Eddie Nketiah with a hat trick in the U23 game, all three of which were pretty good - and very different - finishes. As far as I can tell, that is three goals in 362 minutes in the U23s, two goals and an assist in 107 minutes with the U19 team in European play, and 9 goals in 8 matches for the U18s. He is about 17 and a half right now.
I have only seen limited highlights but he seems to be a very composed player with a good eye for goal and, perhaps most promisingly, not a kid who is dominating his level due to superior physicality or speed.
“Freddie Ljungberg instructed him to take on a more individualist approach” - love it that Freddie is back with us again. I like Nelson a lot - many qualities that aren’t traditionally “English” - hope he continues to develop.
I’ll be surprised if by this time next year Nelson hasn’t debuted for the first team. Wenger has spoken in the past about the physical capacity of young players and how Willock & Zelalem maybe lack in that regard, Nelson doesn’t seem to have those problems.
Very exciting talent.
We drew 1-1 against Basel and are out of the UEFA Youth League.
On the bright side, Nketiah scored again. This kid is a machine at youth level - 34 goals in 37 U18 matches from last year and this year combined, 3 goals and an assist in about 200 minutes in the U19 UEFA games this fall, and 3 goals in 378 minutes in U23 action this fall.
Pretty disappointing that with talents like Nelson, Nketiah, Willock, Malen, Reine Adelaide, Bielik they couldn’t make it out of the group stage…I guess the problem there is that only one of those players is a defender, and none of them are really centre midfielders (despite JRA being played there a few games–today too?).
Could be that JRA is being played there to expand upon his skillset, as opposed to transitoning permenantly.
That assist by Bennacer
According to ESPN, Gedion Zelalem (19) is nearing a move to Borussia Dortmund. The midfielder is out of contract at Arsenal this summer. pic.twitter.com/123qG4vZhJ— Scouted Football (@ScoutedFtbl) January 9, 2017
The American is clearly talented, but hasn't had many opportunities to shine. Hard to find a more exciting project than Tuchel & Dortmund.— Scouted Football (@ScoutedFtbl) January 9, 2017
Not good enough
That is ridiculous pass - the weight, accuracy and threading it through that mass of defenders… really impressive. Haven’t heard much about him in a while. How is he progressing?
Jon Toral has left Granada CF after Arsenal recalled him from a season-long loan.
Nice little message there, from Granada, “Granada CF wants to wish the best of luck to a player who always defended with absolute professionalism and was scored a beautiful goal against Osasuna in this season’s Copa del Rey.”
Should get more game time at Rangers though.
Not sure but this suggests he’s doing quite well.
one for the future…5 or 6 years time…
Zelalem on the bench for U23s today…Jeff again played in the middle (AMN-Jeff pivot ).
I guess he’s really off to Dortmund? Not really Gnabry level stuff, but what happened to loaning players instead of selling them? Why the hell was he kept here this season anyways?
Perhaps we’ve seen sense. The less Wellington Silva’s the better.
Because eternally loaning players out year after year after year is utterly pointless.