The Arsenal under-21 side were in action last night at the Emirates, and they put in an impressive performance to beat a strong West Brom side by 1 – 0. The goal was a stunning volley from the young German player Serge Gnabry, and it may just have booked him a seat on the coach going up to Sunderland for the Premier League game tomorrow.
The other young players that will be hoping for a place on the Arsenal bench tomorrow are Emmanuel Frimpong, Ryo Miyaichi and Chuba Akpom. All four played last night, and only Akpom completed the match, suggesting that Ryo, Gnabry and Frimpong are being considered. Obviously they wouldn’t be expected to start a Premier League game so soon after playing for around an hour last night, but we all know that Arsene Wenger’s options are severely restricted due to various players being injured.
There are seven substitutes available for Wenger. Three of these places will be taken up by the keeper and full backs. There is also a chance that Thomas Vermaelen could be named in the squad. The versatility of Sagna comes in handy here, with him being able to replace one of the centre backs if necessary. Now we also have Flamini, who I expect to start tomorrow. He can always drop into the left or right back position, so I would think the last three or four substitute positions will be filled with more attacking options.
Gnabty’s ability to play on the left or right of the forward three makes him favourite for one of the places, in my opinion. Wilshere will be there if he doesn’t start, so then it becomes a choice between Frimpong or Ryo. I would have taken the out and out striker Akpom, but him playing the whole game yesterday tells me that is not going to happen. What do you think Gooners?