Arsenal’s Jeff Reine-Adelaide set to miss two months through injury

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Arsenal’s Jeff Reine-Adelaide is set for a spell on the sidelines, with the youngster poised to miss around two months through injury.

The French winger has made an impressive start to life in North London since joining the club from Lens in the summer, but he suffered a serious-looking injury in the recent U21 fixture away to Newcastle United and has now been informed that he will be out for a prolonged period.

The news will be disheartening for the 17-year-old, who would otherwise have been in contention to make his competitive first-team debut against Tottenham Hotspur in the Capital One Cup this week.

It isn’t currently clear exactly what side Arsene Wenger will field at White Hart Lane, but Alex Iwobi, Krystian Bielik, Julio Pleguezuelo, Glen Kamara and Matt Macey are the youngsters who are currently closest to the first-team squad and some of them could train with the senior side tomorrow.

*Info via Andy’s Arsenal U18’s.

Loan report- Martinez saves penalty; Maitland-Niles impresses; Zelalem features



Emiliano Martinez produced a man-of-the-match display as Wolverhampton Wanderers drew 0-0 with Brighton & Hove Albion. The goalkeeper hasn’t been a regular starter this season, but he underlined his credentials as he kept out Tomer Hemed’s penalty before also saving the striker’s follow-up effort.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles made a significant impact during Ipswich Town’s 1-1 draw with Birmingham City. The winger won the penalty from which David Cotterill opened the scoring. However, Birmingham, for whom Jon Toral was an un-used substitute, later equalised.

Chuba Akpom was introduced in the 65th minute as Hull City drew 1-1 with Queens Park Rangers. Isaac Hayden, meanwhile, was an un-used substitute.

Carl Jenkinson played 85 minutes of West Ham United’s 2-1 win over Manchester City before being replaced after he suffered an injury.

Gedion Zelalem played the whole game as Rangers beat Dumbarton 2-1.

Wellington was involved from the offset and played 63 minutes as Bolton Wanderers were beaten 4-1 by Huddersfield Town.

Serge Gnabry was an un-used substitute as West Bromwich Albion beat Aston Villa 1-0.

Yaya Sanogo wasn’t involved as Ajax beat Excelsior 2-0.

Dan Crowley didn’t feature as Barnsley drew 1-1 with Blackpool.

Wojciech Szczesny missed Roma’s 2-2 draw with Sassuolo through injury.

Agyei-Tabi penalty not enough as Arsenal U18s lose to Fulham

U18 Premier League- Fulham 2 Arsenal 1

After winning their previous two fixtures, Arsenal U18s saw their recent good form come to a halt yesterday as they were beaten 2-1 by their Fulham counterparts at Motspur Park.

This was Arsenal’s first return to the venue where they were thrashed 5-1 on the final day of last season; a result that condemned them to finishing in bottom place in the lowest division of the U18 league.

Coach Frans De Kat made several changes to the side that beat West Ham United last time out, with Hugo Keto, Kristopher Da Graca and Reiss Nelson all being rested after their involvement in the UEFA Youth League, whilst Yassin Fortune dropped to the bench.

In their place, Ryan Huddart started in goal, centre-back Kostas Pileas made his first official appearance for the club, Josh Dasilva also started and Tyrell Robinson returned to the side on the left wing. Meanwhile, midfielder Harry Donovan, who is still expected to leave the club in the near future, was amongst the substitutes after receiving his first call-up for over a month.


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Subs: Barden, Fortune, Tella, Agyei-Tabi, Donovan.

Arsenal started well and struck the woodwork twice in the opening period, but Arsenal were thankful for Huddart, who saved a penalty early on.

Fulham did eventually take the lead, though, with Dennis Adeniran heading past Huddart. Adeniran was also involved in Fulham’s second goal as he initiated the move that culminated in winger Stephen Humphreys making it 2-0.

Arsenal managed to reduce the deficit, with Marcus Agyei-Tabi scoring a penalty at the venue where he made his U18 debut after fellow substitute Nathan Tella was fouled in the area.

The young Gunners have won three, drawn one and lost two of their fixtures so far and are next in action against their Tottenham Hotspur counterparts at London Colney on Wednesday.

*Info via Robert Wood.

Report Willock impresses as Arsenal start Youth League campaign with victory over Zagreb

Arsenal U19s commenced their UEFA Youth League campaign in impressive style today as they secured a 2-0 victory away to Dinamo Zagreb.

Chris Willock played a prominent part in proceedings, with the England youth international opening the scoring with an excellent strike before winning the penalty from which Ben Sheaf made it 2-0.

Arsenal were able to field a very strong side, especially in an attacking sense, despite the fact that they were without the injured Jeff Reine-Adelaide. In the Frenchman’s absence, schoolboy Reiss Nelson was afforded a start and was largely impressive.


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Subs: Huddart, Da Graca, T. Bola, Agyei-Tabi, Mourgos, Eyoma (for Hinds, 86), Dasilva (for C. Willock, 77).

Zagreb started brightly, with Amer Gojak doing well to find Ivan Bozic, but the latter’s effort was well held by Hugo Keto.

Arsenal then provided an indication of their attacking attributes as Nelson exchanged passes with Alex Iwobi in a neat move, but Stephy Mavididi was unable to apply the finishing touch.

