Arsenal’s men play Watford on Sunday while the women take on West Ham, but the u18s played Reading on Saturday morning, the u23s travelled to Leicester at lunchtime for a mad match and there was some other news as well.

Arsenal Advisory Board (via Arsenal)
Arsenal Advisory Board (via Arsenal)

Here’s a roundup of the top Arsenal news today and some Arsenal-adjacent stories I thought you might find interesting or relevant.

Injury updates

Kieran Tierney, as explained by Scotland’s manager Steve Clarke, is being assessed by Arsenal ahead of the game on Sunday against Watford.

“Kieran has been training the last two days,” Mikel Arteta said at his pre-match press conference. “He is feeling much better so hopefully he will be available.”

Asked if Tierney would be involved with the international break, Arteta said, “Let’s see in the next two training sessions how he’s feeling, he has done bits with the team but he’s not fully trained yet, so in the next two days we will see how he is and where his fitness is.”

All other players are available for Sunday’s match except Granit Xhaka who is still aiming to return to training in the new year.

Arsenal youth

Arsenal u23s 3 vs Leicester 3

The u23’s held out for an hour against Leicester before conceding. After that, they let in another two back-to-back in the 74th and 77th minutes and looked to have sealed their fate but an incredible injury time comeback grabbed a draw.

The young guns scored in the 91st (Akinola), 94th (Hutchinson) and 97th minute (Balogun) to end the game 3-3.

Arsenal u18s 1 v Reading 0

The u18s picked up another win thanks to a goal from Khayon Edwards, assisted by James sweet, two of Arsenal’s most in-form youngsters at the minute.

Arsenal Advisory Board

Arsenal Advisory Board (via Arsenal)
Arsenal Advisory Board (via Arsenal)

The Arsenal Advisory board held it’s first meeting.

According to Arsenal, the Arsenal Advisory Board, which is made up of a group of all white, male fan representatives alongside Arsenal board members, “has been created to engage and consult fans on key strategic issues facing the Club.”

International call-ups

Belgium: Albert Sambi Lokonga

England: Aaron Ramsdale, Bukayo Saka

Estonia: Karl Hein

France: Matteo Guendouzi

Japan: Takehiro Tomiyasu

Northern Ireland: Daniel Ballard

Norway: Martin Odegaard

Scotland: Kieran Tierney

Tunisia: Omar Rekik

England u21: Emile Smith Rowe, Folarin Balogun

France u21: William Saliba

Dennis Bergkamp to become a granddad

Yep, that’s right, feel old, people! Dennis Bergkamp’s daughter, Estelle, is expecting a child with her partner, Manchester United’s non-playing Dutchman, Donny van de Beek.

He posted the news on his Instagram account:


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