Gnabry returns

Serge Gnabry made his return from knee injury for the u21’s on Monday night as they defeated Newcastle United 2-1.

Winning 2-1 with goals from Alex Iwobi and Austin Lipman, they celebrated like this:

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Bielik with the first team

Arsene Wenger had stated that Krystian Bielik would be included in the u21 squad that travelled to Newcastle on Monday night but, after training with the first team on Monday, he was not included.

New deal for Akpom

After reports emerged early last week that the striker had a greed a new deal with the club, Arsenal finally announced confirmation that Akpom had signed a four-and-a-half-year deal.

Professional contract for Willock

Chris Willock signed his first professional contract with the club shortly after turning 17.

At the club since he was just eight years old, his younger brother is also at the club while his older one plays for Manchester United youth.

Professional contract for Sheaf

Ben Sheaf signed his first professional contract with Arsenal after turning 17 on Thursday.

You can read more about Sheaf here.

Professional contract for Hinds

Kaylen Hinds was another to sign his first professional contract with Arsenal. The forward is an Islington-native and product of the Hale End Academy.

Hinds netted the only game for Arsenal against Rive Plate on Tuesday, more on that below.

Al Kass Youth Tournament, Doha

The u17’s are currently in Doha taking part in the Al Kass International Cup.

Winning their two group games, they then played River Plate on Tuesday in the quarter final where Kaylen Hinds scored the only goal of the game.

Highlights of the first two games can be seen here.

They will play either Aspire or PSG in the last four on Friday.

New goalkeeping coach

Arsenal appointed former Ajax goalkeeping coach Serge van den Ban to oversee the goalkeeper coaches at Hale End. Read more about van den Ban here.

Loan watch

Joel Campbell

Joel played 61 minutes for Villarreal as they defeated Grenada 2-0 at home. Looking lively throughout, Joel has been given the number 10 shirt.

Highlights of his league debut for the Spanish side below:

The Costa Rican was very happy with the three points, tweeting

Yaya Sanogo

Yaya played the second half of Crystal Palace’s 1-0 win away to Leicester City.

To give you an idea of how the forward is getting on, here’s a song the Palace fans have come up with for him:

Matt Macey

After Accrrington Stanley signed Scott Davies on loan from Fleetwood, Matt Macey found himself on the bench for the game against Plymouth Argyle at the weekend. Accrington won the game 1-0, their first win of 2015.

Macey’s loan is coming to an end and it is not clear if it will be extended, he will return to Arsenal or will be sent on loan to another club.

Jack Jebb

Jack is still recovering from a knee injury.

Carl Jenkinson

Jenks played the full game against Manchester United at the weekend and, despite a generally good performance which included effective forays forward, it was his clearing header that fell to Daley Blind to allow United to equalise late in the game.

Austin Lipman

Returning to Arsenal after his loan to Boreham Wood was cut short, Lipman played and scored for the u21’s on Monday night against Newcastle United.

Ryo Miyaichi

Ryo was included in the FC Twente squad for the first time since 21st December but was an unused substitute as the Dutch side lost 1-0 to Excelsior.

Lukas Podolski

An unused substitute as Inter Milan beat Palermo 3-0, Poldi is still finding minutes hard to come by and is coming in for criticism from the Inter fans.

Poldi was also on the bench and not used for the Italians as they were knocked out of the Coppa Italia at Napoli in the quarter-final stage.

Jon Toral

Coming on for the final 32 minutes of Brentford’s 1-0 win over Leeds, the young Spaniard also did this during the game:

Josh Vickers

Josh played the full 90 for Concord Rangers and kept a cleansheet as they drew, at home, 0-0 with Sutton United.

Wellington Silva

Wellington played 72 minutes as Almeria won 2-1 away to Cordoba.

The Brazilian, who is now eligible for the work permit that would allow him to play in England next season, provided the assists for both goals which you can see below:

Assist one:

Assist two:


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Upcoming fixtures

Arsenal u18 v Leicester u18 – Saturday 14th February, 11.30, Shenley Training Centre [behind-closed-doors, by invitation only]