Amaechi suffers further frustration with US tour snub

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Arsenal headed to the United States today for their pre-season tour, but, while much of the focus was on the absence of Laurent Koscielny, there was another notable player missing from the travelling party.

Despite being one of Arsenal’s most high-profile youngsters, Xavier Amaechi didn’t make the cut, even though players such as James Olayinka and Robbie Burton did instead.

Amaechi’s omission wasn’t much of a surprise given that he hasn’t trained with the first-team this week, but it will inevitably raise further questions about his Arsenal future.

This snub comes after the winger was also left out of the matchday squad for the Europa League final last season, despite making the trip to Azerbaijan.

Last season Amaechi featured for the first-team, in his only appearance at that level so far, as the Gunners took on Al-Nasr in Dubai.

However, he failed to make an impact as he frequently squandered possession.

At youth level Amaechi has frequently impressed. He was part of the Arsenal U23 side that won the Premier League 2 title in 2017/18 and he also caught the eye last season.

Amaechi frequently creates chances, yet he isn’t the most prolific player, as demonstrated by the fact that he has only scored four times in 22 appearances for the U23s.

In terms of raw talent Amaechi is undoubtedly one of Arsenal’s best prospects, but he still has much to improve upon if he is to succeed at the highest level.

There have been suggestions that the 18-year-old may now look to move on and if that does prove to be the case then it will certainly be a shame for Arsenal to lose another prospect so soon after the departure of Yunus Musah.

With so many talented youngsters at the club, though, there are bound to be some that will get frustrated regarding their lack of playing time and it appears Amaechi could fall into that category.

Against Boreham Wood last weekend, when playing for the U23s, Amaechi gave the impression that he didn’t really want to be there as he often tried uneccessary step-overs.

Today he suffered further disappointment but it remains to be seen what the future holds for him at Arsenal.

Jeorge Bird is the author of www.arsenalyouth.wordpress.com Follow him on Twitter @jeorgebird

 

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Lucas Sam
Lucas Sam

The grass is not always greener on the other side. Just look at what happened to Chris Willock. He is not yet at the level gnabry was. Go on loan if you want first team experience…

Sancheezy
Sancheezy

Where is Chris Willock anyways? He still in Portugal?

kaius
kaius

True, haven’t heard anything about Chris’ development over there.

Wasn’t he supposed to be the best of the Willock brothers?

IamaGoober

The one thing I will say about young academy players after working with them personally (not Arsenal youth) but at other Premier League clubs. Is that they all have a fairly robust opinion about how good they think they are. Obviously every single one of them thinks they are good enough and ready to play for the first team immediately. And as important as it is for them to have that belief, it can also be a bit detrimental at the same time. Since their own personal opinion might not always be reality..

Now not to knock this player, but he didn’t perform very well when he did manage to get minutes for the first team. Which is completely normal and doesn’t mean anything. So I am not surprised he hasn’t been included in the first team pre-season tour. As I don’t think he is ready yet.

Hopefully he is level headed and can see that is the case, and just enjoys the next step of his development – maybe a decent loan spell somewhere. Or potentially greater exposure to the first team.

But if this guy is as good as we are lead to believe, then no doubt he will get his chance. Hopefully when he does get it, with a bit more experience he will be able to deliver.

Jeleel
Jeleel

He’s been a regular for benfica B in the Portuguese second division. I still retain high hopes for him though.

yura910721
yura910721

Shows that not every youngster is gonna end up in Bayern. So let him go, especially if John’s comment regarding Boreham Wood game is true, then he of course he shouldn’t be considered for pre season. Dude is only 18 and already thinks he is obligated to something, ridiculous.

I'm 14 Again
I'm 14 Again

It’s not a thing of him not wanting to be there, for the youngster, the stopovers May be in all likelihood an attempt to catch the eye and force himself into contention for a place on the tour

Con
Con

Frankly, we need to be doing more to keep these players. A development plan should be in place. A clear pathway to the first team, the player should know what he needs to do. Ameachi should have loan to European team in place, preferably one with similar footballing philosophies to Arsenal.

Why we have lost a particularly young talent like Yunus Musah, I do not understand at all.

Timsh
Timsh

Of course there needs to be a plan/vision of some kind and I’m pretty sure BFG tried to convince him of that. But when other clubs turn your head it’s difficult. It sounds like he isn’t focused on Arsenal and/or not willing to put the effort in.
I however trust Per to improve our acadamy system.
When is Amaechi’s contract up? They should probably insert a buy-back clause if they feel it’s best to let him go somewhere on a permanent deal

kaius
kaius

People are only looking at the negatives but the fact that we’re now developing academy players who are courted by some of Europe’s biggest clubs is a sign of the good work that’s been done there.

Caligunner
Caligunner

Amaechi is a prospect. Not as high as Nelson or war. Where would you loan him to that would actually want him and play him? How do you get a loan club to play a young player?

He is talented prospect if we loan him to a lower foreign league club? Would he even want to go to?

Man
Man

Gnabry mk2

Faisal Narrage aka Mr. Project Youth 2.0
Faisal Narrage aka Mr. Project Youth 2.0

Or Chris Willock Mk2.

BidOnLard
BidOnLard

There’s Emirates Ball&Spa for you. Taking care for your own is one thing, cocooning them is another. He can try it out at Britania for a change.

Santori
Santori

Not good enough.

