Gilmour caps off eventful week with first-team involvement


Patience can often be key for young footballers and that is certainly true in the case of Charlie Gilmour.

Having spent a significant part of his first year as a full-time player on the sidelines with injury, Gilmour was a regular for Arsenal U18s last campaign but, no longer eligible for that age group, this season he is only permitted to play for the U23s and above.

Despite a host of departures in the summer, Arsenal still have many players to call upon at U23 level, with Gilmour not even making the bench on a couple of occasions this season.

That changed on Monday night, however, as, with several prospects rested ahead of first-team involvement, Gilmour made his competitive debut for Arsenal U23s away to Everton.

The initial signs were encouraging as the midfielder, a graduate of Arsenal’s Hale End academy, played some slick passes and helped to initiate several of his team’s attacking moves.

However, in the second half Gilmour, who was already on a yellow card, was sent off for a second bookable offence in controversial circumstances as he was penalised for a high foot when he didn’t actually catch his opponent and was going for the ball.

Gilmour was dismissed and is now suspended for Arsenal’s next U23 game at home to Sunderland, which will be played at Emirates Stadium.

The 18-year-old’s frustration quickly turned to elation, though, as he was selected to train with the Arsenal first-team squad at London Colney on Wednesday morning.

After impressing in that session Gilmour was chosen as one of several youngsters to make the trip to Belarus for yesterday’s Europa League encounter against BATE Borisov.

Although he didn’t make it onto the pitch, Gilmour will surely have gained much from the experience of travelling with the first-team and has been provided with a glimpse of what the future could hold for him.

Despite him being a talented player Gilmour’s call-up came as something of a surprise given his aforementioned lack of experience of U23 football.

Arsene Wenger certainly seems impressed by him, though, and the Frenchman mentioned this week that Gilmour could become the latest Arsenal youngster to be converted into a defender despite the Scotland youth international having been deployed almost exclusively as a midfielder in his development so far.

Gilmour’s passing is his main attribute but he is also capable of making precisely-timed challenges. His tactical understanding of the game in a defensive sense still requires work but he definitely has much potential.

Once described by Liam Brady as Arsenal’s best schoolboy, Gilmour has had a memorable and eventful week. Now he will be looking to learn from those experiences and fully establish himself in the U23 team.

Jeorge Bird is the author of Follow him on Twitter @jeorgebird


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Good luck to him.

Man Manny

All the best boy. One step at a time.

Shooter McGavin

So he’s a happy Gilmour?


I honestly thought he was an FM regen


playing FM15 with 16/18 update, he is not that bad, though, not good enough for my arsenal ^^


sorry I meant 17/18 update :p

Harish P

In stead of turning every other player into a defender, maybe the academy should go for a few more naturally defensive players instead…

Cheers Jeorge, looking forward to seeing how this one progresses. Feels like it’s been a long while since I’ve seen a Scotsman at the club. Anyone able to remind me of the last one we had?


Not a lot of people want to be defenders when their young.You do have to convert quite a few at youth level.


Scott Marshall comes to mind

Mesut O\'Neill

It’s either Paul Dickov, Ian Selly or Scott Marshall. They were all around 96-97 season

No way

Dickov is older than Marshall and left the club first. Selly isn’t Scottish.


so do all wengers defenders have to have cards attached to their career CV’s haha

Jokes aside our youth setup looks to have gotten over the little dry patch we had about for the last 3-4 years.

Toure motors

What a week, he has to be Happy with that….

Stuck on repeat...

Happy Gilmour 🙂

Faisal Narrage

Seriously surprised it took this long for someone to say that.

No way

And yet someone had said it 4 hours before.

It’s still a good pun though