Five of Arsenal’s young players were involved in the Championship on Saturday, with some mixed fortunes.
Emiliano Martinez (Wolves), Jon Toral (Birmingham City), Chuba Akpom and Isaac Hayden (both Hull City), and Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Ipswich Town) all featured during Saturday afternoon, with not one of our loanees on the losing side.
Emiliano Martinez, Wolves 0-0 Burnley
Our Argentine goalkeeper made his 13th Championship performance of the season, keeping his fifth clean sheet. He didn’t have to toil to hard for it: Martinez was subbed off for Carl Ikeme with just under an hour on the clock, with what seems to have been a muscle problem.
So now Ikeme comes on for Martinez. Emi must have felt something at ht and wanted to give to 10 minutes.
— Wolves Fancast (@WWFCFancast) November 7, 2015
The Wolves goal was hardly troubled throughout the game – of four Burnley shots on target, three came from outside the area. Hopefully Martinez’ injury isn’t too serious and he’ll be back in action again before long.
Jon Toral, Fulham 2-5 Birmingham City
Spanish midfielder Jon Toral started for the first time since September and justified Gary Rowett’s decision by scoring Birmingham’s third goal of the game.
— #Principles….. (@GzaDaRambler) November 7, 2015
A nice finish, and Toral’s third of the season after he scored in both of Birmingham’s opening games back in August. The midfielder also created three chances before he was subbed off in the 79th minute with the score at 3-1.
An eighth league win of the season leaves Birmingham occupying the final play-off place.
Chuba Akpom & Isaac Hayden, Hull City 3-0 Middlesbrough
England youth internationals Akpom and Hayden both came off the bench to play 19 and five minutes respectively as Hull impressed to stay top of the league.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Rotherham United 2-5 Ipswich Town
Coming off the bench for the final 25 minutes, Ainsley Maitland-Niles was introduced with his side 4-2 up on Saturday.
It gave the midfielder enough time to complete three dribbles and a key pass as he carries on impressing for Ipswich, who are four points from a play-off spot after a second win in a row.