It is a busy weekend for Arsenal’s youngsters, with the U18s and U23s both in action.
Firstly, the U18s resume their FA Youth Cup campaign with a trip to face Blackburn Rovers in the fourth round.
The game, which kicks off at 12pm on Saturday, sees Ken Gillard’s side take on the team that knocked them out of the competition last season.
In this year’s edition of the tournament Arsenal overcame Rotherham United in the third round, but Charlie Patino, one of the scorers from that game, may not be available to fa Blackburn due to injury.
For the clash against Rotherham Arsenal elected against fielding Miguel Azeez and Catalin Cirjan, with both players deemed to be beyond that level. However, it is possible that Cirjan could be involved against Blackburn as Arsenal look to progress in this prestigious competition.
Arsenal U18s have been in disappointing form of late – they have gone four league games without a win – so they know that they will have to improve if they are to avoid going out again.
Then attention will turn to the U23s on Sunday, who face Everton away in a 1pm kick off.
The young Gunners are on a woeful run of seven games without a win, with their most recent result seeing them lose 3-0 to Blackburn.
Arsenal are four points clear of the relegation zone and will be seeking a morale-boosting win as they look to edge towards safety.
Azeez, who was one of the few impressive performers against Blackburn, is likely to start again. Meanwhile, with Reiss Nelson and Eddie Nketiah having been on the bench for the first-team on Thursday, it isn’t currently clear whether they will be called upon for the U23s on this occasion.