Tottenham starlet won't get the chance to have a go at Arsenal after all

Just a day after Shaq Coulthirst was talking up the Under-21 tie with Arsenal this Friday evening he has been shipped off to Torquay United on loan.

It doesn’t matter at what age you are playing this fixture - it will always be a derby.

Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal under-21’s will face off this evening in a Barclays Under-21 Premier League match at Hotspur Way.

The game, which kicks off at 7pm, certainly had one Tottenham player fired up yesterday.

Shaquille Coulthirst has become something of a hidden talent in the Spurs youth system. A star in their NextGen Series campaigns the future looks bright for the bullish striker.

And ‘Shaq’, who has recently captained the side, was clearly chomping at the bit to get into The Gunners when speaking to the Spurs official website yesterday:

“Nobody needs to be told about the importance of the game and what it means to the club and all the players and supporters, so everyone will be ready. It’s about our players and our development, but we know Arsenal will be good so we’re ready for anything they’ve got. It’s really big for us as players because they’re our biggest rivals and everyone will be up for it. Everyone knows what we have to do.”

Unfortunately for Coulthirst however he isn’t in the squad.

That’s right, despite this rousing interview he has not been selected to play - with this the squad for the tie:

Jordan Archer, Liam Priestley, Alex McQueen, Vlad Chiriches, Dominic Ball, Kevin Stewart, Giancarlo Gallifuoco, Connor Ogilvie, Milos Veljkovic, Laste Dombaxe, Harry Winks, Nathan Oduwa, Aaron McEneff, Kenneth McEvoy, Souleymane Coulibaly, Ruben Lameiras.

Coulthirst has been sent out on loan to League Two strugglers Torquay United until the end of the season.

It is his second such spell of the campaign - after spending time with Leyton Orient earlier on in the campaign.

We are sure he is relishing the opportunity to play regular football - we just imagine the timing could have been better for the youngster.

In positive news however for the first team Vlad Chiriches will feature this evening as he steps up his injury recovery.

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