Category Archives: Arsenal Youth

Arsenal already HAVE next season’s star striker!

Arsenal may have bought Danny Welbeck without Arsene Wenger’s permission, and we may have the crocks Olivier Giroud and Sanogo also fully fit next season, but I think that NONE of the above will be leading the line for the Gunners next season.

We already have a fully-matured hitman in the form of Benik Afobe, who has been a revelation since moving to MK Dons on loan this season. The 21 year-old scored his SIXTH goal in the League Cup last night, including two when the Dons knocked out the mighty Man United earlier on in the competition.

Afobe, Jonkers and academy offer Arsenal fantastic future!!

Ever since taking over as manager of Arsenal 18 years ago, Arsene Wenger has made the development of young players at the club one of his main priorities. And it has paid off a number of times with players like Fabregas and Wilshere, while it has also given the Gunners and Wenger a great reputation.

Now the man in charge of the academy system is the Dutchman Andries Jonker, who worked under the Man United manager Louis van Gaal at Barcelona and Bayern Munich. He was brought in after Liam Brady decided to retire and Jonkers is charged with bringing out youth development in line with other countries in Europe like Holland and Spain, where they are years ahead of England. He is rated as one of the best in the world and so we can look forward to great things from him.

Hayden next Arsenal starlet to make it from academy?

Although Arsenal fans, players and manager will be disappointed to have been knocked out of the Capital One Cup at such an early stage, there were some real positives to take from the game against Southampton. At least it was a Premier League team that beat us, just like with Chelsea last season, and there is no shame losing to a strong and in form Saints team.

Awesome Akpom’s goals promise fantastic future for Arsenal

Despite being young enough, at 18-years old, to play for the Arsenal under 18 team, Chuba Akpom is firmly established in the under 21s and if he keeps on going the way he has been of late, it will not be too long before he is involved in the first team squads as well.

Another Arsenal dream is over! Auf Wiedersehen Eisfeld

I can’t say I blame him for deciding to leave Arsenal to further his career in professional football, but at the same time I was sad to see the news on Arsenal.com that the young German Gunner Thomas Eisfeld has called time on his dream of becoming a first team player with Arsenal.

The 21-year old has today signed for Fulham on a two year contract, where the midfielder will surely get the regular game time he needs to progress. It must have been a tough decision for Eisfeld, though, because he was tipped as being one of the young players most likely to break through from the academy, but his compatriot Serge Gnabry came up on the outside lane and overtook him.

Wenger hails Willock as Arsenal star of the future!

With the Premier League due to kick off in less than a month, Arsenal and all of our rivals are currently in pre-season, with plenty of training sessions, some friendly games and tours of far flung lands, as well as the odd tournament like the Emirates Cup.

There are commercial reasons for some of this stuff, of course, but the main thing is to get the players fit and ready for the serious business of leagues and cup competitions. It is not just about fitness, however, as it also gives Arsene Wenger the chance to introduce some of the young Arsenal players into the team and to see how they react to playing with the big boys.

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.