Olowu on the right track after injury frustration

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Last season was certainly a strange one for Joseph Olowu.

Having previously mainly been deployed at centre-back, Olowu was moved to right-back by then U23s coach Freddie Ljungberg and started the season well as he produced some impressive performances.

However, an injury meant that Olowu spent much of the second half of the season on the sidelines, and there were even questions raised regarding his Arsenal future at one stage.

The 19-year-old has managed to battle back, though, and has been one of the best performers for the U23s in pre-season so far having reverted to his usual position of centre-back.

There was a time when Olowu was ahead of both Daniel Ballard and Zech Medley in the pecking order at Arsenal, but Ballard is now gaining experience of loan at Swindon Town, while Medley has featured for the Gunners at senior level.

Olowu, meanwhile, is still waiting for his first experience of senior football, and, despite the quality that he possesses, it seems somewhat unlikely that he will fulfil that objective this season unless there is an injury crisis.

For now, though, he is simply focused on building his fitness back up and re-establishing himself as a fundamental figure in the U23s, with Steve Bould rating the youngster highly.

The Checkatrade Trophy should provide Olowu with an opportunity to test himself against senior opponents, while he could also be given a chance to train with Unai Emery’s squad during international breaks.

Olowu’s situation is significantly more positive than it was a few months ago, but he is fully aware that he has much work to do in order to make the grade at Arsenal.

Having already overcome adversity, Olowu is ready to face any further difficulties that may come his way.

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

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Arsenio
Arsenio

Keep up the hard work!

Goonereality
Goonereality

Yes, that’s what is needed.

Grumbleduke
Grumbleduke

Poor old Ryan shawcross! Karma!

GoonerUpNorth
GoonerUpNorth

There’s an article with John Kitson on the sun of all papers. He talks about the way Pulis built the situation which led to Ramsay’s leg break through his hate of Wenger. I think it’s safe to say that Pulis was the real cunt. Shawcross was just a young lad trying to make a career for himself. Good luck to him in his recovery.

Startlow £1
Startlow £1

After seeing that nasty “tackle” on Ramsey I hated Shawcross and for many years hoped he would get payback. He’s one player i just can’t feel sorry for which kinda makes me feel bad after watching his leg snap.

Dave Cee
Dave Cee

Jorge, what do you think about the sale of Amaechi?

Deo
Deo

Would be great to see our academy produce some quality defenders. Get on that, Per!

Der Kaiser
Der Kaiser

All the best Joseph. Keep up the hard work. It is often those who have the mental strength through adversity who go on to succeed.