By Tony Attwood
Getting information the Uefa Youth League match that kicks off at 3pm is tough, but I’ll offer what I can. If you have more please do let me know.
Arsenal.com is making much of the inclusion in the squad of Tolaji Bola who played for the under 18s last season, and is now in the under 19s at the age of 16. Arsenal’s site say of him he is “Strong in the air and tough in the tackle, he is also composed with the ball at his feet and comfortable playing out from the back.”
He is an England youth international, at under-16 level.
With the Youth League, as with other competitions the clubs have to submit their list of eligible players, and Arsenal’s list includes Dan Crowley who is on loan at Barnsley. Two players who had some registration problems (Donyell Malen and Vlad Dragomir) are included in the list, but according to some reports, again which I can’t find definitive confirmation of, Dragomir has suffered a serious injury.
Julio Pleguezuelo and Alex Iwobi are in the squad, and so to is Jeff Reine-Adelaide who we saw at the Emirates Cup.
Krystian Bielik (who looked excellent when I saw him in the under 21s) is also in the 37 man squad.
- Bola, M
- Bola, T
- Da Graca,
And that I am sorry to say, is about all I have on the game. At least I am not alone in this problem, as a lot of sites proclaim they have a preview and lead one to a blank page.
So I am going to start on tonight’s match and we can come back to the under 19s if any more info is available.
At the weekend the result was, according to the report I saw, “a saunter in the park.”
Lokomotiva Zagreb 0-4 Dinamo Zagreb (Ángelo Henríquez 36 64, Junior Fernandes 70, Leonardo Sigali 74)
The form guide (all competitions, most recent first) for Dinamo looks a bit fearsome too although our form isn’t that far behind.
Perhaps a bit more concerning is that Dinamo are not just the Croatian champions but are 41 games unbeaten in all competitions. They’ll be signing “49” soon – unless of course we can do the business tonight. Last season they became the first team to go through a Prva Liga campaign unbeaten.
We last played them in the 2006/7 season in the third qualifying round and won 3-0 at the Ems and 2-1 at Dinamo’s ground
The team in Zagreb was:
Almunia, Eboué, K Touré, Djourou, Hoyte (Flamini 80), Hleb, Fàbregas, Gilberto Silva, Rosický (Flamini 82), Adebayor (Aliadière 82), Van Persie.
Dinamo have played four times in the group stages of the Champs League but never won through, and have the same problem in making it on to the next round in the Europa and the Uefa cup. In 2012/13 they lost every game, and only managed their first goal in the last game of the group phase.
To get into the group stage they beat KF Skënderbeu 6-2 on aggregate, and overall have only scored four goals in 12 Champions League games – with the last win coming in 1999/2000 against Sturm Graz.
All the games Dinamo have played against English clubs have ended in defeat.
Our record is a bit better: 18 consecutive years in the group stages, and we have made it through to the knock out stages 15 times. But on the other hand last year we started out losing 2-0 at Dortmund, amidst much criticism. But overall we have won seven, lost two and drawn two of the last 11 away fixtures in the qualifying round and the Champions League proper.
There’s one other link that crops up: Theo scored a hat-trick when England beat Croatia in the same stadium in a 2010 WC qualifier in September 2008.
Anniversaries from the champions league
- 16 September 1997: First European game under Arsène Wenger. Paok Salonika 1 Arsenal 0.
- 16 September 1998: Arsenal’s first match in Champions League away to Lens. A 1-1 draw. Arsenal finish third in the league section.
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