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Post-Match Report

U21s Report: Arsenal 4-1 Chelsea

Charles Sagoe Jr celebrates goal

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WHAT HAPPENED

We made it three wins out of three in the opening stages of our Premier League 2 season, with an impressive 4-1 win against Chelsea at Meadow Park. 

Mehmet Ali's line-up was largely unchanged from the side who beat West Ham last weekend; the only change coming between the sticks with Hubert Graczyk stepping in as keeper.

Both sides started brightly but it was Chelsea who had large spells of possession in the opening 10 minutes, forcing Graczyk to make an early stunning save and tip a powerful shot over the bar.

The Gunners also came close several times through some fluid, counter-pressing football and both Sagoe Jr and Marquinhos looked incredibly dangerous down the wings. 

The deadlock was broken just before the half-hour mark thanks to a beautiful curling shot from James Olayinka. We didn't wait long to double our lead as centre-forward Khayon Edwards joined Olayinka on the scoresheet five minutes later. 

Charlie Webster did get a goal back for the visitors just before half-time, with a shot that Graczyk was unlucky not to keep out, but we remained on top at the break.

Chelsea came out strong in the second half, upping the intensity in their attempts to find an equaliser. Our resilient back line was able to soak up the pressure and with every counter-attack, we looked likely to score again.

Skipper Matt Smith came very close to scoring after his lovely chip grazed the post, but it was Charles Sagoe Jr who made it 3-1 to the Gunners. He was rewarded for all his hard work 78 minutes in, with a very well-taken goal after a 1v1 with the Chelsea keeper.

Butler-Oyedeji came off the bench to get our fourth, consolidating an intelligent and mature display from the team.


WHAT'S NEXT

Next up is a trip to the seaside for an away game at Brighton on Friday, August 26. 

Kick off is at 7:30pm (UK time)

TEAM NEWS

Starting XI: Graczyk, Sweet, Awe, Monlouis, Sousa, Azeez, Smith, Olayinka, Marquinhos, Sagoe Jr, Edwards

Substitutes: Hillson, Foran, Cozier-Duberry, Bandeira, Butler-Oyedeji

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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