Huddart; Eyoma, Da Graca, Pileas, Chatzitheodoridis; Mourgos, DaSilva; Robinson (J. Willock, 75), Nelson (Dragomir, 46), Fortune; Malen (Nketiah, 57). Not used: Perrin, T. Bola.

Crowley scores excellent goal and Maitland-Niles features as England U19s beat Japan

Arsenal midfielder Dan Crowley scored his first ever goal in an England shirt as the Three Lions beat Japan at U19 level today.

Crowley, who recently returned to the Gunners following a loan spell at League One side Barnsley, entered the fray as a substitute and proceeded to score an excellent goal as he drove forwards from the halfway line before finishing excellently.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who has caught the eye on loan at Ipswich Town this season, started the game.

Robinson hits brace as Arsenal U18s beat Brighton

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Tyrell Robinson continued his return to form as Arsenal U18s beat their Brighton & Hove Albion counterparts 3-1 at London Colney this morning.

The winger, who had previously been left out of the squad after growing frustrated at his lack of chances in the U21 side, hit a brace against Brighton, with French attacker Yassin Fortune also on the scoresheet as Frans De Kat’s team registered their third win in succession.

The young Gunners are next in action away to West Ham United later this month.

Arsenal to play West Brom in FA Youth Cup- competition preview

Arsenal have been drawn at home to West Bromwich Albion in the 3rd Round of the FA Youth Cup, with the tie to take place at Meadow Park next month, with the young Gunners seeking to win the competition for the first time since 2009 .

The Gunners will be seeking to fare better in the competition this time around after they were eliminated at the 5th Round last season by Crewe Alexandra.


Ryan Huddart has been playing in goal for the U18s this season as an overage player, but isn’t permitted to feature in this competition, so Hugo Keto, who has impressed in the UEFA Youth League this campaign, is set to start in goal. Schoolboys George Phillips and Jordan Perrin are set to compete to be his back-up, with new arrival Joao Virginia yet to feature for the club.


With several players ahead of him in more advanced positions, Aaron Eyoma could be called upon at right-back. The Hale End product is more at ease playing as a winger, but has played at full-back on several occasions in the past. Alternatively, Jordi Osei-Tutu, who signed professional terms earlier in the season, could be called upon.

Chiori Johnson, who featured in this competition last season, is still out injured and is yet to play at any level this campaign.


Krystian Bielik made his Arsenal first-team debut earlier this season and is one of the most high-profile players available for the club in this competition. Although he seems to be more impressive in midfield, Bielik has been used almost exclusively as a centre-back this campaign.

It remains to be seen who will partner him in this competition. Kristopher Da Graca is the most experienced option, but he has struggled to convince so far. First-year scholars Tolaji Bola and Kostas Pileas are alternative choices.


Despite the fact that he is yet to be offered professional terms, Marc Bola has established himself as Arsenal’s first-choice left-back at U21 level and should feature prominently in this competition.

Ilias Chatzitheodoridis is one of the very few natural left-backs in Arsenal’s youth system at present, and the Greek youth international could make the bench, even though he has endured some difficult moments at U18 level. Tyrell Robinson is naturally a winger but could be used at left-back if required.


Ben Sheaf has developed well this season and made the bench for the first-team for the Capital One Cup tie against Sheffield Wednesday. Marcus Agyei-Tabi, who has also caught the eye this campaign, is set to make the squad in the Youth Cup this campaign.


Arsenal have several central-midfield options, but Ismael Bennacer, who featured against Sheffield Wednesday for the senior side, is most likely to be called upon. Savvas Mourgos is likely to make the bench, whilst Vlad Dragomir and Charlie Gilmour are also in contention.


One of Arsenal’s most highly-regarded talents, Jeff Reine-Adelaide starred for the first-team in the Emirates Cup, and will be looking to do likewise in this competition.

First-year scholar Nathan Tella is likely to have to wait until next season for his opportunity in this competition.

Central attacking midfield

Kaylen Hinds has featured prominently for Arsenal at U21 level this season and has delivered some impressive performances.

Joshua DaSilva has been involved for the club in the UEFA Youth League, but faces a battle just to make the bench given the strong competition for places.


Chris Willock has fared well for club and country this season and some impressive displays in this competition could help the youngster to cement a place as a regular in the U21 side.

Schoolboy Reiss Nelson could be rewarded with a place on the bench, but will face considerable competition in that regard from Yassin Fortune.

Chris Willock’s younger brother Joe Willock signed scholarship terms with the club earlier this season but needs to assert himself in the U18 league side first before being considered for this competition.


There is fierce competition for a starting berth in this side. Stephy Mavididi, the top scorer for the U21 so far this campaign, is likely to start, but the hugely promising Dutch striker Donyell Malen should make the bench. Meanwhile, Edward Nketiah, who has been in excellent form for the U18s this season, will hope to be included in the squad.

Possible team:


Eyoma-Da Graca-Bielik-M. Bola


Reine Adelaide-Hinds-C. Willock


Subs: Phillips, Osei-Tutu, Agyei-Tabi, Nelson, Malen.

Arsenal’s Harry Donovan completes Millwall move

Arsenal youngster Harry Donovan has completed his permanent move to League One side Millwall following a successful trial.

The central-midfielder progressed through Arsenal’s Hale End academy and first featured for Arsenal at U18 level when he was still an U15 player.

Donovan featured prominently for Arsenal at U18 level last season and also broke into the UEFA Youth League side, in addition to being invited to train with the first-team squad on one occasion.

However, he informed the coaching staff of his desire to leave earlier this campaign after they refused to provide him with a guarantee that he would be offered professional terms at the conclusion of his scholarship deal.

A good passer of the ball, Donovan sometimes struggles with 50:50 challenges, but he is a determined player who leaves with the best wishes of the club.

Donovan becomes the third member of last season’s intake of scholars to depart. Jonatas Centeno is now at Sheffield Wednesday, whilst George Dobson moved on to West Ham in the summer.

Following Donovan’s departure, Arsenal have four remaining second-year scholars on their books. Marc Bola, Aaron Eyoma and Savvas Mourgos will be hopeful of progressing to professional terms, but left-back Ilias Chatzitheodoridis is in danger of being released at the end of the season.