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U18s Report: Fulham 1-1 Arsenal

Rosiak in action for Arsenal U18 against Fulham

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WHAT HAPPENED

04:00

Highlights | Fulham 1-1 Arsenal U-18s (A)

We picked up our first point of the Under-18 Premier League season on Saturday afternoon, battling out a 1-1 draw with Fulham away from home.

Jack Wilshere took his place in the dugout for the second time as head coach and watched on as we made an assured start, dominating possession in the opening exchanges, with Bradley Ibrahim at the heart of things.

However, it was the hosts that would edge themselves in front against the run of play, Alexei Rojas giving away a penalty after colliding with a Fulham player while trying to clear a ball into the box.

Delano-McCoy Splatt step up from the spot and sent the Colombian the wrong way, much to the frustration of our young Gunners.

Much like last weekend against Chelsea, the goal didn't deter us and we were rewarded with an instant equaliser, Ethan Nwaneri crossing high to the back post where Omari Benjamin was on hand to beat his man and tap home into the bottom corner.

Wilshere gave his side the clear objective to 'kill them with possession at the break, and that's exactly what we did, dominating the ball and restricting Fulham to very few opportunities, thanks to our well-coordinated press.

Sebastian Ferdinand and Nwaneri continued to pose a threat to Fulham after the interval, stretching them with width and almost finding for Benjamin to double his tally on several occasions.

Maldini Kacurri, returning to his former club, produced an outstanding defensive performance alongside Tino Quamina at the heart of our backline to frustrate the host's forwards throughout the afternoon.

Rojas more than made up for his first-half error with an astonishing double save minutes from full-time to ensure we left Fulham with a deserved point.

Photo credit: Pedro Soares

05:44

U-18s: Fulham (A) | Jack Wilshere Interview


WHAT'S NEXT

Next up for us, it's the small matter of the north London derby.

We host Tottenham Hotspur at London Colney on Saturday, August 27.

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

02:22

U-18s: Fulham (A) | Maldini Kacurri Interview


TEAM NEWS

Starting XI: Rojas; Rosiak, Kacurri, Quamina, Quesada-Thorn, Ismail Oulad M’Hand Dudziak, Ibrahim; Ferdinand, Nwaneri, Benjamin.

Substitutes: Cooper, Nichols, Brown, Gower, Green.

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.

07:02

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).

02:22

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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