Arsenal add Bramall, Crean and Medley to Premier League squad

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Arsenal have submitted their updated Premier League squad for the remainder of the season, with January signing Cohen Bramall amongst three youngsters added to the Under-21 list.

Goalkeeper Alex Crean and defender Zech Medley have also been added, while Carl Jenkinson is named on the senior list despite having been left out of the club’s Champions League squad.

All of the senior loanees- Wojciech Szczesny, Jack Wilshere, Joel Campbell, Takuma Asano and Matt Macey- have been omitted but the U21 players on temporary transfer have been included.

Arsenal’s Premier League squad

Senior list

Gabriel, Santi Cazorla, Petr Cech, Francis Coquelin*, Mathieu Debuchy, Mohamed Elneny, Kieran Gibbs, Olivier Giroud, Carl Jenkinson*, Laurent Koscielny, Emiliano Martinez*, Per Mertesacker, Nacho Monreal, Shkodran Mustafi, David Ospina, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain*, Mesut Ozil, Lucas Perez, Aaron Ramsey*, Alexis Sanchez, Yaya Sanogo, Theo Walcott*, Danny Welbeck*, Granit Xhaka.

*= homegrown

U21 list

Chuba Akpom, Daniel Ballard, Jay Beckford, Hector Bellerin, Ismael Bennacer, Josh Benson, Krystian Bielik, Marc Bola, Tolaji Bola, Cohen Bramall, Robbie Burton, Calum Chambers, Alex Crean, Dan Crowley, Kristopher Da Graca, Josh Dasilva, Vlad Dragomir, Aaron Eyoma, Yassin Fortune, Charlie Gilmour, Kaylen Hinds, Rob Holding, Ryan Huddart, Deyan Iliev, Alex Iwobi, Chiori Johnson, Glen Kamara, Hugo Keto, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Donyell Malen, Stephy Mavididi, Marcus McGuane, Zech Medley, Tafari Moore, Savvas Mourgos, Reiss Nelson, Eddie Nketiah, Kelechi Nwakali, Stefan O’Connor, Joseph Olowu, Tobi Omole, Jordi Osei-Tutu, Kostas Pileas, Julio Pleguezuelo, Jeff Reine-Adelaide, Ben Sheaf, Emile Smith-Rowe, Nathan Tella, Dominic Thompson, Jon Toral, Nathan Tormey, Joao Virginia, Chris Willock, Joe Willock, Gedion Zelalem

Arsenal add Welbeck + Mertesacker to Champions League squad, Jenkinson left out


Arsenal have submitted their updated Champions League squad for the knockout stages of the competition, with Danny Welbeck and Per Mertesacker included, while Carl Jenkinson has been left out.

Welbeck and Mertesacker were omitted from Arsenal’s squad for the group stages because of injury but have now been reinstated, replacing Jenkinson and Krystian Bielik, with the latter having joined Birmingham City on loan.

Mathieu Debuchy and Yaya Sanogo are in the squad, as is Santi Cazorla, who is still recovering from injury.

January signing Cohen Bramall isn’t named as he isn’t eligible for the B-List and there isn’t sufficient space on the A-List.

With regards to youngsters, the hugely talented Reiss Nelson is included on the B-List for the first time, as is prolific striker Eddie Nketiah, while goalkeeper Ryan Huddart is also named after returning from his loan spell at Eastleigh. Glen Kamara, who failed to see a loan move to Twente come to fruition, isn’t included.

Vlad Dragomir, Alex Crean, Yassin Fortune, Donyell Malen and Jordi Osei-Tutu aren’t yet eligible for inclusion on the B-List. All players on loan have been left out.

