ARSENAL YOUTH

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Here you can keep up-to-date with everything that is going on including Arsenal youth matches, team news, injury news, contract updates and much more or the u18s, u21s, and u23s.

Omari Hutchinson and Marcelo Flores celebrate a goal for the Arsenal u18s (Photo via Arsenal Academy on Twitter)

18 g/a – Exciting Arsenal teen stars in FA Youth Cup win

The Arsenal u18s qualified for the quarter-finals of the FA Youth Cup with a confident win over West Ham United this week.
Ismail Oulad M'Hand with Feyenoord (Photo via Arsenal Youth)

Arsenal to hand scholarship deal to summer signing’s younger brother

Arsenal are set to make Salah-Eddine Oulad M'Hand's little brother Ismail a scholar at the club next season, according to a report.
UEFA Europa League Group B, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 10/12/2020. Dundalk vs Arsenal Arsenal's Folarin Balogun celebrates scoring his side's fourth goal of the game. Copyright: INPHO / Ryan Byrne

Folarin Balogun scores 4th in 3 games in vital Arsenal u23 win

Folarin Balogun scored for the Arsenal u23s in a crucial win on Monday, amid recent reports of an imminent contract extension.
Kaleel Green (Image via RC Coaching on Instagram)

Arsenal sign Southampton teenager

Arsenal have signed Southampton academy forward Kaleel Green, with the youngster making the bench against his former club on Tuesday.
Marcelo Flores (Photo via Flores on Instagram)

2 return from injury, Hutchinson scores again: Arsenal u18 report

The Arsenal u18s drew 2-2 with Southampton on Tuesday, twice coming from behind to secure a point away from home.
Folarin Balogun with the Arsenal u21s (Photo via David Price on Twitter)

Balogun sends Arteta a reminder as top talent gets Arsenal debut

The Arsenal u23s played a friendly match against Brentford B over the weekend, but they slipped to a late defeat despite a two-goal comeback.
Miguel Azeez playing for the England u19s (Photo via Azeez on Twitter)

7 Arsenal players feature for England youth

Seven Arsenal players featured for England's youth teams over the break, from the u21s down to the u17s. Let's look at how they did.
Arsenal youth roundup - Omari Hutchinson with the Arsenal u18s (Photo via Hutchinson on Instagram)

Report: Arsenal u18s mount comeback to beat Reading 4-3

The Arsenal u18s came back from a poor start to beat Reading on Saturday, with Omari Hutchinson and Joel Ideho playing key roles.
Miguel Azeez celebrates a goal against Crawley Town (Photo via Arsenal Academy on Twitter)

Arsenal u18s receive tough FA Youth Cup draw

The Arsenal u18s have drawn a difficult route to the semi-finals of the FA Youth Cup, with two games against Premier League academies.
Folarin Balogun in training with Arsenal (Photo via Instagram)

Folarin Balogun and other u23s join first-team training

A few members of the Arsenal u23s are getting the chance to train with the first team in the absence of some of the senior internationals this week.
Folarin Balogun of Arsenal scores during the UEFA Europa League match between Molde and Arsenal on November 26, 2020 in Molde. Photo: Marius Simensen / BILDBYRAN

Folarin Balogun scores special goal for Arsenal u23s

Folarin Balogun got back on the scoresheet with a fantastic effort to earn Arsenal a point away to the Everton u23s on Sunday.
Joel Ideho with Arsenal (Photo via Ideho on Instagram)

Joel Ideho: Moving to a big club like Arsenal was amazing

Joel Ideho says it was amazing to learn that Arsenal were after him, given the size and history of the club and their Dutch connections.
Miguel Azeez with the Arsenal u23s (Photo via Arsenal Academy on Twitter)

Miguel Azeez scores stunner as Arsenal u18s thrash Blackburn Rovers

The Arsenal u18s thrashed Blackburn Rovers on Saturday to progress to the next round of the FA Youth Cup and get some revenge at the same time.
Luke Plange signing for Derby County (Photo via Twitter)

Luke Plange signs Derby County contract

Luke Plange has signed for Derby County, after Arsenal decided not to offer him a professional contract, according to reports.
Marcelo Flores (Photo via Flores on Instagram)

Marcelo Flores decision looming

Canadian u23 coach Mauro Biello has admitted that they're trying to convince Arsenal's Marcelo Flores to represent them internationally.

