I’m sure all the Arsenal fans know that you should not read too much into the pre-season games, especially the first one back after the summer break, but they are useful for building stamina, working towards full match sharpness and giving the youngsters and fringe players a run out alongside some of the first team stars.
Arsenal won the game 2-0, but struggled to break the Conference South team down. They worked hard and defended doggedly and that is something the Gunners are going to have to cope with all season. It was our ability to break these stubborn smaller sides down that got us so close to the Premier League title, so creativity and fire power are key factors. .......Read the full article here
Which Arsenal youngsters can breakthrough to our first team? by KJ
After watching our U19s go agonisingly close to the Next Generation finals, it’s got me thinking, who would go onto to be first teamers? This has always been a problem for any team in the world. Your youngsters look brilliant for the reserves but then for a multitude of reasons, they rarely make it to the first team squad, let alone to being in the starting XI. I remember looking at the squad of players that won the FA cup in 2009 thinking that we had a very bright future with that lot and now we only have Wilshere and Coquelin left from that lot that are close to the first team. .......Read the full article here
Jonas Olsson was angry and disappointed after Arsenal beat West Brom on Saturday, but the Baggies defender admits that the Gunners performance merited a victory. The Swedish international did not take the defeat well at the time, angrily squeezing the referee’s hand during the post match handshakes, but he seems to have calmed down since. .......Read the full article here
Thomas Eisfeld is vying with his German compatriot Serge Gnabry to be the next player to make the transition from the Arsenal under 21 team up to the first team. Eisfeld stated his case emphatically last night with a brilliant performance capped by two good goals as the Gunners beat Norwich 4-2 at Carrow Road.
17-year old Gnabry has the advantage over 19-year old Eisfeld when it comes to first team appearances this season. Eisfeld has come on just once in the Capital One cup, while Gnary has played in both cup games and once each in the Premier and Champions league. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal off to a great start in the NextGen series byAM
Arsenal’s young guns have got off to a great start to their European campaign in the NextGen series. The Gunners faced off against Marseille in their first group game at the Underhill Stadium. Arsenal went on to win the match 3-0 in a very dominant display, specially in the first half.
Here is the starting line-up that Arsenal used in that match – Moore, Bellerin, Angha, Hajrovic, Monteiro, Yennaris, Olsson, Toral, Akpom, Gnabry, Ebecilio .......Read the full article here
More of Arsenals Reserve Team Wonder Kids (Part 2) – by JG
Well, now that the Van Persie hysteria is leveling out I suppose we can continue discussing the Wonder Kids coming up through Arsenal reserves/academy. Someone actually commented saying “where is the second part of the wonder kids articles? Let’s get back to talking about that.” I agree, let’s float back down from the realms of insanity, anger, and anguish. Today, the two Wonder Kids are Serge Gnabry and Kristoffer Olsson. .......Read the full article here
It has been revealed today that Arsenal are in the process of signing the Swedish starlet Kristoffer Olsson. The 15 year-old midfielder has been to the Emirates for a couple of trials with the Gunners Youth team, and they have now decided that he is good enough to warrant a place in the Academy.
The Sweden U16 star currently plays for IFK Norrkopping in Sweden, and Arsenal have agreed to give the club a large “Educational Grant” in exchange for taking Olsson to London which will help the club develop further talent in the future. .......Read the full article here
I was beginning to think this was an April Fools joke when I read it yesterday, but after further investigation it seems it is true. Arsene Wenger is close to signing a 15 year-old Swedish midfielder called Kristoffer Olsson for the massive sum of £200,000. The youngster currently plays for Norrkoping in Sweden.
His agent, Per Johnsonn, said: “They want him. He has been over a few times and really made an impression.
“It’s up to the clubs to agree and also the personal contract, but Arsenal really want this to go through – that’s 100 per cent certain.” .......Read the full article here