The Under-23s Thread

Discussion in 'The Arsenal Academy Page' started by Aevi, Aug 9, 2019.

  1. MutableEarth

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    Yeah, we are STACKED in midfield at youth level. Even after losing Musah incredibly. Only thing I'd say about our midfield is that our biggest talents lack power+height a little, although looking at Bandeira, he's a big lad.

    Smith should be in the same conversation as our bigger talents. He moves the ball incredibly well, and positions himself extremely well compared to other players. Really progresses play very well. I reckon he will translate to first team football really well if he can hack it physically.

    I agree on Balogun - Nketiah was an incredible scorer at youth level and really rounded his game out well when he was down there, but Balogun looks to be every inch the superstar forward in general play and in front of goal. He's everything I hoped Chuba Akpom would be.

    As for Trae Coyle, I think he'll have a hard time but he's as talented as any of our youth and given his form of late, he could really take advantage of any opportunity. Needs a good loan for me, send him to League One or Championship for a bit and see how he fares.

    Clarke was indeed skipper for the night and really commanded the backline for the majority of the match. He waned big time along with the rest of the team towards the end but overall he was one of the stronger performers. Him and Swanson have been excellent for the U23s this season and Clarke in particular could actually be the CB we're looking for from the academy. Not particularly that tall, but combative, good in possession and reads the game well.

    +1 on Taylor-Hart. He's an excellent technician - shades of Coyle though with the big injury. I hope his development hasn't been harmed. I really like Taylor-Hart though, probably the best winger from this current intake.
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  2. Tosker

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  3. MutableEarth

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    Balogun is WAY too OP for this level. Needs a loan and a new deal as soon as Summer hits. He's heading to his last year in the Summer and he's already been courted.

    Great to see Danny Ballard back aswell. He's the best academy CB, with Harry Clarke 2nd.
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  4. MutableEarth

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    Wonder upon wonders. Brighton are streaming this match!
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  5. Ibadan

    Ibadan Gagan Jr

    Do a livestream for us Daddy MutableEarth
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  6. MutableEarth

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    Saliba starting!!! Interesting!

    Don't like the midfield though, Akinola AND Olayinka is a bit redundant to me. Should have started one of Azeez or Cirjan alongside Akinola - Olayinka should be on loan already. Cottrell and Salah-Eddine should be good viewing though, and we'll also get a look at George Lewis aswell over 90 mins. Bit interesting that Alebiosu is the main RB at this level - I thought it would be Oyegoke (who's been playing CB lately). I hope McGuinness isn't injured again.

    Looking forward to seeing Akinola but bit disappointed not to see Azeez.
  7. Heskey

    Heskey Well-Known Member


    That pass can impregnate.
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  8. Manberg

    Manberg Predator

    I spent a good few minutes looking for Salah in the lineup, then looked up who that M'hand guy is :lol:

    Is it a double pivot in midfield?
  9. MutableEarth

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    Yeah, Akinola and Olayinka as the pivot.
  10. Manberg

    Manberg Predator

    Rubbish camera angle, but a stream's better than nothing :p
  11. krengon

    krengon One Arsene Wenger Trusted

    Yeah that was really impressive, the turn too was such a nice move.
  12. MutableEarth

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    Hes started this game well so far aswell. Bit sloppy from us otherwise.
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  13. MutableEarth

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    Nearly a great goal by Balogun there. We are getting into the game now.
  14. Manberg

    Manberg Predator

    Cottrell is everywhere, both in attack and defence. He impresses me every time I see him.
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  15. MutableEarth

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    Saliba and Ballard are really comfy both defending and on the ball. Defensive set up really working so far.

    Ballard has really improved technically and become a bit of a ball player at the back now.
  16. Heskey

    Heskey Well-Known Member

    So badly wanted that to have a better ending than hitting the post.. Was really nice up until.
  17. MutableEarth

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    Yeah been very busy and uses the ball well aswell. Him and Olayinka starting to control things upfront

    Bola is very clumsy but hes been mostly strong 1v1 so far till that last tackle lol
  18. MutableEarth

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    Yeah great play, predictably from Balogun. Looks to be the only attacker who is involved in the game so far. Salah very deep and Lewis a bit invisible so far.
  19. AbouCuéllar

    AbouCuéllar Well-Known Member

    Where do you lads stream this?
  20. Heskey

    Heskey Well-Known Member

    Saliba's pass from deep for Balogun was very effortlessly. Would've created a decent chance if there was more support and Balogun had look towards the box rather than shoot.
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