Khayon Edwards has been called up to the Arsenal u23s amid his ongoing contract situation, but the u18s suffered in his absence.
The Arsenal u18s took on Crystal Palace on Saturday, and Khayon Edwards was a notable absentee from the squad.
Edwards is the top scorer for the Arsenal academy this season, with 18 goals for the u18s and two for the u23s, bringing his tally to 20 in all competitions.
The striker was always going to be a big miss, and the u18s failed to score in a 5-0 defeat to Palace in his absence. The lack of goals was far from the only problem on the day, but little threat going forward always turns up the pressure at the other end.
As for why Edwards missed the game, the Daily Cannon has learned that the youngster is set for involvement with the u23s on Monday, expecting to start away to Leicester City.
Mika Biereth was absent for the u23s’ last fixture away to West Bromwich Albion, so Edwards may be required to fill in for the u23s’ usual starting striker. But it’s also just a fair recognition of Edwards’ u18 performances this season.
Edwards has a scholarship deal lasting until the end of the season, but he’s yet to sign professional terms with Arsenal.
The club are pushing for him to agree a new deal, but as we’ve previously reported, there’s plenty of outside interest in a summer transfer.
Further u23 opportunities for Edwards before the end of the campaign would surely help Arsenal’s cause.