Loan report-Campbell scores; Nwakali features


Joel Campbell scored and set up a goal as Sporting Lisbon beat Arouca 3-0. The Costa Rican played the whole game up front and put his side 2-0 up before assisting Bas Dost.

Wojciech Szczesny played the whole game and kept a clean sheet as Roma beat Bologna 3-0.

Jack Wilshere played the full game as Bournemouth were beaten 2-1 by Sunderland. The midfielder has earned a recall to the England squad.

Calum Chambers played 90 minutes as Middlesbrough drew 1-1 with Manchester City.

Takuma Asano started and played 60 minutes on the left wing as Stuttgart beat Arminia Bielefeld 3-1.

Kelechi Nwakali played the whole game as Maastricht beat Telstar 2-1. Stefan O’Connor wasn’t involved.

Jon Toral played 69 minutes as Granada drew 1-1 with Deportivo La Coruna.

Tafari Moore played 77 minutes as Jong Utrecht lost 2-1 to Eindhoven.

Glen Kamara was an un-used substitute as Colchester United lost 2-1 to Chesterfield.

Dan Crowley was an un-used substitute as Oxford United beat Merstham 5-0.

Ryan Huddart was an un-used substitute as Eastleigh drew 1-1 with Swindon Town.

Julio Pleguezuelo wasn’t involved as Mallorca drew 2-2 with Real Zaragoza.








Nketiah strikes again as Arsenal U18s are held by West Ham

Edward Nketiah continued his prolific form as he found the net in Arsenal U18s’ 1-1 draw away to West Ham United today. 

Nketiah put Arsenal in the lead but the Hammers equalised, with Kwame Ampadu’s team having to settle for a point for the second week in succession.  

Ampadu named the same team as in the previous game, with Vlad Dragomir, Donyell Malen and Josh DaSilva all featuring. 

Next up for the young Gunners is a home game against Swansea City on November 19th. 

Arsenal: Virginia; Osei-Tutu, Olowu, Pileas, T. Bola; McGuane, DaSilva; Tella, Dragomir, Malen; Nketiah. 

Subs: Okonkwo, Burton, Coyle, Ballard. 

Via ArsenalFixtureNews

Arsenal youngster Yassin Fortune could miss another six weeks through injury

Arsenal youngster Yassin Fortune has suffered a recurrence of his hip injury that could keep him out for another six weeks. 

The 17-year-old missed the entirety of pre-season and the start of the campaign through injury before making his return for the U18s against Fulham recently. 

However, the France youth international is set for another extended spell on the sidelines. 

On a more positive note midfielder Charlie Gilmour, who hasn’t played at all this season, is closing in on a return to action. 

Report- Nelson strikes but Arsenal U19s are held to draw by Ludogorets

UEFA Youth League

Ludogorets 1 Arsenal 1 (Nelson)


Arsenal U19s face a battle to reach the knockout stages of the UEFA Youth League after they were held to a 1-1 draw away to Ludogorets today.

The young Gunners took the lead courtesy of Reiss Nelson, but Ludogorets battled bravely and equalised through Preslav Petrov. Arsenal went in search of a winning goal but, despite Krystian Bielik’s effort rattling the woodwork, they had to settle for a point.

Arsenal were dealt a blow in the build-up to the game with Edward Nketiah, who has been so impressive this season, forced to miss the match. Trae Coyle was given a start, whilst Jeff Reine-Adelaide made his first appearance at this level this campaign.


Johnson-Bielik-Da Graca-M. Bola

McGuane-Reine Adelaide



Subs: Mourgos (for M. Bola, 46), Eyoma (for Johnson, 61), Dragomir (for Coyle, 73). Not used: Virginia, T. Bola, DaSilva.

Arsenal started in the ascendancy with Coyle and Reine-Adelaide having efforts closed down before Nelson and Donyell Malen both missed inviting opportunities.

Eventually, though, Arsenal did manage to take the lead, with Nelson finishing well with 33 minutes gone.

Malen had a chance to make it 2-0 before the break but the Dutchman was unable to find the net.

Arsenal made a change at the start of the second half, with Savvas Mourgos replacing Marc Bola at left-back.

The young Gunners continued to have the majority of possession and they carved out several further chances but they were still unable to extend their lead with Reine-Adelaide coming close to scoring before Malen hit two efforts wide.

Arsenal were made to pay for their profligacy, with Petrov equalising in the 73rd minute, and, despite the introduction of Vlad Dragomir, Andries Jonker’s side weren’t able to restore their lead, with Bielik’s effort hitting the woodwork.

Next up is a home game against Paris Saint-Germain, a fixture which in the current circumstances is surely a must-win for Arsenal.

Nketiah scores and Dragomir impresses as Arsenal U18s beat Norwich


Arsenal U18s prevailed past their Norwich City counterparts with a 1-0 victory at London Colney on Saturday, with the prolific Edward Nketiah scoring the only goal of the game.

Nketiah has been heavily involved for the U23s of late but he was excellent upon his return to U18 action, while midfielder Vlad Dragomir caught the eye with some slick passes.