2 Arsenal youth receive senior international call-ups – again

Arsenal youth duo Karl Hein and Daniel Ballard have received senior international call-ups for the upcoming break once again.
Joel Ideho with Arsenal (Photo via Ideho on Instagram)

Watch Arsenal summer signing Joel Ideho score his first goal

Arsenal summer signing Joel Ideho scored his first goal for the club in the u18s' defeat to Norwich City.
Amani Richards after signing for Arsenal (Photo via Richards on Instagram)

Arsenal sign Chelsea youth player Amani Richards

Arsenal have signed ex-Chelsea youngster Amani Richards, with the young attacker confirming the move on his social media pages.
Miguel Azeez with the Arsenal u23s (Photo via Arsenal Academy on Twitter)

Eddie Nketiah and Reiss Nelson feature in u23 defeat

Eddie Nketiah and Reiss Nelson both played for the Arsenal u23s on Friday, in a defeat to Blackburn Rovers at Meadow Park.
Hubert Graczyk (Photo via Arsenal.com)

Hubert Graczyk signs contract with Arsenal

Arsenal youth goalkeeper Hubert Graczyk has signed his first professional contract with the club, joining the Europa League squad list.
Charles Sagoe Jr with the Arsenal Academy (Photo via Sagoe Jr on Instagram)

16yo Arsenal winger makes debut

The Arsenal u18s drew 0-0 with Aston Villa on Tuesday, with Charles Sagoe Jr making his debut at this level as a substitute.
Jordan McEneff with Arsenal (Photo via McEneff on Instagram)

Arsenal 20-year-old Jordan McEneff extends his contract

Arsenal youth midfielder Jordan McEneff has extended his contract with the club, despite his current absence from the team through injury.

Arsenal U23 report vs Southampton: Azeez returns, Taylor-Hart scores, Nelson concedes penalty

The Arsenal u23s slipped to a draw against Southampton in this week's Premier League 2 fixture, as they continue to flirt with a relegation battle.
Folarin Balogun joining the Arsenal squad travelling for their Europa League match (Photo via Balogun on Twitter)

6 Arsenal youngsters set for summer exit

Six Arsenal u23s are set to leave the club in the summer as things stand, though that could still change in the coming months.
Folarin Balogun celebrates his hat-trick against Brighton u23s (Photo via David Price)

Determined: Mikel Arteta reveals Folarin Balogun conversation

Arsenal fans are worried that Folarin Balogun will leave on a free so what has he been saying to Mikel Arteta? The manager let's us know...
Luke Plange with the Arsenal academy (Photo via Plange on Instagram)

Arsenal academy striker has trial at QPR

Arsenal academy striker Luke Plange played for Queens Park Rangers on trial against Swansea City at the weekend.
Will Lankshear with Sheffield United (Photo via Sheffield United on Twitter)

Arsenal youngster signs for Sheffield United as another gets new contract

Former Gunner Will Lankshear has signed scholarship terms with Sheffield United, whilst Josh Robinson has earned a scholarship with Arsenal.
Arsenal youth roundup - Omari Hutchinson with the Arsenal u18s (Photo via Hutchinson on Instagram)

Watch Arsenal 17yo score brace for 11 goal contributions in 13

Omari Hutchinson added two more goals to his tally for the Arsenal u18s at the weekend, continuing his strong recent form.

2 youth goalkeepers compete for senior bench role at Arsenal

Karl Hein appears to be seriously challenging Arthur Okonkwo for Arsenal's fourth-choice goalkeeper spot, despite previous reports to the contrary.
Khayon Edwards with the Arsenal u18s (Photo via Edwards on Instagram)

17yo Arsenal midfielder announces injury return with goal vs West Ham

Khayon Edwards scored his first goal post-injury on Tuesday, as the Arsenal u18s won the match in injury time against West Ham United.
Levi Laing playing for the Arsenal u18s (Photo via Laing on Instagram)

Arsenal teenager plays for West Ham against Arsenal

Levi Laing played for West Ham United against Arsenal on Tuesday, as the Gunners' academy defender undergoes a trial with the Hammers.
Zach Awe signing his professional contract (Photo via Arsenal.com)

Awe-some: Arsenal teenager signs new contract

Arsenal centre-back Zach Awe has signed his first professional contract with the club and joined the Europa League squad list, after recently turning 17.
Matt Smith (Photo via Instagram)

Why Arsenal’s Matt Smith’s Swindon loan earned him move to Charlton Athletic

Matt Smith was one of Arsenal's busiest loanees and has now moved from Swindon to Charlton Athletic as the club seek to test him further
Ben Cottrell playing for the Arsenal u23s against Spurs (Photo via Arsenal.com)

Arsenal 19yo scores against Spurs again

17-year-old midfielder Charlie Patino made his u23 debut for Arsenal as they drew 1-1 with Tottenham Hotspur on Friday.
Arsenal youth roundup - Omari Hutchinson with the Arsenal u18s (Photo via Hutchinson on Instagram)

