John-Jules’ return gives Arsenal U23s a major boost


Arsenal U23s have found victories difficult to come by of late, and they drew 1-1 away to Manchester City on Saturday.

Although City have an impressive academy setup, their results at U23 level so far this season haven’t been of a particularly high standard, so Arsenal will have been frustrated not to have emerged with more than one point.

Perhaps more important than the result, however, was an incident that occurred in the 78th minute, with Tyreece John-Jules entering the fray in place of goalscorer Nathan Tormey.

John-Jules had been out for several weeks through injury, with Arsenal sorely missing his creativity, even though they weren’t short of attacking firepower with Folarin Balogun in the side.

Once he is fully sharp, John-Jules will provide Arsenal with an extremely useful extra option, with his versatility a great help to the side given that he can play up front, out wide or as a number ten.

His injury deprived John-Jules of the chance to make his competitive debut for the first-team against Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup, but if he can prove his fitness over the next couple of weeks then he will surely have a chance to feature in one of the final Europa League group stage fixtures.

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Why worry about the development of a youth player when our fans don’t even care about our first team captain.




Maybe you’re one of those fans who doesn’t care. I believe in the club. Not an over-inflated egotistical, mediocre player who just happened to get captaincy on a silver platter


Respect for Torreira.

Clearly upset by the shite thrown up at Xhaka.

Knock on effect will come home to roost and yet again these same fans will get thier just rewards. be careful for what you wish for.

don’t like the captain so they think they can make the difference and change the situation just like they thought their pathetic fan protest pre-season really made ANY difference in summer plans.

What it will do is deny us the full efforts of Xhaka and potentially other members.

Who needs supporters like that.

Your team is struggling and trailing, the captain isn’t doing anything wrong, played as ggood as most on the pitch.

He gets crap thrown in his face.

sure most of the players will know that in the end they are professionals and have to play through the crap and crassness of it all, that these fans are shallow and fickle in support.

BUT they are human and will know that every cheer is superficial as much as these same fans will turn on you sooner than later, not reward you for at least giving your best.

Embarrassment Arsenal fans. Charlie Nicholas is a fool to join Stewierd Robson and others.

Sure Xhaka should not react but these supposed club legends haven’t got much between the ears.

They should be calling out the shite fans rather. Our support is atrocious. Tepid when the team needs support, vindictive and lacking in class.


Why are you bringing this up in an article related to the u23’s and John-Jules?!