Arsenal dominated proceedings and, in truth, Kwame Ampadu’s side really should have scored more goals, with Donyell Malen striking the crossbar and Nathan Tella squandering two inviting opportunities.

The young Gunners played some slick, free-flowing football, with Josh DaSilva breaking forwards from midfield at every opportunity, while Malen, stationed on the left flank, produced one of his best performances of the season so far.

There was one moment of concern when an overhit pass from Jordi Osei-Tutu caught out Joseph Olowu, but Arsenal were able to keep a clean sheet.

Next up is an away game against West Ham United on Saturday.

Arsenal: Virginia; Osei-Tutu, Olowu, Pileas, T. Bola; McGuane, DaSilva; Tella, Dragomir, Malen (J. Willock, 68); Nketiah. Subs not used: Okonkwo, Burton, Coyle, Omole.

Loan report- Wilshere faces Chambers, Asano scores, Toral takes on Barcelona


Takuma Asano played 77 minutes and scored his first goal for Stuttgart in the 3-1 victory over Karlsruher.

Calum Chambers and Jack Wilshere both played 90 minutes for their respective loan sides as Middlesbrough beat Bournemouth 2-0. Chambers produced an impressive performance at the heart of the Middlesbrough defence, whilst Wilshere was involved in some slick passing moves for Bournemouth.

Wojciech Szczesny played the whole game and kept a clean sheet as Roma drew 0-0 with Empoli.

Joel Campbell featured as a 64th minute substitute as Sporting Lisbon drew 0-0 with Nacional.

Dan Crowley played the whole game as Oxford United lost 2-1 to Millwall.

It was an unhappy homecoming for Jon Toral as the midfielder played 77 minutes and was booked during Granada’s 1-0 defeat away to Barcelona.

Kelechi Nwakali made his first start for Maastricht and played 77 minutes in the 2-1 defeat to Volendam. Stefan O’Connor wasn’t involved.

Tafari Moore came on as a substitute in the 77th minute and was booked as Utrecht II lost 1-0 to Den Bosch.

Glen Kamara was an un-used substitute as Colchester United lost 2-1 to Plymouth Argyle.

Ryan Huddart was an un-used substitute as Eastleigh were beaten 4-0 by Barrow.

Julio Pleguezuelo wasn’t involved as Mallorca drew 0-0 with Gimnastic Tarragona.



Report- Nelson impresses as Arsenal U23s thrash Sunderland 4-0


Premier League 2

Arsenal 4 (Mavididi (pen), Nelson, Hinds, C. Willock)) Sunderland 0

Arsenal U23s returned to winning ways in emphatic style tonight as they thrashed their Sunderland counterparts 4-0 at home.

The young Gunners, with many of their key players back available, proved too difficult for Sunderland to deal with as Stephy Mavididi opened the scoring from the penalty spot before Reiss Nelson, Kaylen Hinds and Chris Willock also found the net.

This victory capped off a positive week for the academy after several of the club’s best starlets were part of the squad for the EFL Cup victory over Reading.

With the exception of Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who trained with the first-team again today, coach Steve Gatting welcomed back the majority of his star names, with Gedion Zelalem, Willock, Krystian Bielik, Ben Sheaf, Marc Bola, Reiss Nelson and Mavididi all starting.


Johnson-Bielik-Sheaf-M. Bola


Nelson-Hinds-C. Willock


Subs: Dragomir (for Hinds), Nketiah (for Mavididi). Not used: Keto, McGuane, DaSilva.

Sunderland commenced the game in positive fashion, with Joel Asoro seeking to cause problems for the Arsenal defence, but Bielik and Sheaf were resolute at the back.

Gradually Arsenal started to assert themselves, with Nelson becoming increasingly influential. The winger drove at the Sunderland defence on several occasions and in one such instance his trickery proved too difficult for the Black Cats to deal with and a penalty was awarded for a rash challenge.

Mavididi, back up front after a spell in the number ten position, stepped up to make it 1-0 from the spot.

To Sunderland’s credit they weren’t especially disheartened by conceding and immediately sought to equalise, with George Honeyman shooting over.

Sheaf, who again impressed at centre-back, then had to make an important interception to ensure that Arsenal took their lead into the break.

Arsenal seemed intent on extending their advantage after the interval and they did just that with nine minutes of the second half gone as Nelson finished calmly following a slick move.

Three minutes later Hinds added further gloss to the scoreline with his first goal of the season after his initial effort was parried. The strike will have meant much to the attacker, who has endured a considerable amount of misfortune with injuries in recent seasons.

Sunderland then had the ball in the net, but Asoro’s effort was ruled out for offside and any flickering hope that the visitors had of somehow clawing their way back into the game was rendered obsolete when Willock made it 4-0 in the 65th minute with an astute finish.

Arsenal then rang the changes, with Vlad Dragomir and Edward Nketiah replacing Hinds and Mavididi.

By that point, though, the game was long since over as a contest, with the result suggesting that there is a chance that Arsenal could preserve their place in the top tier of second string football this campaign.