17-year-old stars again as Arsenal academy thrash Spurs

The Arsenal u18s thrashed Spurs 4-1 on Saturday, the perfect revenge for their equivalent recent defeat to the same opposition.
James Hillson signs a new contract with Arsenal (Photo via Arsenal.com)

4th contract in 3 years signed by Arsenal 19yo

James Hillson has once again put pen to paper on a deal with Arsenal, his fourth contract with the club in the last three years.
Nikolaj Moller with the Arsenal u23s (Photo via Arsenal Academy on Twitter)

Arsenal summer signing nominated for Player of the Month award

Arsenal summer signing Nikolaj Moller is up for the Premier League 2 Player of the Month award for November, after a strong start with the club.
Marcelo Flores (Photo via Flores on Instagram)

Thrilling Arsenal youngster creates 2 more goals in Arsenal u18 win

Marcelo Flores put in another starring performance as the Arsenal u18s won 2-1 against the Leicester City u18s on Saturday.
Folarin Balogun joining the Arsenal squad travelling for their Europa League match (Photo via Balogun on Twitter)

3 promotions, 1 return: The 4 stepping up to Arsenal’s first-team squad

Miguel Azeez, Folarin Balogun, Ben Cottrell, and Emile Smith Rowe are all joining the Arsenal senior squad for Thursday night after their recent u23 appearances.

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Miguel Azeez (Photo via Azeez on Instagram)

Arsenal u23s will play England u19s in friendly match

The Arsenal u18s will reportedly take on the England u19s this weekend, as part of the u19s' ongoing training camp.
Luke Plange signing for Derby County (Photo via Twitter)

Luke Plange signs Derby County contract

Luke Plange has signed for Derby County, after Arsenal decided not to offer him a professional contract, according to reports.
Henry Timi Davies (Photo via Davies on Instagram)

Arsenal sign Manchester City’s Henry Timi Davies

Manchester City youngster Henry Timi Davies has signed for Arsenal on a deal that could last four years, according to a report.
Luke Plange with the Arsenal academy (Photo via Plange on Instagram)

Arsenal academy striker Luke Plange close to Derby County move

Luke Plange is close to completing a permanent move to Derby County, after spending time out on trial from Arsenal recently.
Kido Taylor-Hart with the Arsenal u21s (Photo via Taylor-Hart on Instagram)

Arsenal offer contract to talented 18yo

Arsenal have made a contract offer to Kido Taylor-Hart, though the young winger is yet to sign the deal, according to a report.

Balogun sends Arteta a reminder as top talent gets Arsenal debut

The Arsenal u23s played a friendly match against Brentford B over the weekend, but they slipped to a late defeat despite a two-goal comeback.

Folarin Balogun of Arsenal scores during the UEFA Europa League match between Molde and Arsenal on November 26, 2020 in Molde. Photo: Marius Simensen / BILDBYRAN
Folarin Balogun of Arsenal scores during the UEFA Europa League match between Molde and Arsenal on November 26, 2020, in Molde. Photo: Marius Simensen / BILDBYRAN

The Arsenal u23s had over a fortnight between competitive matches, playing their last game on March 21st and not having another scheduled until April 12th. To keep the side ticking over, they scheduled a friendly against Brentford B this weekend.

The last time the two sides had met in 2019, Arsenal eased to a 5-0 victory, but Steve Bould’s current side are much lower on confidence.

As a result, it was no real surprise that Aaron Pressley made it 1-0 to Brentford from the penalty spot in the first half-hour and Lachlan Brook added another in the 37th minute.

Arsenal found themselves with a lifeline after Folarin Balogun was brought down by Ethan Robb in the penalty area, and Balogun stepped up to make it 2-1 at the half-time break.

The Gunners started to take control of the match, and Balogun made it 2-2 by heading in a cross from the right-hand side. But Pressley put Brentford ahead again late on, firing home from a loose ball in the box following a corner.

It was another disappointing defeat and another in a long run of games without a win. The u23s’ last victory came against Brighton in January.

The only real positives were that Balogun is scoring goals again and Omari Hutchinson made his first appearance at u23 level after his strong u18 form.

With only a narrow gap to the relegation zone, Bould needs to drum up a couple of wins in their final four competitive matches of the season.

Lineup vs Brentford: Smith, Alebiosu, Lopez, Dinzeyi, Monlouis, Akinola, Lewis, Azeez, Moller, Taylor-Hart, Balogun

Subs: Bola, Graczyk, Coyle, Cirjan, Hutchinson

At the time of writing, there has still been no resolution to the Balogun contract saga.