Marc Bola

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Marc Bola
Personal information
Full name Marc Joel Bola[1]
Date of birth (1997-12-09) 9 December 1997 (age 20)[2]
Place of birth Greenwich, England
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[2]
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Blackpool
Number 27
Youth career
Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016–2018 Arsenal 0 (0)
2017Notts County (loan) 13 (0)
2017–2018Bristol Rovers (loan) 18 (0)
2018– Blackpool 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:13, 16 September 2018 (UTC)

Marc Joel Bola (born 9 December 1997) is an English professional footballer who plays for Blackpool, as a left back.

Early and personal life[edit]

Bola grew up supporting Arsenal, the team he started his professional career at.[3] Bola is of Conglese descent.[4][5]

Career[edit]

Born in London Borough of Greenwich, Bola joined Arsenal Academy when he was 13 after being spotted playing Sunday league football and at 16, he earned a scholarship.[6] After progressing through the ranks, he was promoted to the reserve side.[7] At the reserve side, Bola became a regular there and scored his first goal for the reserve side on 9 March 2016, in a 3-3 draw against Fulham U23.[8][9]

Bola turned professional with Arsenal in April 2016.[10][11]

Bola moved on loan to Notts County in January 2017.[12] He made his Notts County debut on 4 February 2017, where he played 53 minutes, in a 2-0 loss against Accrington Stanley, and went on to make 13 appearances for the side before returning to his parent club at the end of the season.[13]

In July 2017, he signed a season-long loan deal with Bristol Rovers.[14] Bola made his Bristol Rovers debut on 16 September 2017, in a 3-0 loss against Wigan Athletic.[15][16]

He was released by Arsenal at the end of the 2017–18 season.[17] Following his release he signed for Blackpool on a one-year contract.[18] He was sent off in September 2018, but the club appealed to the FA who overruled it and rescinded the three-match ban.[19]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 16 September 2018
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Arsenal 2016–17[13] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017–18[16] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Notts County (loan) 2016–17[13] League Two 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
Bristol Rovers (loan) 2017–18[16] League One 18 0 0 0 2 0 3[a] 0 23 0
Blackpool 2018–19[20] League One 6 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 9 0
Career total 37 0 0 0 4 0 4 0 45 0
  1. ^ Appearances in the EFL Trophy

Playing style[edit]

Bola plays primarily as a left back, Bola can also play as a centre back and a striker.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Squads for 2016/17 Premier League confirmed". Premier League. 2 February 2017. Retrieved 13 February 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Profile". 11v11. Retrieved 14 February 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Marc Bola Features". Arsenal F.C. 8 January 2016. Archived from the original on 30 October 2017. Retrieved 30 October 2017. 
  4. ^ "Arsenal Super Kid Bola Clarifies : I Am Not Eligible To Play For Nigeria:: All Nigeria Soccer - The Complete Nigerian Football Portal". www.allnigeriasoccer.com. 
  5. ^ "Football des jeunes : la RDC U20 joue en amical contre l'Angleterre junior - adiac-congo.com : toute l'actualité du Bassin du Congo". www.adiac-congo.com. 
  6. ^ "Marc Bola on his time at Arsenal, initiation songs, Bristol Rovers debut and adapting to League One". Bristol Post. 24 August 2017. Retrieved 31 October 2017. 
  7. ^ "Profile". Arsenal F.C. Archived from the original on 30 October 2017. Retrieved 5 February 2017. 
  8. ^ "U-21s: Fulham 0-3 Arsenal - Match report". Arsenal F.C. 9 March 2016. Archived from the original on 30 October 2017. Retrieved 30 October 2017. 
  9. ^ "Who is new Bristol Rovers signing Marc Bola? What we know about the Arsenal defender". Bristol Post. 15 July 2017. Retrieved 30 October 2017. 
  10. ^ Sean Kearns (7 April 2016). "Marc Bola signs new contract with Arsenal to stay at the Emirates". Metro. Retrieved 5 February 2017. 
  11. ^ "Marc Bola signs new contract". Arsenal F.C. 7 April 2016. Archived from the original on 30 October 2017. Retrieved 30 October 2017. 
  12. ^ "Notts County sign Jorge Grant, Marc Bola and Josh Clackstone on loan". BBC Sport. 31 January 2017. Retrieved 1 February 2017. 
  13. ^ a b c "Games played by Marc Bola in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 5 February 2017. 
  14. ^ "Marc Bola: Arsenal youngster joins Bristol Rovers on season-long loan". BBC Sport. 14 July 2017. Retrieved 15 July 2017. 
  15. ^ "How Arsenal loanee Marc Bola has grabbed his chance with Bristol Rovers". Bristol Post. 29 September 2017. Retrieved 31 October 2017. 
  16. ^ a b c "Games played by Marc Bola in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 20 September 2017. 
  17. ^ "Premier League clubs publish released lists". Premier League. 8 June 2018. Retrieved 9 June 2018. 
  18. ^ "lackpool sign Oldham defender Ryan McLaughlin and ex-Arsenal left-back Marc Bola". BBC Sport. 17 July 2018. Retrieved 19 September 2018. 
  19. ^ "Blackpool: Marc Bola ban lifted but Donervon Daniels red card upheld". BBC Sport. 19 September 2018. Retrieved 19 September 2018. 
  20. ^ "Games played by Marc Bola in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 July 2018.