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Post-Match Report

Report: Brighton 2-2 Arsenal U21

Lino Sousa in action for Arsenal U18

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Premier League 2 - Division One
Premier League 2 - Division One
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WHAT HAPPENED

We extended our unbeaten run in the Premier League 2 to four matches as we drew 2-2 with Brighton away from home on Friday night.

The hosts raced into an early lead after just three minutes, Jack Hinshelwood firing home from close range following a goalmouth scramble after we failed to deal with Brighton's initial corner. 

We responded instantly, Amario Cozier-Duberry showing real composure in the box to put the finishing touches on a well-worked move after impressive link-up play from Matt Smith.

Karl Hein, making his first appearance of the season at this level, produced an impressive stop to deny Andy Moran and keep the scores level.

Lino Sousa almost gave us the lead on the stroke of half time, thundering one against the crossbar from close range after a forceful run into the box from deep.

It was us who made the fast start to the second half, Charles Sagoe Jr beating James Beadle at his near post with a powerful strike just two minutes after the interval.

Nathan Butler-Oyedeji almost added a third, racing through and testing Beadle from a tight angle after outwitting the Brighton defence.

The hosts would restore parity once again in the closing stages, Todd Miller's strike taking a large deflection and falling to the feet of Casper Nilsson to prod home from close range.

We continued to threaten in behind as the final whistle approached, but failed to add the third in the closing stages that would have seen us take all three points back to north London.

WHAT IT MEANS

We stay unbeaten in the Premier League 2 this season and remain top after four matches.

WHAT'S NEXT

Next up Mehmet Ali's side are in cup action, as we kick off our EFL Trophy campaign against Cambridge United on Tuesday, August 30.

Kick-off at Abbey Stadium is at 7pm (UK time).

TEAM NEWS

Starting XI: Hein, Sweet, Awe, Monlouis, Sousa, Azeez, Olayinka, M. Smith, Sagoe Jr, Cozier-Duberry, Butler-Oyedeji

Substitutes: Hillson, Foran, Bandeira, Henry-Francis, Ideho 

Post-Match Report

Report: Arsenal U18 4-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Arsenal U18 team celebration against Tottenham

WHAT HAPPENED

Highlights | Arsenal 4-1 Tottenham U-18s (H)

We picked up our first win of the season as we beat Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 in the north London derby at London Colney on Saturday afternoon.

Jack Wilshere's side, buoyed by an inspirational video message from Cesc Fabregas in the dressing room before the derby, took the game to the visitors right from the first whistle.

Our fast start was rewarded inside five minutes as Harrison Dudziak picked out Omari Benjamin, our forward creating space for himself before firing into the top corner beyond Luca Gunter.

We doubled our lead soon after, Bradley Ibrahim winning the ball in midfield and finding Ethan Nwaneri, whose impressive outside-of-the-foot pass fell perfectly into the path of Benjamin, who scored his second with a composed finish low across Gunter.

It was a third for us and Benjamin midway through the half, a flowing team move from defence to attack unlocked the visitors as Nwaneri picked out Benjamin in a wide area, allowing him to cut inside onto his right foot and complete his hat-trick.

Tottenham's afternoon went from bad to worse minutes before the break, as Jahziah Linton was shown a second yellow card for a late challenge on Dudziak.

The visitors picked up a consolation goal midway through the second half, Damola Ajayi finishing at the back post after we failed to clear a corner.

With 20 minutes left to play, Nwaneri got the goal that his performance deserved, firing home on the rebound after more good play from Ibrahim in midfield.

Wilshere gathered his young Gunners on the pitch at the final whistle to give them a rousing team talk after we picked up a statement victory in the derby.

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U-18s: Tottenham Hotspur (H) | Jack Wilshere interview


WHAT IT MEANS

We move up to sixth place in the Under-18 Premier League table, five points behind league-leaders West Ham, after three matches played.

WHAT'S NEXT

Next up for Wilshere's side, a trip to Newcastle as we face the Magpies in a Premier League Cup group stage clash on Saturday, September 3.

Kick-off at Little Benton is at 11am (UK time).

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U-18s: Tottenham Hotspur (H) | Omari Benjamin interview


TEAM NEWS

Starting XI: Rojas; Nichols, Kacurri, Quamina, Quesada-Thorn, Ibrahim, Gower, Ferdinand, Dudziak, Nwaneri, Benjamin

Substitutes: Kovacevic, Small, Ryan, Oulad M’Hand, Green

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