Ladies’ fixtures officially announced
Ahead of the new season kicking off in early March, the FA WSL fixtures were officially announced earlier today – as the Arsenal Ladies continued their pre-season preparations with the 2016 campaign less than two months away.
Pedro Martinez Losa‘s side will get the campaign underway with a home fixture against newly-promoted Reading, being played on Wednesday March 23, with a kick-off time of 7.45pm.
Young Gunners succumb to defeat
As for Arsenal’s under-18 side, they succumbed to their first defeat since October – after losing 3-1 at home against Fulham.
Edward Nketiah scored the Gunners’ only goal of the game, but Frans de Kat‘s side were collectively disappointing and failed to seize the opportunity to leapfrog the visitors into third place in the U18 Premier League table. They have a trip to Aston Villa on Friday afternoon, so will be eager to bounce back and record another victory.
In terms of the FA Youth Cup, Arsenal will face Coventry City (away) in the Fifth Round after a comfortable victory in south Wales against Swansea last time out.
The winners of that tie will host Nottingham Forest, Liverpool or Cardiff City in the following round of the competition.
Season-ending injury for Jenkinson
Some unfortunate news to report now, as Carl Jenkinson, who has enjoyed loan spells with West Ham over the past season-and-a-half, has returned to the Emirates. The 23-year-old fullback, who was eager for first-team football, impressed on a number of occasions for the Hammers – but sustained a season-ending injury during their enthralling draw with Manchester City last weekend.
With Mathieu Debuchy seemingly on the way out, as both Aston Villa and Sunderland are interested in the Frenchman’s signature, Jenkinson will be eagerly anticipating a full recovery from his long-term knee injury so he can assert his credentials as more than a squad player in Arséne’s plans in the summer.