Arsenal u23s were 4-3 winners over Premier League 2 rivals Manchester City this evening, though were made to work hard for their win after Jack Wilshere’s dismissal shortly after the hour mark. Continue reading
Arsene Wenger announced that along with 17-year-old winger Reiss Nelson, Ainsley Maitland-Niles would feature more regularly in the senior side next season early last month.
It was a refreshing boost for the club after a poor season and one which has provided both, especially Maitland-Niles, a golden opportunity to excel after first making his debut in their UEFA Champions League victory over Galatasaray during the 2014/15 campaign.
It has been an eventful year for Arsenal at youth level, one that will give them renewed optimism for future seasons.
Carl Jenkinson’s stoppage-time strike rescued a hard-earned point for Arsenal u23s during a 3-3 draw against Manchester City at the Emirates.
All things considered, Gedion Zelalem’s imminent loan switch to VVV-Venlo over in the Netherlands will be seen as a step down quality-wise, but is ultimately one which could help him develop further into an ideal first-team midfielder.
2016 has been a memorable year for Arsenal’s youth teams. Plenty of youngsters have developed significantly over the past twelve months and in this article, i highlight who the best performers have been on a consistent basis this year.
Stephy Mavididi netted a brace but Arsenal u23s were unable to take any points against a strong Liverpool side, which included the likes of defensive duo Mamadou Sakho and Joe Gomez, as well as Sheyi Ojo and highly rated forward, Harry Wilson.
The versatile and very talented 18-year-old has shown his ability in amongst Arsenal’s u23 side, where he has established himself as a mainstay in the team over the past few months.