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Now that’s what I call a (reserve) team

Damian Martinez

Bacary Sagna, Sead Hajrovic, Ignasi Miquel, Jernade Meade

Emmanuel Frimpong, Jack Wilshere,

Thomas Eisfeld

Kristoffer Olsson, Nigel Neita, Chuba Akpom


That was yesterday’s team against Everton in the under 21 league.  Jack played the whole game, had a hand in both goals, and had both scored by Tom Eisfeld.

In fact both were Wilshere-Eisfeld combinations.  Superb.  And Eisfeld could have had a third, when he hit the bar.

So, look at the team.  Eisfeld, Wilshere, Sagna, Miquel, Frimpong, Akpom – all names to consider in the months to come.   And normally you would have had  Serge Gnabry, only he had played at Norwich.

Jack Wilshere has looked better each time he has come out – not just in terms of actually being able to play the full game, but in terms of confidence and readiness to play.   Tomorrow against Shalke might be too soon, but he will be in the first team very shortly.

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Sadly the Arsenal web site still hasn’t fixed the glitch that means you can’t see the under 21 league table – at least with any reliability – but I think that we are still second in the league.

Meanwhile we also have an amazing 14 players out on loan at the moment.  The list runs

Eastmond, Aneke, Afobe, Watt, Roberts, Denilson, Park, Wellington, Campbell, Ryo, Bendtner, Gallindo, Henderson, Boateng.

We know of course some will not come back to Arsenal, but normally from a list of that size one or two do make it.  Ryo, Campbell, Aneke, Afobe…





6 comments to Now that’s what I call a (reserve) team

  • Roughchops

    The future is bright! Once the first team get over the NCFC game all will be well.

  • WalterBroeckx

    Jack still has it when I looked at the images on Arsenal player. The vision and the ability to put the ball where it should end up. 🙂
    And 3 excellent finishes from Eisfeld. The 3rd ended against the crossbar but the keeper could only look at the almost perfect shot from some 20 meters out.
    Someone compared him with Ljunberg the other day somewhere on the internet.

  • rusty

    Eisfeld will be one to watch, that’s for sure! For all the concern about who will be Santi’s understudy (it’s not a perfect fit for Jack or for Ramsey, IMO), we have a Dortmund-trained teenager who’s getting settled into the squad.

    I do wonder why Ryo isn’t getting more games, though… While training with a PL squad isn’t nothing, I would be reassured by a statement from Wenger to the effect of, “He isn’t getting games, but I spoke recently to Roberto Martinez, and we’ve identified some goals and priorities for Ryo in the coming months. The player himself is happy enough, and his English has improved quite a bit!” Meanwhile, it’s hard to tell where our work permit-restricted players (Wellington, Campbell, Gallindo) are at in their development — the Spanish football pyramid on the one hand seems top-heavy, on the other like it’s full of young talent.

  • allezkev

    Eisfeld is a very accomplished young player, with a big future ahead of him.
    Kris Olsson is also a very talented and stylish midfielder with a good eye for that defence splitting pass.
    At just 17 Chuba Akpom has come on in leaps and bounds, that kid is a really exciting talent.
    Damien Martinez is also very good.

  • “He isn’t getting games… his English has improved quite a bit!”

    Oh, that’s encouraging news then.

  • @ allezkev
    “Damien Martinez is also very good.”

    Even more encouraging news, seeing as Mannone is not very good.