Arsenal loanee determined to ‘put it right’ with struggling side

James Olayinka with Arsenal (Photo via Olayinka on Instagram)
James Olayinka with Arsenal (Photo via Olayinka on Instagram)

James Olayinka wants to help put things right with Southend United, as the team struggle badly at the very bottom of the English Football League.

James Olayinka in training with Arsenal (Photo via Olayinka on Instagram)
James Olayinka in training with Arsenal (Photo via Olayinka on Instagram)

Arsenal loanee Olayinka lost his first two games with Southend United 3-0 and 2-0, but they haven’t just been in trouble since his arrival. The club have two draws and six defeats in League Two this season, two defeats in the EFL Trophy and a first-round exit in the EFL Cup.

That run leaves them at the very bottom of the English Football League, two points behind 23rd place in League Two. They’re already failed to qualify for the EFL Trophy knockout stages – despite having one game left – so their only other domestic run is in the FA Cup, which hasn’t started yet.

Olayinka is keen to get his new team back on the right track, starting with tonight’s match against 22nd-placed Oldham Athletic.

“Tuesday is another good opportunity, against a team who are in and around us, to put in a good performance,” Olayinka said. “Even though we’re feeling down now we have to pick ourselves up because no-one else is going to help us.

“We know if we stick to what the manager tells us then the results will come and we will start to climb up the table.

“But we need to be clinical and we need to keep the ball out. If we can do that then I’m sure we will get a result.

“When you’re on a run like this the next game can’t come quickly enough really. Tuesday is a chance to put it right and I’m sure we will do.”

Unfortunately for Olayinka, he’ll probably be up against one of his own teammates from the Arsenal academy. Harry Clarke is on loan at Oldham and will likely play in defence for the team against Southend. I’m not sure what result would suit them both, but good luck to them anyway!