Tim Akinola joins the club

Young midfielder Tim Akinola has joined us after leaving Huddersfield Town at the end of last season.

The 19-year-old, who impressed in Huddersfield’s youth set-up, has met up with his new team-mates and is already training with our under-23s and academy players ahead of the new season.
Before joining Huddersfield Town in June 2019, Tim was at Lincoln City, where his progress was rewarded by breaking into the first-team squad in the EFL Trophy. During his time with Lincoln City, Tim also had a spell on loan with non-league side Lincoln United in January 2019.
Predominantly a central midfielder, Tim, who started his youth career at League Two side Mansfield Town, is eligible to represent both Nigeria and England.
We welcome Tim to Arsenal and look forward to supporting him with his continued development.
The deal is subject to the completion of regulatory processes.

Post-Match Report

Match report: Brighton 2-2 Arsenal U-23s



William Saliba starred for our under-23s on Friday night as we secured a 2-2 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion on the road. 

Ben Cottrell and James Olayinka were the names on the scoresheet - but it was Saliba who impressed most, showing great composure and quality to dominate play from deep. 

We started strong and came close to an opener through Folarin Balogun, who struck the post after regaining possession high up the field. 

George Lewis then went on to sting the gloves of Carl Rushworth with a dipping effort, before Salah-Eddine Oulad M’hand and Balogun combined neatly on the edge of the area, only for the latter to be denied by a stunning save. 

The hosts then went on to take the lead against the run of play, with Teddy Jenks converting coolly from the spot. 

But on the stroke of half-time, Lewis skipped past his marker on the edge of the area with some fine footwork, before playing an inch-perfect pass for Cottrell to finish into the far corner. 

The England Under-18 international has now scored in each of our PL2 fixtures this season. 

We continued to push forward after the restart and were duly handed our reward, with Saliba playing a key role in the goal. 

The France youth international skipped forward out of defence and played a probing pass into the attack, where Olayinka was able to turn and finish into the bottom corner. 

We went on to create a number of other promising opportunities, but in the end we were made to pay for our missed chances, as Danny Cashman headed home at the far post for a share of the spoils. 


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Next up, we will face Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, September 26, with kick-off at 1pm (UK time). 








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