Category Archives: Arsenal Youth

Is Deyan Iliev set to be Arsenal’s backup to Szczesny? And Bellerin to replace Sagna?

Everyone is getting excited about all the Arsenal transfer rumours linking us with top-class replacements for the departing Lukasz Fabianski and Bacary Sagna, but few people are thinking from Arsene Wenger’s point of view. Has everybody forgotten Wenger’s mantra of “Arsenal don’t buy stars – we make them…..”

With that in mind in may pay to consider that we have a very talented youngster already in our squad; the Macedonian U21 keeper Deyan Iliev. Wenger brought him in on deadline day in 2012 and he has been solid in the Arsenal Youth team this season, and was apparently set to be snapped up by the Belgian club Mechelen this summer, only to be listed on Arsene Wenger’s retained list for the coming season.

Has Wenger dumped youth for experience at Arsenal?

We all know that youth development at Arsenal is one of the things that Arsene Wenger has focused most of his time on since taking over at the club back in 1996. You wouldn’t have known it on Tuesday, though, as the Prof picked a starting line-up for a huge game against West Ham that had an average age of 29 years and 188 days.

The last time Arsenal fielded an older side than that was 11 years ago, so is this the shape of things to come? Has Wenger finally had to accept that his insistence on youth needs to be tempered down more with experience and wisdom? It is probably a bit of both.

Do Arsenal have TOO MUCH focus on youth development?

Is youth an Arsenal value? by Ash

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been criticised several times during the past few years over a lack of success and not moving on with the modernisation of football. And many are quick to state that the fact he is persistent in building the ‘team of the future’ rather than focus on the current Arsenal team , offers a good reason behind why Arsenal haven’t challenged in the same way as they did before under Wenger.

Is Arsenal starlet’s loan deal totally ruined?

We all know that Arsenal make as much use of the loan system as they can. It gives our young players avital opportunity to experience some proper competitive football rather than just the underage reserve stuff which is not the same. And it has proved to be a great stepping stone for many of the players in the Gunners academy, like Jack Wilshere and Wojciech Szczesny, but it does not seem to be helping Chuba Akpom.

Will new Arsenal contract mean game time for Zelalem?

The news has yet to be made official by Arsenal Football Club, but it is being reported by a number pr reliable sources, including Sky Sports, that the young midfield talent Gedion Zelalem has agreed his first professional contract with the Gunners.

The 17-year old has made just one appearance for the Gunners first team this season and is yet to feature in the Premier League. But if he had not sustained an injury a few months ago that could well have been different. He has been on the bench three times in the league and, with Aaron Ramsey needing time to get match fit and Jack Wilshere being injured, I would not be surprised to see him making his BPL debut fairly soon.

Can Afobe rescue Arsenal career with loan move?

Is this end for Afobe’s Arsenal career? by Ash

Whilst everyone is focusing on the potential arrival of Schalke 04 player and Germany international Julian Draxler at Arsenal, as well as other possible transfer targets, there has been some news regarding outgoing players from the Emirates, with the latest player to walk out the exit door being young England youth player Benik Afobe.

Arsenal today announced that Benik Afobe will join Sheffield Wednesday on loan for the remainder of the season. Although it doesn’t mean that one striker leaving suggests another one is coming in, it does help make some room for any possible additions, with Afobe not being anywhere near the current first team selection.

Is it end of the Arsenal road for Frimpong and Coquelin?

Arsenal Football Club are understandably proud of their youth system. It is a strong policy of the club under Arsene Wenger and has produced some exceptional players, even though we have not always been able to hold on to them. But for every Jack Wilshere, Wojciech Szczesny or Kieran Gibbs, there are many more Henri Lansbury’s, who do not quite make the Gunners grade.

Zelalem to get an Arsenal debut and a contract for his Birthday?

Zelalem set to get two birthday presents from Arsenal? by Ash

I’m sure that some Arsenal fans are unsure on Gedion Zelalem, regarding whether they really know who he is or not, but regardless of the answer it seems is that everyone who has seen him play is in agreement that the boy has talent. Tonight he could make history by making his professional first team debut for the Gunners with Coventry City set to visit the Emirates for tonight’s 4th round FA Cup clash.

Arsenal have fantastic future after Jonker chosen to run academy

Arsenal have traditionally kept this sort of role `in the family` so to speak. Former Gunners such as Pat Rice, Steve Bould and Liam Brady are testament to this, and it is the latter’s position at the club that needs to be filled. The Irishman announced his decision to step down as academy director some time ago, so Arsenal have had plenty of time to find the perfect man to replace him.

Can Walcott injury be the making of Gnabry at Arsenal?

Will Walcott Injury Provide Breakthrough For Young Gnabry? by AT

Losing a player of the quality of Theo Walcott at such a pivotal time in the season is a bitter pill to swallow for any club. The Englishman was in fine goal-scoring form before suffering the knee injury in the FA Cup tie against Tottenham Hotspur and while the news doesn’t necessarily end Arsenal’s hopes of clinching the Premier League title, it certainly remains a huge blow.

BFG backs Ox to make big impact for Arsenal and title

It seems like Arsenal have got Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain back at just the right time. Losing Theo Walcott in such a disappointing way and for so long, just when the English forward was hitting really good form, could have had a knock-on effect for the whole Arsenal squad.

Getting the Ox back at the same time, however, seems to have helped the confidence and morale in the dressing room. Although they are not really the same type of players, Chamberlain is one of the few players in the team who can offer the Gunners some of the pace and directness that Walcott provides and he is clearly a very popular figure at the club.

Can Ox and Gnabry replace Walcott for Arsenal?

Okay, I have put the razor blade down and started to think about how Arsenal will cope without the unlucky Theo Walcott. Looking for positives, it is worth noting that Arsenal have got themselves to the top of the league, in the most part, without Theo, who has already missed a large chunk of the season.

But he came back with a Superman cape on and flames hooting out of his heels, so to think we won’t miss him is crazy. BUT, we do have options, albeit young ones. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is just back in full training from his own injury, while Serge Gnabry was an absolute star against Tottenham on Saturday.