Ben Sheaf

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Ben Sheaf
Ben Sheaf 2015.jpg
Sheaf in 2015
Personal information
Full name Ben Sheaf[1]
Date of birth (1998-02-05) 5 February 1998 (age 20)[2]
Place of birth Dartford, England[3]
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[2]
Playing position Midfielder[2]
Club information
Current team
Youth career
2011–2014 West Ham United
2014–2017 Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2017– Arsenal 0 (0)
2018Stevenage (loan) 10 (0)
National team
2013–2014 England U16
2015 England U18 2 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:00, 5 May 2018 (UTC)

Ben Sheaf (born 5 February 1998) is an English footballer who plays as a midfielder for Premier League Arsenal. He has represented England at youth level.

Club career[edit]

Sheaf started his youth career with the reserves of West Ham United at the age of 13,[4] before joining the Arsenal youth setup on 2 July 2014.[5] He earned the praise of senior team manager Arsène Wenger who said that Sheaf was "always ahead of the game".[6] He scored his first goal for the Arsenal U19 in a 3–2 victory over Greek club Olympiacos on 29 September 2015, where he found the net in the 41st minute from the penalty spot.[7]

In October 2015, Sheaf was invited to train with the first team,[8] and days later he was an unused substitute in the club's 3–0 defeat against Sheffield Wednesday.[9] He stated that, although the result was not satisfactory, the experience of being involved in the first-team was good for him as he got to "see how things are done".[10] He made his first-team debut for Arsenal on 19 October 2017, coming on as an 89th-minute substitute for Francis Coquelin in a 1–0 victory over Red Star Belgrade in the UEFA Europa League.[11]

Sheaf joined League Two side Stevenage on loan on 26 January 2018, joining the Hertfordshire club on a deal until the end of the 2017–18 season.[12]

International career[edit]

Sheaf debuted for England under-16 team in the Victory Shield. As of July 2014, he has played twice for the under-16 national team.[4] He was part of the England U18's which played a couple of friendlies against the Netherlands in September 2015. They won 2–0 in the first game which Sheaf scored a penalty and drew the second game 0–0.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Sheaf comes from a sporting family. His mother was a top-level volleyball and beach volleyball player, and his older brother Jake is also a professional beach volleyball player. Sheaf's father was a footballer at county level while his younger brother Max is a former Arsenal player and current Hull City player.[10]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 5 May 2018
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup EFL Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Arsenal 2017–18[2] Premier League 0 0 0 0 1 0 1[a] 0 0 0 2 0
Stevenage (loan) 2017–18[2] League Two 10 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
Career total 10 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 12 0
  1. ^ Appearance in Europa League


  1. ^ "Squads for 2017/18 Premier League confirmed". Premier League. 1 September 2017. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e Ben Sheaf at Soccerway. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Ben Sheaf". Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Arsenal sign West Ham wonderkid Ben Sheaf". All Arsenal. 3 July 2014. Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Arsenal raid West Ham to sign England Under-16 midfielder Ben Sheaf". Metro. 2 July 2014. Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Arsene Wenger makes huge claim about Arsenal defender". Express. 9 May 2017. Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  7. ^ "Youth League: Arsenal 3-2 Olympiacos". Arsenal F.C. 29 September 2015. Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Who is Ben Sheaf? The Arsenal starlet profiled after he takes part in first-team training". Mirror. 27 October 2015. Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  9. ^ "Arsenal pay high price in Sheffield Wednesday nightmare". Daily Cannon. 27 October 2015. Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  10. ^ a b "Feature: Ben Sheaf". Arsenal F.C. 4 February 2016. Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  11. ^ "Red Star Belgrade v Arsenal: Europa League – as it happened". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  12. ^ "Ben Sheaf joins from Arsenal on loan". Stevenage F.C. 26 January 2018. Retrieved 26 January 2018.
  13. ^ Adam Shergold (3 September 2015). "Holland U18 0-2 England U18: Arsenal kid Ben Sheaf and Tottenham starlet Kazaiah Sterling on target in Young Lions win". Daily Mail. Retrieved 23 October 2017.

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