Arsenal Champions League squad

2. Mathieu Debuchy, 3. Kieran Gibbs, 4. Per Mertesacker, 5. Gabriel, 6. Laurent Koscielny, 7. Alexis Sánchez, 8. Aaron Ramsey, 9. Lucas Pérez, 11. Mesut Özil, 12. Olivier Giroud, 13. David Ospina, 14. Theo Walcott, 15. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 16. Rob Holding, 17. Alex Iwobi*, 18. Nacho Monreal, 19. Santi Cazorla, 20. Shkodran Mustafi, 22. Yaya Sanogo, 23. Danny Welbeck, 24. Héctor Bellerín*, 26. Emiliano Martínez, 29. Granit Xhaka, 31. Jeff Reine-Adélaïde, 33. Petr Čech, 34. Francis Coquelin, 35. Mohamed Elneny, 39. Tolaji Bola*, 42. Kristopher Da Graca*, 43. Josh Dasilva*, 46. Charlie Gilmour*, 49. Ryan Huddart*, 50. Deyan Iliev*, 51. Chiori Johnson*, 53. Hugo Keto*, 55. Ainsley Maitland-Niles*, 58. Marcus McGuane*, 60. Savvas Mourgos*, 65. Ben Sheaf*, 68. Chris Willock*, 72. Reiss Nelson*, 73. Eddie Nketiah*.

*= B-List


Tyrell Robinson leaves Arsenal after contract is terminated by mutual consent


Tyrell Robinson has left Arsenal after his contract was terminated by mutual consent.

The 19-year-old has been on the cusp of leaving the club for some time having been frustrated by the decision of the coaching staff to deploy him at left-back rather than in his preferred position on the left wing.

Robinson progressed through the ranks at Arsenal’s Hale End academy and went on to sign scholarship terms in 2014 and subsequently a professional contract.

The Basildon-born youngster trained with the first-team on several occasions and featured for what was then the U21s and in the UEFA Youth League.

However, his departure has been rather inevitable over the past year. Robinson was linked with a move to West Ham United last summer, while he has had trials with West Bromwich Albion and Queens Park Rangers.


Arsenal youngster Aaron Eyoma joins Volendam on loan

Arsenal youngster Aaron Eyoma has joined the growing contingent of the club’s youngsters in Holland by signing for Volendam on loan until the end of the season. 

The 19-year-old has endured a hugely frustrating season so far, during which he has only been used sparingly for Arsenal at U23 level and will hope to receive regular game time in the Dutch second tier. 

A hard working and skilful player, Eyoma is capable of playing at right-back but is more effective as a winger. 

The youngsters set to benefit from Arsenal’s loan exodus


Arsenal sent a host of youngsters out on loan before last night’s transfer deadline, with eight players heading out on temporary transfers over the past few days.

Those departures will inevitably open up some gaps in the U23 squad, which will allow some of the club’s younger prospects an opportunity to impress at that level. Here’s a look at which starlets could benefit.

Matt Macey will spend the rest of the season with Luton Town, meaning that Ryan Huddart, who has returned from his frustrating spell at Eastleigh, should be the first-choice goalkeeper for the U23s. The talented Hugo Keto should also receive some game time, with Joao Virginia next in line.

Krystian Bielik’s loan switch to Birmingham City leaves the U23s rather light at centre-back, especially when it is taken into consideration that Kristopher Da Graca has been out of favour of late. First-year scholar Joseph Olowu, who has already made his debut for the second-string, could step up to partner Ben Sheaf, while Josh DaSilva can also play at the heart of the defence and Kostas Pileas is an alternative choice.

At left-back, Marc Bola’s switch to Notts County should mean that January signing Cohen Bramall will receive a run of games for the U23s, with Tolaji Bola providing back up.

Moving into midfield, Gedion Zelalem and Ismael Bennacer have both gone on loan, to VVV-Venlo and Tours respectively. When he is not needed for the first-team, Ainsley Maitland-Niles can still feature for the U23s, while Marcus McGuane, DaSilva and Vlad Dragomir should benefit from additional playing time. Savvas Mourgos will also hope to feature more often and it remains to be seen what will happen with Glen Kamara after his proposed loan to Twente didn’t come to fruition.

