The injury to Alexandre Lacazette means that an extra spot could be available for a young attacker in first-team training sessions and cup games.
Judging by his display for Arsenal U23s against Leicester City at Emirates Stadium on Saturday, Tyreece John-Jules is determined to prove to Unai Emery that he deserves to be given chances to impress.
John-Jules scored both of Arsenal’s goals as Steve Bould’s side came from behind to beat Leicester 2-1, and the young attacker has started the season in very encouraging form indeed.
The Hale End product has featured for the first-team in various friendly fixtures but is still awaiting his chance in a competitive game.
That could well change soon, with John-Jules surely likely to be involved in some capacity when Arsenal start their Carabao Cup campaign with a home game against Nottingham Forest later this month.
John-Jules is best suited to playing up front but can also be effective on either flank or in the number ten position, with his linkup play of a very high standard.
The step up to senior level will be a significant one and John-Jules may well take some time to adapt, but he certainly deserves a chance having performed so well at youth level.
Jeorge Bird is the author of www.arsenalyouth.wordpress.com Follow him on Twitter @jeorgebird
He’s playing well so deserves a chance to play in the league cup plus the Europa League. We’ll need to rest Auba and using John-Jules and Folarin Balogun sparingly in the right fixtures will help us cope without Laca and also give these young lads the chances that their form merritt’s.
I agree! They must be category B players? Team them up with Martinelli and give it a go!
Agree with you but I have a bad feeling we’re going to see auba leading line against Frankfurt.. Emery.. Sigh
Might be time to move on…
Jeorge, love your content, I have one idea for these articles you do for Arseblog news, if Arseblog allows, could you link the player’s page on your wordpress site about the player that the article is about? After reading this I was wondering how old John Jules is and how he did last year, your site is usually a great place for this information. Just a suggestion, thanks!
A point in Germany with largely a second string would be a decent result. Emery under pressure, but it’s the Villa game he must win, our performances have been disappointing, but I think the fallout has been a bit OTT. I wasn’t expecting anything but a real scrap for 4th this season, I said that Ceballos and Pepe would need a few months to settle in, and it’ll be the same with Tierney, Bellerin and Holding when they come back. We’re a club in transition, transitions take time, and are sometimes painful, I don’t see the point in bashing Emery,… Read more »
I certainly agree with this at some level. I think the biggest frustration though is after a season and 5 games, there is still no visible improvement or style of play. Even Klopp’s early years where they were struggled, he put a system in place immediately and started getting players to fit that system. Same with Pep, I know he has unlimited funds, but the idea is the same, he had a system, they struggled early on but once he got the players it’s paid dividends. With Emery, he chops and changes so much there is no continuity in the… Read more »
I agree with this and would go further. The top teams across Europe – and even those at CL quarters/semis level like Dortmund, have a defined style which may be adapted slightly depending on opposition but they arrive at each match saying “this is who we are, this is what we do”, it’s a confidence in a system and belief in your own quality that we don’t have. We are in a period of transition, but we have the quality in our squad to play the game the way arsenal should be playing with greater success than Wolves and even… Read more »
The good youngsters need to go out on loan and work with real men and see how a good dressing room works. Rather than being exposed to one where the senior professionals are scared and are more worried about the playlist of tunes rather than the playing.
Look at Eddie
We have some great young players coming through.
Its just a shame we have a muppet for a manager that believes Arsenal are better served playing “experienced” players who consistently make the same mistakes over and over again.
Would love to see Nelson, Smith Rowe, Nketiah and Jules given the opportunity but know we are doomed to see Ozil, Xhaka, Sokratis and Luiz fuck it up every game…
What these young players need is a loan spell with a well disciplined team with real men in the dressing room and not be tainted by our scared senior pros. A team more worried about the playlist than playing.
Ahh yes, that must be it, they simply don’t care! It’s either the playlist like you said (infernal Lil’ Uzi Vert!!!!!), or their “whips” or their haircuts, am I right? Go write for the Sun
An apologist for these self confessed cowards. Should the fledglings be tarnished by their lack of spirit and fragile confidence. Let them fly and learn new ideas gain new worldy experience and return to replace these shadows of men that guild their pockets without the toil of their forebears. (u won’t get that in the sun)
I agree with every word. Thanks for expressing my thoughts buddy.
Keen to see him play so that our increasing number of blowhard fans can abuse him for not scoring a hat trick on his debut
I think Tyreece has all the ingredients to become a top forward. He has the pace, physicality, movement and the right technique. We must make sure that we give him the right pathway and learning under the wing of Pierre and Alexandre to develop those instincts even further.
Great news, huge talent.
I really fear that due to our current predicament in the league we will field too strong a team on thursday to compensate for the failure against Watford. But I think last season showed that wins in the Euro League group stage does not provide much insights into the progress of the team. As Blogs wrote, we should really focus on the game on Sunday.
I hope we rest Aubameyang and only play senior players who need the match to become fitter/sharper (perhaps Pepe). Fringe players who have not played much and youngsters should be the way to go.
We can’t bee too complacent either.
A balance approach is right.
we need to fix certain things at the back and this game gives us opportunity to try something different. I really hope to see a 3 at the back with
UP top we can afford a bit more experiment with younger players.
Watch Emery play a full team on Thurs to try and save face. JJ won’t even get a look in. Then watch it backfire spectacularly as we likely lose and pick up a couple of key injuries. The guy is a tool.
Don’t think so. It will be a mix. I think there is some merit though to playing first team members at Cback and try out say a back 3 given Holding has yet to convince in reserves and has to work back in, Chambers, Sokratis (Luiz and Mustafi poor at back 4 better in a back 3) We need to work to our current assets at the back which aren’t the best. BUT it will be useful for us to get things right on Thursday defensively for the weekend. Up top, we can afford more younger players to blood in… Read more »
Are we 100% sure that Emery selects the team? I’m not so sure anymore about that.
What gives you a different impresssion?
I know…weird conjecture. I hope Unai works on defensive issues against Frankfurt for the weekend. So would like to see him try out say a back 3 (if for a period of the game) with Holding/Luiz……….Sokratis………….Chamber A 3-4-1-2 will provide for opportunity to play Smith-Rowe (in rotation with Cebellos) in the playmaker role and have Pepe upt op for a spell to continue his familiarisation with his teammates A switch to a 4-3-3 can then have Nelson in on the wide position with say JJ up top and maybe Martinelli on other flank. Midfield needs a bit of work as… Read more »
This young man is looking very impressive.
I am more than excited by him being included into first team.
He is a very mature player for his age and creative plus has a good frame for the CF role.
Scored some brilliant goals for the U23s
I think he deserves a start. We lack someone who can hold the ball up and distribute. JJ can develop into this player.
Very exciting talent IMO.