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First professional contract for Trae Coyle

Young midfielder Trae Coyle has signed his first professional contract with the club.

Trae, an England youth international, has impressed while playing for our under-23s and under-18s this season.

From north London, he joined the club in May 2009 and signs on the day of his 17th birthday.

Everyone at the club would like to congratulate Trae on his first professional contract and we look forward to his continued progress.

Post-Match Report

U-23s: Arsenal 4-0 Manchester United - Report

WHAT HAPPENED

Eddie Nketiah scored a brace, while Jeff Reine-Adelaide and Vlad Dragomir were also on target as we swept aside Manchester United at Meadow Park.

Keen to start well, we pressed forwards early on, allowing United little time on the ball, and almost made our pressure tell when Joe Willock flashed an effort just wide of the post 10 minutes in.

Soon after, Reine-Adelaide did well to skip through United’s back line and set up Nketiah, who couldn’t quite apply the finishing touch.

But a few minutes later, Reine-Adelaide did open the scoring, sliding the ball in from close range after ghosting in from the left-hand side.

Not happy with just the one, Reine-Adelaide raced in on goal yet again moments later, but this time saw his delicate dink blocked by Theo Richardson in goal.

With just 20 minutes gone, Reine-Adelaide could have been burying his hat-trick, when he rose to meet Jordi Osei-Tutu’s cross, but could only head narrowly wide of the mark.

Shortly after the half-hour mark Nketiah came close to doubling our lead, when he fired a curling effort just wide of the post after having been teed up by Reiss Nelson.

With half-time rapidly approaching, the visitors created their first opportunity of the match, when Josh Bouhi cut inside and sent the ball straight into the arms of Matt Macey.

Following the break, United created the first opportunity of the second half, when Indy Boonen swept the ball at goal, but saw his effort fly wide of the mark.

Despite this we scored next, this time through Dragomir, who placed the ball in the bottom corner after having been slipped through by Nelson.

Keen to get back into the game, the visitors upped the tempo and very nearly reduced the deficit through Aidy Barlow, who saw a header bound for the top corner saved spectacularly by Macey.

As the full-time whistle neared, Nketiah turned with speed and strength on the break, capping off a fine run with a composed finish to stretch our lead to three.

And after bagging one, Nketiah soon doubled up to add our fourth, linking up well with Nelson to poke the ball in past Richardson.

WHAT IT MEANS

Victory sees us rise to third in the league, just six points behind second-place Leicester City and seven behind league leaders Liverpool, with one game in hand.

WHAT’S NEXT

We travel to face Sunderland in Premier League 2, hoping to continue our recent form.

Post-Match Report

U-18s: Arsenal 2-2 Fulham - Report

WHAT HAPPENED

Robbie Burton struck a late equaliser as we came from two goals down to secure a point against Fulham at London Colney.

After a tense opening 20 minutes, in which neither side could create many opportunities, the visitors edged into the lead, courtesy of an unfortunate own goal from Vontae Daley-Campbell.

Soon after, Fulham doubled their lead when Timmi Abraham was quick to react following a scramble in the box, poking the ball past Joao Virginia in goal.

In search of a route back into the game, we created a good chance for Trae Coyle, who couldn’t quite apply the finishing touch after meeting Tyreece John-Jules’ smart flick.

With just moments until the half-time break, Fulham very nearly handed us a goal when a stray pass fell to John-Jules, who was only able to drill his shot wide of the mark.

Following the break, we reduced the deficit when Xavier Amaechi blasted in from the edge of the area, adding to his collection of impressive strikes so far this season.

Now in the ascendancy and pushing for an equaliser, Coyle came close once more, this time striking the crossbar, after linking up well with Burton and Amaechi.

With the full-time whistle nearing, we drew level when Burton fired a stunning strike in following a corner.

WHAT IT MEANS

We stretch our unbeaten run to seven games, but the result leaves us six points behind league leaders Chelsea.

WHAT’S NEXT

We travel to Anfield to face Liverpool in the FA Youth Cup fourth round next Saturday. 

News

Tafari Moore joins Wycombe on loan

Young right back Tafari Moore has joined Wycombe Wanderers on loan for the rest of the season.

The 20 year-old England youth international spent last season on loan with FC Utrecht, making 26 league appearances for the Dutch side.

Tafari, who has been with Arsenal since the age of 12, heads to the Chairboys to gain more first team experience in League Two.

We’d like to wish him well for the rest of the campaign.

Interview

‘I want to be the best I can… and be remembered’

Trae Coyle has now signed his first professional contract with us - and you can find more about him here.

The attacking midfielder grew up as an Arsenal fan and recently spoke to Arsenal Player about his hopes for the future:

on his name and position…
My name is Trae Coyle and I play attacking midfield, anywhere across the front.

on his earliest footballing memory…
I used to play for Hampstead FC when I was about seven. I just remember being a striker scoring loads of goals and having fun.

on when he joined Arsenal…
I joined Arsenal just before my ninth birthday and I was at Charlton before that. Arsenal came to me just before my ninth birthday, because I supported Arsenal I had to sign.

on what it was like supporting the club and then joining…
Yes, definitely. I was overwhelmed, I didn’t know what it was going to be like, but I got used to it quite quick and had fun ever since.

on whether his whole family are Arsenal fans…
Yes, everyone.

on their reaction…
My dad, he was a bit more calm he didn’t say too much, but everyone else was buzzing.

on who his favourite player was growing up…
Thierry Henry.

on what he liked about Henry…
Just always scored, every time I watched he scored.

on his ambition…
I want to be the best I can, win as many trophies as I can and just be remembered.

on the best thing about being at Arsenal…
I think now it’s probably seeing all the big players every day, you see Arsene, all the first-team coaches, you get to go to every game and especially me as a fan, seeing all my idols growing up, the coach, getting to go and watch every game, that’s probably the best part.

on what he needs to do to get into the first team…
A lot. Work hard every day. I think the main thing is giving them a reason to pick you or to involve you, that’s probably the biggest thing.

Post-Match Report

U-18s: Aston Villa 0-2 Arsenal - Report

WHAT HAPPENED

We picked up a valuable three points on the road, beating Aston Villa 2-0 thanks to a pair of second-half penalties from Trae Coyle.

We began the game positively and very nearly took an early lead when Bukayo Saka cannoned a fierce effort off the crossbar, while the rebound fell too quick for James Olayinka to react.

Shortly after, Saka came close again when he was played through only to see his low drive pushed away by Emmanuel Idem.

Following the break we started with the same impetus we had began the first half with, as Folarin Balogun stung the palms of Idem when he took aim from the edge of the area.

Although the initial effort was blocked, Saka picked up the ball, drove into the box and was felled, handing Coyle the chance to give us the lead, which he did so coolly.

Ten minutes later, Coyle was this time tripped in the area as Dominic Thompson swung in a dangerous ball. The forward stepped up once again and doubled up our lead.

Soon after Coyle almost bagged a hat-trick when he drilled a strong effort straight at Idem, which fell to Harry Clarke, who could only direct his effort over the bar.

WHAT IT MEANS

Victory means we are still six points behind league leaders Chelsea and four ahead of third-placed Leicester City.

WHAT’S NEXT

We host Fulham in our next fixture at London Colney, as we look to keep the pressure on Chelsea in the league.

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