Attackers Chuba Akpom (Brighton & Hove Albion), Kaylen Hinds (Stevenage) and Stephy Mavididi (Charlton Athletic) have all gone on loan. That should enable the prolific Eddie Nketiah, who has already proven himself for the U23s, to become the club’s first-choice striker at that level. Donyell Malen and Yassin Fortune will also be aiming to fully establish themselves in the side.

With the above information taken into account, here’s how Arsenal’s U23 team could now look





(Deyan Iliev remains injured)

JOHNSON                                  OLOWU                                    SHEAF                   BRAMALL

Osei-Tutu                                  Da Graca                                      Pileas                      T. Bola

                                                   MAITLAND-NILES                  DASILVA 

                                                    McGuane                                      Kamara


NELSON                                                             DRAGOMIR                     C. WILLOCK

Eyoma                                                                    Mourgos                           Robinson

Fortune                                                                                                              Smith-Rowe



  • Jeff Reine-Adelaide could also feature despite being part of the first-team squad

Round-up: Bielik and Mavididi amongst six Arsenal youngsters to go on loan but Kamara move collapses


There may not have been any incomings at Arsenal on transfer deadline day but there were a significant amount of loan departures with no fewer than six young Gunners sealing temporary moves.

Perhaps the most significant deal involved Krystian Bielik, who has needed to go on loan for some time. The Polish centre-back will spend the remainder of the campaign with Birmingham City in the Championship, which should provide a gauge as to how ready he is to step up at Arsenal. Bielik will be seeking to follow on from Jon Toral, who thrived on loan at Birmingham last campaign.

Also going on loan is Stephy Mavididi, who has linked up with League One side Charlton Athletic to gain his first experience of senior football. The powerful forward has scored with regularity for Arsenal at U23 level and will hope to hit the ground running on the first-team stage.

Kaylen Hinds, meanwhile, has also gone on loan for the first time after moving to Stevenage of League Two. Usually deployed as an attacking midfielder, the prospect has suffered with several injuries in recent seasons but has still produced some encouraging performances for Arsenal’s youth sides when fit. Hinds signed a contract extension with Arsenal prior to going on loan.

Left-back Marc Bola has also moved to League Two and has signed for Notts County on loan. The Hale End product has been a mainstay of the Arsenal U23 side over the past couple of seasons and will seek to prove that he still has a future with the Gunners despite the arrival of Cohen Bramall.

Goalkeeper Matt Macey joins Hinds and Bola in League Two after heading to Luton Town. The 22-year-old is on the cusp of the Arsenal first-team squad but is yet to make a competitive appearance for the club. He previously had a loan spell with Accrington Stanley.

Meanwhile, Gedion Zelalem’s loan move to Dutch second division side VVV-Venlo was finally confirmed.

One player who didn’t manage to secure a loan deal is midfielder Glen Kamara, who had been on trial at FC Twente. With the transfer window now shut, he must remain at Arsenal until the end of the season unless his contract is terminated by mutual consent.

It is perhaps a little surprising that Chris Willock didn’t go on loan, but the winger should get a chance to express himself elsewhere next season.

Malen scores again as Arsenal U18s beat Southampton

Donyell Malen was on the scoresheet again as Arsenal U18s beat their Southampton counterparts 1-0 away today to extend their winning sequence to three games. 

Coach Kwame Ampadu made four alterations to the side that prevailed past Reading last weekend, with Alex Crean, Charlie Gilmour, Joe Willock and Trae Coyle coming in for Joao Virginia,  Josh DaSilva, Vlad Dragomir and the injured Marcus McGuane. 

Arsenal started well and scored what proved to be the only goal of the game in the 21st minute as Willock’s excellent searching pass found Malen, who dispatched a powerful effort into the back of the net for his third goal in as many matches. 

Arsenal’s next game is away to Fulham on Saturday. 

Arsenal: Crean; Osei-Tutu, Olowu, Pileas, T. Bola; Gilmour, J. Willock; Fortune, Coyle, Malen; Nketiah. 

Subs: Burton (for Fortune, 68), Ballard (for Gilmour, 81). Not used: Barden, Medley, Omole.