It’s pretty common to see youngsters breaking out into the upper echelons during any given pre-season with any given team, mainly because that’s just the way pre-season (and football in general) kind of works. It’s always important to bring through the crop of new stars from the next generation, because your current stars aren’t going to last forever. Therefore, as you can imagine, Arsenal aren’t immune from that – and we’re pretty happy that’s the case.
In yesterday’s article, I talked about Unai Emery getting the balance right in his selection choices for Europa League games. On Thursday night, the Spaniard got his team selection spot on, as the Gunners recorded a comfortable 3-0 win against Vorskla in Kiev.
The game was a good showcase for some of Arsenal’s youngsters to impress, as Emile Smith-Rowe and Joe Willock both got on the scoresheet for the Gunners in a comfortable victory.
According to Arsenal’s head of football Raul Sanllehi, the Gunners may need to dip into the transfer market in January to replace the injured Danny Welbeck. The England international suffered a broken ankle against Sporting Lisbon and has had two operations to fix the problem.
Not ruling signing a replacement for Welbeck
While boss Unai Emery has stated that it will give a chance to others players, including youngster Eddie Nketiah, the clubs head of football did not rule outing signing a replacement. Talking about the injury, Sanllehi told Sky Sports: “That is absolutely something unplanned,”
Danny Welbeck left the pitch with a broken ankle after 30 minutes of Arsenal’s 0-0 draw at the Emirates against Sporting Lisbon in the Europa League on Thursday. Quite apart from Welbeck’s own woes, his huge misfortune effectively left manager Unai Emery without a senior backup option for forwards Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who have both become vital ingredients in his starting line-up.
Emery now needs to figure out a way to solve the problem. Neither Lacazette nor Aubameyang can be expected to play 90 minutes of every game for the rest of the season. So what are the options, and which one will the manager go for in Welbeck’s absence?
Arsenal’s under-21 team opened their Checkatrade Trophy campaign with a 3-0 win over Coventry on Wednesday night. The game was significant as the likes of Joe Willock, Emile Smith-Rowe and Eddie Nketiah scored the goals for the Gunners.
The trio have all been in and around the Gunners senior squad in the last 12 months. In fact, Nketiah burst onto the Arsenal first team last season. The youngster is once again part of the first team squad for this season.
According to Goal, Arsenal’s young striker Chuba Akpom is set to make a £2million move to Greek club PAOK. According to the report, a number of clubs were chasing the striker’s signature. However, it seems the Greek club are not set to nab the 22-year-old in the next few days.
Never really fulfilled his promise at Arsenal
Akpom came through the Arsenal youth system and has spent ten years with the Gunners. In his late teens, it seemed that the young striker had the potential to become a first-team player for the north London side.
North London club Arsenal have decided to reward their promising starlets Eddie Nketiah, Matt Macey and Ben Sheaf with new deals at the Emirates.
Arsenal confirmed via a statement on their official website that the talented trio has agreed new deals with the Gunners after making their first-team debut this season.
Arsene Wenger has this season used a number of youth team players in the Europa League and Carabao Cup which allowed him to keep his first-team players fresh for the Premier League challenges.
Arsenal have the chance to officially seal their place in the knockout stages of the Europa League on Thursday night as the Gunners travel to Koln.
The Gunners are currently top of Group H and six points clear of third-place BATE Borisov, who have a vastly inferior goal difference to the visitors.
However, a point at the Rhein Energie Stadion on Thursday would officially see Arsene Wenger’s side progress to the knockout stages of the competition.
Arsenal seemingly did not want to make it through their Carabao Cup tie against Norwich on Tuesday night. For much of the game, Arsenal struggled to break down the Canaries. The Championship side also enjoyed some good spells during the 90 minutes.
With the likes of Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere failing to make the breakthrough it fell to 18-year-old substitute Eddie Nketiah to be the hero. The striker making his home debut rescued the north London side with an equaliser five minutes from time.
Arsenal had young substitute Eddie Nketiah to thank for progression past Norwich in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup, as the youngster scored twice to seal a 2-1 extra-time win for the Gunners.
The first attempt on goal arrived on six minutes, as Olivier Giroud looped a header straight into the hands of Gunn’s arms. Arsenal started to assert themselves on the game and on the 15th minute the Gunners had an effort on goal, as Alex Iwobi fired over the bar from 25 yards out.