Nelson then went for goal himself but saw his shot saved after he was located by Krystian Bielik. Keto subsequently had to make a couple of commendable saves as Zagreb briefly threatened, but Arsenal ended the half in the ascendancy and managed to take the lead before the interval.

Firstly Mavididi shot just over then Willock opened the scoring in impressive fashion as he manoeuvred his way past two players prior to finishing adroitly.

Arsenal’s dominance continued after the break, with Iwobi having a shot saved and Bielik heading over from a corner.

The young Gunners were evidently in control of procedings and they then doubled their advantage when the ever-dangerous Willock was fouled in the penalty area and Sheaf converted the spot-kick.

Zagreb weren’t exactly a spent force, however, and threatened the Arsenal goal thereafter, hitting the woodwork with one opportunity.

However, Arsenal’s lead remained intact and this victory represents an excellent start to the group stages for the youngsters. The pre-season success in South Africa rather whetted the appetite for a fruitful Youth League campaign and, even though there is a very long way to go, the early signs are certainly very promising indeed.

Harry Donovan set to leave Arsenal

Second year scholar Harry Donovan is set to leave Arsenal after the club refused to guarantee him a professional contract.

The 17-year-old central-midfielder was a mainstay for the U18s last season after signing scholarship terms and also featured in the UEFA Youth League, but wasn’t guaranteed a long term future at the club.

A good passer of the ball who weighed in with several goals last season, Donovan struggles with 50-50 challenges. He trained with the first-team squad once last season and previously featured for the U18s when he was still a schoolboy.

However, he failed to earn a call up to the U21 squad last season and is now likely to leave the club in the near future. Arsenal will still allow the youngster to train with the club whilst he attempts to secure a deal elsewhere.

Meanwhile, Joe Willock’s future is also uncertain, with the Hale End product yet to offically sign his scholarship deal.

Arsenal have submitted their list of eligible players for the UEFA Youth League group stages, with the inclusion of Dan Crowley the most surprising selection.

The midfielder is currently on loan at Barnsley until January, but has still been registered to play in Europe’s premier youth tournament.

Meanwhile, Donyell Malen and Vlad Dragomir have both been included, suggesting that their FIFA registration problems will soon be solved, although the latter is currently injured.

Several more experienced players have been included, such as Ryan Huddart, Tafari Moore, Stefan O’Connor, Julio Pleguezuelo and Alex Iwobi. Summer arrivals Jeff Reine-Adelaide and Ismael Bennacer have made the cut alongside schoolboys Jordan Perrin, Rob Howard, Josh Benson and Emile Smith-Rowe.

Krystian Bielik is in the squad, but there is no place for Harry Donovan, who hasn’t featured for the U18s recently, or Joe Willock, who is yet to officially sign scholarship terms with the club.

Arsenal UEFA Youth League squad: Huddart, Keto, Perrin, Da Graca, Johnson, Moore, O’Connor, Pleguezuelo, M. Bola, T. Bola, Chatzitheodoridis, Osei-Tutu, Pileas, Howard, Bennacer, Bielik, Crowley, Reine-Adelaide, Robinson, Sheaf, Agyei-Tabi, Dasilva, Dragomir, Eyoma, Gilmour, Mourgos, Tella, Benson, Smith-Rowe, Hinds, Iwobi, Mavididi, C. Willock, Fortune, Nketiah, Malen, Nelson.

Fortune catches the eye out wide in Arsenal U18 victory over West Ham

Arsenal initially signed French youngster Yassin Fortune in the summer with the intention of playing him in a central striking position, but, after a stellar performance out wide from the first-year scholar against West Ham United for the U18s, coach Frans De Kat acknowledged that he may be more suited to playing on the left flank.

It was Fortune’s dangerous cross from that area of the pitch which led to Arsenal scoring the only goal of the game, with West Ham conceding courtesy of an own goal after they failed to deal with the ball in.

As has often been the case at this level in recent years, Arsenal struggled defensively, with Kristopher Da Graca again particularly culpable, but the Gunners were grateful for the presence of Hugo Keto in goal, who made some impressive saves on his return from international duty.

It was another frustrating game against his former side for West Ham’s George Dobson, who also featured as The Hammers were thrashed at U21 level by Arsenal recently. On this occasion the Hale End product was one of West Ham’s better players, but he was unable to find the net with any of his three attempts.

De Kat acknowledged that, despite the victory, Arsenal struggled to control the game in midfield, which is rather unsurprising as the club don’t have a recognised defensive-midfielder to call upon at this level, other than Krystian Bielik, who is firmly ensconced in the U21 set-up.

There is much to admire about this Arsenal side in an attacking sense, though, with Edward Nketiah continuing to work hard up front despite not getting on the scoresheet on this occasion. Substitutes Reiss Nelson and Josh Dasilva also contributed to the attacking momentum.

With the U21s playing Newcastle United on Friday, there is a chance that some members of the U18 squad could train with the first-team prior to the game against Stoke City.

Arsenal: Keto; Osei-Tutu, Da Graca, T. Bola, Chatzitheodoridis; Gilmour, Mourgos; Tella, Eyoma, Fortune; Nketiah. Subs: Agyei-Tabi, Nelson, Dasilva, Pileas, Barden.