• Wojciech Sczezsny
  • Craig Eastmond
  • Thomas Cruise
  • James Dunne
  • Gavin Hoyte
  • Havard Nordtveit
  • Jonus Rasmussen
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  • Luke Freeman
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  • Jay Emmanuel-Thomas

Academy Report

FA Premier Academy League


Saturday, December 1 2007

Arsenal Under-18s



West Ham United Under-18s



Arsenal Academy slumped to a third successive League defeat at the hands of West Ham United on Saturday.

Goals in either half, first from Daniel Kearns and then Freddie Sears, sealed a valuable win for the visitors and compounded what has been a miserable start to 2008 for the young Gunners.

Still smarting from their midweek exit from the FA Youth Cup, Steve Bould's boys took to the London Colney field aiming to get their season back on track. This seemed the ideal fixture for that - after all, Arsenal hit the Hammers for six earlier in the campaign.

However after 20 tentative minutes Kearns cut in from wide left and unleashed a fierce drive which deflected past Arsenal stopper Wojciech Szczesny.  The Gunners reached the interval with the deficit still at one but, barely one minute after the restart, West Ham doubled their advantage.

As many of his team-mates appealed for a penalty, Sears pounced on a loose ball to slot home with the referee playing advantage. It was cruel luck on Arsenal and, despite a commendable second-half effort, any kind of breakthrough eluded them.

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4 Feb 2008