Arsenal Youth preview – Nketiah to help U23s against Blackburn

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Arsenal U23s are in action tonight as they host Blackburn Rovers and the young Gunners have received a boost in their quest to avoid relegation, with Eddie Nketiah set to feature tonight.

The striker has found first-team minutes difficult to come by of late and, after an absence of almost two years, is in line to start for the young Gunners at Meadow Park.

Nketiah boasts an impressive goalscoring record at U23 level, having scored 28 goals in 38 matches.

Steve Bould’s side will welcome the involvement of the 21-year-old as they look to avoid relegation to the second tier. Arsenal are currently four points clear of the drop zone.

Reiss Nelson, who gave away a penalty against Southampton last time out, is also set to be called upon again, with the winger looking to show that he deserves to be getting at least some playing time for the first-team.

Omar Rekik, who hasn’t played since joining the club in January, is unlikely to be fit due to injury so 17-year-old Zane Monlouis is poised to start at centre-back for the third game in succession.

The game kicks off at 7pm and Arsenal are showing it live on their Twitch channel.

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

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Johnny 4 Hats

So arbitrarily signing players who have been released by lesser clubs hasn’t worked out?

Everyday’s a school day.

Tapps

Franck Ribery released by Lille. Jamie Vardy released by Sheff Wed. Declan Rice released by Chelsea (ironically), Andy Robertson released by Celtic, Joao Felix released by Porto and, of course, the Window Licker released by us. Just saying……..

goonero

Aphex Twin used to play for Arsenal?

Tapps

Not that one – his brother (probably)

Billy bob

Window licker!!! Hahahahaahahahaahahaha

myrtle

Why isn’t Nketiah on loan again?
Forget the U23s he should be out there boosting his value and proving himself against real teams.

Tapps

Just like that hugely successful Leeds loan?

myrtle

He was directly competing against Patrick ‘teacher’s pet’ Bamford and didn’t fit Bielsa’s style. One swallow doesn’t make a summer and there are 95 other teams in the country.. You can’t tell me another loan would be less beneficial than a game every fortnight against teenagers.

Tapps

Just pointing that not all loans work out well.

myrtle

True

Bleeding gums murphy

That’s about his stamp I think. He will score goals against teenagers. Wish him well but he is not nearly good enough to play for the Arsenal

Nainsley Aitland Miles

This January to May period has certainly been a lost opportunity for Nketiah and Nelson. But for all we know, they may have wanted to stay and fight for their place in the team.

Medium Mozart

Judging by tonight’s performance, Nketiah will have a job to stay in the U23s side.

Medium Mozart

U23s… precarious league position… Nketiah to start… loads of goals at this level… Nelson also to feature… Monlouis with a very ‘seventeen year old’s’ name…

Got it.

Just one thing…

What the hell is a Twitch Channel?!

Man

Just seen the lineup. Think Bouldy must be a secret Ossie Ardiles fan. Nketish, Balogun, Moller all shoehorned in. And we’re losing.

Medium Mozart

Yeah, it’s really not working so far, to say the least. Azeez is clearly our best player here, but even he can’t do everything in midfield by himself.

Nainsley Aitland Miles

Probably should have played Runarsson and Chambers too. They won’t be used against Spurs on Sunday.

matt keeler

That went well