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Okonkwo nearing a return after injury frustration

Arthur Okonkwo ended last season very strongly indeed, with the talented young goalkeeper featuring frequently for Arsenal at U23 level and also training with the first-team on many occasions. The start to this season has not gone to plan for the 18-year-old, however, with Okonkwo yet to play because of an injury that he suffered […]

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Luke Plange makes impressive start for Arsenal U18s

Luke Plange had played just 15 minutes at U18 level prior to this season, but the talented young striker has adapted quickly following his promotion from the U16s. Plange, a hardworking player who has steadily worked his way through the ranks at the Arsenal academy since joining in 2011, isn’t guaranteed a regular starting berth […]

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Burton making progress at club and international level

Just a few months ago Robbie Burton remained somewhat under the radar, certainly in comparison to some of Arsenal’s other young prospects, but the midfielder has taken significant strides forward at both club and international level of late. Perhaps buoyed by his involvement with the Arsenal first-team in pre-season, when his performances were widely praised, […]

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Three Arsenal youngsters that could benefit from the international break

The first international break of the season is here and some of the Arsenal youngsters that haven’t been called up by their countries could be presented with opportunities to impress Unai Emery and the first-team coaching staff. This process worked particularly well for Zech Medley last season, with the defender getting named on the bench […]

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Nwakali remains talented but loan spells proved costly

When Arsenal signed Kelechi Nwakali three years ago, it was hoped that the midfielder could eventually go on to become an important player for the club. It certainly hasn’t worked out like that, with the Nigerian youth international, now aged 21, having left the club permanently to join Spanish second division side Huesca. Work permit […]

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Schoolboy Zane Monlouis impressing for Arsenal U18s

Although Arsenal U18s have won just one out of their first four matches so far this campaign, it has been a hugely positive start to the season for Zane Monlouis. The schoolboy has been highly regarded at the Hale End academy for some time and this season he has been playing above his age group, […]

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Smith Rowe’s latest injury provides further concern

Emile Smith Rowe has frequently been compared to Jack Wilshere when progressing through the ranks at Arsenal, but there are fears that the similarities between the pair could stretch even further. As has been well documented, injuries frequently stopped Wilshere in his tracks, and there are concerns that Smith Rowe could follow a similar path, […]

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Arsenal face waiting game over Sam Greenwood

Transfer rumours, even when they are concerning young players, always have to be treated with a degree of scepticism, but there certainly seems to be some truth regarding reports linking Sam Greenwood with a move to either AC Milan or Juventus. Greenwood joined Arsenal last year from Sunderland but still hasn’t put pen to paper […]

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Hein struggles on Arsenal U23s debut against Everton

Karl Hein made his competitive debut for Arsenal U23s against Everton on Friday night, but things didn’t go to plan for the young goalkeeper. Hein, in his second season with the club, was selected to start ahead of James Hillson at Emirates Stadium as Arsenal aimed to maintain their winning start to the campaign. The […]

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