Probably Nelson will get the nod into first team.

Saka also pushing.

Then there’s Nektiah and we just added Martinelli.

Very competitive space.

Regardless we will still need a more experience player out wide to add this season and balance off Iwobi.

Plenty of options in market so we have to be patient and await the apex buyers to spend their wad.

Thereafter – Ziyech, Fekir, Zaha, Mariano, Vasquez, Lozano, Neres, Everton, Thauvin, Carrasco. Price will cool down but we need to hold our nerve and not get crazy on Zaha or buy an over rated Malcolm worse a heavily limited Fraser.

catbiscuits
catbiscuits

“In terms of raw talent Amaechi is undoubtedly one of Arsenal’s best prospects”

Jeorge, you tend to write as though literally every one of our youth players is an amazing prospect. I enjoy your coverage, but your overly optimistic slant makes it hard to evaluate who might realistically make the step-up to the senior team.

Spanish Gooner
Spanish Gooner

I was also disappointed at the lack of the “while Amaechi usually plays as a x, he is comfortable at y and has even been used at z” paragraph that we’ve come to love

Chrispy
Chrispy

Yup that’s how you motivate..

Junior
Junior

I guess its quite good to teach these young lads that everything (especially in football) doesn’t come served on a silver plate and just because you do good games in u-23 doesn’t mean you got what it takes on a higher level. They need to grow mentally and sometimes you can find out who’s up for the job by doing this kind of treatment.

Spanish Gooner
Spanish Gooner

he might be very talented, but Nketiah has been putting up unreal numbers in the u23, Smith-Rowe matched Amaechi’s goal tally in the Europa League, and Nelson was a first team player for a club in the Champions League. If he thinks has deserves to be on the same level as the others, he is deluded somewhat

Kwame Ampadu Down
Kwame Ampadu Down

Never understand why people get so angry about young players leaving……who the vast majority of posters have never even seen play. For every Gnabry that proves the club messed up letting him go there are dozens who didn’t prove them wrong. It is a tiny minority of youth players at big clubs who make it at the top level….and for 99% the main reason is they just weren’t quite good enough. That’s top level sport.

kaius
kaius

Right, and the market for the good enough ones is ultra-competitive now. Barca just signed 16 yr old English prodigy Louie Barry from West Bromwich Albion, City signed his 16 yr old teammate Marvin Rodger, and Liverpool poached 16 yr old Harvey Elliot who’s the jewel of Fulham’s academy.

At Arsenal we like to think everything is down to bad strategy or internal problems, when what’s happening is the major clubs are fully in the academy space turning player’s heads left right and center.

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

Well said, it makes me angry at how many “fans” are prepared to believe only negative stuff about the club.

Faisal Narrage aka Mr. Project Youth 2.0
Faisal Narrage aka Mr. Project Youth 2.0

TBH, we’re quite well adept at doing that ourselves; it’s usually how we court other club’s academy prospects too.

Neil
Neil

Is the report in the Guardian about Kos boycotting US tour true?

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

Yes

Assistantref
Assistantref

He looked like he wasn’t taking it seriously and didn’t want to be here so why would he get taken on tour? Unless it was to try to drive up his price. But do we even have him on a long-term pro contract anyway?

Oscar
Oscar

12 months left on it

Pookins
Pookins

Sounds like he’s got a bit of an attitude problem

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

Possibly and that’s the last thing we need right now.

Faisal Narrage aka Mr. Project Youth 2.0
Faisal Narrage aka Mr. Project Youth 2.0

As the evolution to my name shows, and my past posts are concerned, it’s pretty clear I’m pro-youth and been pretty critical of our club’s handling of youth players in recent years and last season.

However, I don’t think I can do that here. Amaechi hasn’t shown enough yet to get the call up. Worse yet, Arsenal seemingly specialises in attacking midfielders and we now have a bunch of them all roughly around the same age. Nelson, Smith-Rowe, Saka, Amaechi, etc. Just no way all of them will get the development time. But attitude is a big thing, and by all accounts Saka has shown the right kind of attitude to learning and selfless play that Amaechi has yet to display.

This isn’t like, say Bielik, who’s head and shoulders above his peers and is plays in a position we’re both currently lacking and also struggle to develop quality in (defensive abilities), Amaechi is a creative prospect in an academy chock-a-bloc with them, in a first team squad choc-a-bloc with them.

Don’t blame him for leaving. I don’t blame arsenal for not giving him a chance either.

Public Elneny
Public Elneny

Ultimately it’s a good sign that big clubs are interested in so many of our academy players, it’s a sign that it’s doing well. Think of all the talented youngsters we’ve poached from other clubs, especially La Masia. It’s just part of the game, swings and roundabouts.

However that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to keep hold of our biggest talents as best we can. It’s surely a bit unnecessary NOT to bring him on a pre season tour if that has any influence on his decision to stay at all. It wouldn’t hurt us at all to bring him along unless decisions have already been made.

In terms of his route to the 1st team, he has a lot of of competition from his fellow U23s – Nelson, Smith-Rowe, Saka etc and now Martinelli. But there’s room in the first team squad for at least 2 young wingers with only Iwobi and Mkhi capable of playing those positions atm – they could establish themselves pretty quickly once there. 18 is a bit young to be demanding 1st team football, but if he isn’t getting thrown any kind of bone whatsoever I can understand his frustration.