Dinamo Zagreb vs Arsenal: under 19s report and full preview of the evening match
By Tony Attwood
Arsenal won the under 19s game against Dinamo Zagreb 2-0. The team was
- Pleguezuelo (C)
Chris Willock and Ben Sheaf scored the goals, to win the under 19s first Uefa Youth League game this season.
Arsenal.com report the first goal thus: “Willock collected the ball just inside Zagreb’s half and left three Croatian defenders in his wake as he burst into the box and found the bottom corner to put Andries Jonker’s side ahead. The tricky midfielder then beat another two players before he was brought down in the box, allowing Sheaf to score from the spot.”
The back four of Tafari Moore, Julio Pleguezuelo, Krystian Bielik and Marc Bola have been playing in the under 21s, and have conceded just three goals in four games for the under-21s this season while the front men have knocked in 11. Hinds got the second goal with four minutes to go.
So now it is over to the stadium where Theo scored a hat-trick when England beat Croatia in the 2010 WC qualifier in September 2008. It is also the stadium that was shaken on Tuesday night by an earthquake that measured 3.2 on the Richter Scale: the tenth in Zagreb this year. The whole place is falling apart!
“It’s Wenger’s fault as the earth moves” (sorry that was my audition for a column in the Telegraph).
As for today’s team, there has been some talk of changing things and giving a rest to a few players, plus letting others know they are not forgotten. So, bearing that in mind I would suspect we might see
Alexis Ozil The Ox
Arteta Santi C
Monreal Koscielny Gabriel Debuchy
Gabriel as we have noted has played in three consecutive no goals against games. In his 11 appearances so far for the first team Arsenal has conceded four goals with him on the field winning ten drawing one. And according to the aaa we need a new player in the heart of our defence, but I put it to you, members of the jury, is this not a sign of managerial genius in spotting this player and getting him a work permit.
Héctor Bellerín and Aaron Ramsey have not travelled, in order to give them a complete chance to rest, the former because he is young and with this being his full first season is liable to burn out, the latter because of the extra stress of the high expectations of playing for Wales.
Oooooooooooospina, Chambers, Gibbs, Flamini, Coquelin, Walcott, Campbell – unless of course Gibbs starts instead of Monreal.
What this team selection and those left at home means is that we do indeed have a squad of some depth – even with the first big injuries now in full swing.