Right-back switch aiding Olowu’s development

Going into this season it seemed clear that at least one of Arsenal’s young centre-backs would be frustrated regarding their playing time, with the club possessing several options in that department at U23 level this season. Julio Pleguezuelo, as captain, is an almost guaranteed starter, while Ben Sheaf, when fully fit, is also expected to […]

Focus turns to Hein following Virginia’s departure

The departure of Joao Virginia to Everton came as a considerable shock, with the goalkeeper having been widely seen as an excellent prospect for the future. Virginia developed very well since joining Arsenal’s academy from Benfica three years ago and certainly possessed the potential to eventually break into the senior squad, but the 18-year-old elected […]

Osei-Tutu takes right approach upon return to U23S

One of the most challenging situations for a youth player at Arsenal occurs when they have to go back to playing for the U23s having represented the first-team. Suddenly, having featured alongside renowned players in front of a large crowd, you are back to normality, playing with youngsters in sparsely populated stadiums. That is exactly […]