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Post-Match Report

U-18s: Arsenal 2-1 West Ham - How it happened

West Ham United U18 -

London Colney
U18 Premier League South
U18 Premier League South
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                  Balogun (7)
                   Flaherty (83)
            
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Arsenal U18
Balogun (7)
Flaherty (83)
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              Alese  (48)
          
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West Ham United U18
Alese (48)

HOW IT HAPPENED

Our under-18s returned to winning ways on Saturday as they beat West Ham United 2-1 at London Colney.

Summer signing Joel Lopez helped to create the first golden opportunity with a storming run down the left wing to pick out Yunus Musah, who beat his marker, shifted the ball onto his right foot and fizzed an effort narrowly past the post. 

We continued to play our free-flowing football from back to front - and in the seventh minute we opened the scoring through Flo Balogun. Following a good spell of possession, Trae Coyle picked out the 17-year-old inside the box, who took a touch and found the bottom right corner with a left-footed finish.

Bayli Spencer-Adams’ looping header then sailed wide of the post from a set-piece routine, while at the other end Amadou Diallo slipped inside the six-yard box and failed to convert for the visitors.

We dominated the game throughout the opening 45 minutes, but just three minutes into the second half the Hammers drew level.

Rosaire Longelo tried his luck from a tight angle and called Arthur Okonkwo into action, but he could only parry the ball into the feet of Aji Alese, who was left with the simple task of firing home. 

It looked as if the visitors had done just enough defensively to secure a share of the spoils, but with seven minutes remaining Matthew Smith played a defence-splitting pass into the path of Vontae Daley-Campbell, who picked out Stanley Flaherty with a lofted cross. The substitute wriggled free inside the box and delivered a thumping header into the bottom left corner, sealing all three points.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN

We remain just one point below league leaders Tottenham Hotspur.

U-18 Premier League table

WHAT’S NEXT 

Kwame Ampadu’s side must now turn their attention to their Under-18 Premier League clash with Reading on Saturday, October 20.

The game will take place at London Colney with kick-off at 11am (UK time). Attendance is by invitation only.

News

Internationals: Eleven youngsters called up

Emile Smith Rowe, Eddie Nketiah, Joe Willock

A number of our youngsters have been called up by England for this month’s international fixtures. Scroll down to find out who’s in action and when.

Eddie Nketiah and Joe Willock have been named in England Under-20s’ squad for their games against Italy on Thursday, October 11 and Czech Repulic on Monday, October 15.

Emile Smith Rowe has been called up to England Under-19s’ squad for their matches against Portugal on Thursday, October 11 and Macedonia on Tuesday, October 16.

Folarin Balogun, Vontae Daley-Campbell, Tyreece John-Jules, Arthur Okonkwo and Bukayo Saka have been named in England Under-18s’ squad for their games against Sweden on Thursday, October 11 and Czech Republic on Monday, October 15.

And finally, Miguel Azeez, Sam Greenwood and Yunus Musah have been called up to the under-17s squad for the England International Youth Tournament. They will face USA on Friday, October 12, Russia on Sunday, October 14 and Brazil on Tuesday, October 16.

Post-Match Report

U-23s: Leicester 1-2 Arsenal - How it happened

HOW IT HAPPENED

We climbed up to second in the Premier League 2 table on Monday as we ran out 2-1 winners over an experienced Leicester City side.

We started on the front foot and were quick to create a number of half chances. Daniel Ballard’s looping header was claimed well by Eldin Jakupovic, before Tyreece John-Jules’ fizzed effort went narrowly over the bar.

We continued to apply pressure on the Foxes, though, and in the 20th minute Tobi Omole opened the scoring from a well worked set-piece. Robbie Burton received the ball on the touchline and delivered a chipped pass into the box, where Omole was waiting to apply the finishing touch.

Moments later Leicester’s Callum Wright checked in on his right foot and fired over the crossbar, before John-Jules found himself through on goal but couldn’t finish past the onrushing Jakupovic.

With 15 minutes remaining of the first half, however, Wright picked up the ball inside the box and delivered a curling right-footed effort into the top corner.

Bukayo Saka then raced through on goal and looked set to restore our lead before the half-time whistle, but his driven effort was kept out by the Foxes goalkeeper.

Following the break, it was the hosts who started stronger. Tolaji Bola was forced into a stunning last-ditch tackle on Josh Knight, before Fousseni Diabate’s dipping free-kick almost snuck past Deyan Iliev.

The Foxes continued to push forward in numbers but we remained a threat on the break - and following a darting run into the box, Bola forced a foul and handed us the opportunity to restore our lead. Burton stepped up from 12 yards and made no mistake.

The home side threatened right up until the final whistle, but our defence stood strong to extend our unbeaten run to six PL2 fixtures.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN

We’ve climbed up to second in the PL2 table, trailing league leaders Everton by goal difference only.

PL2 table

WHAT’S NEXT

We next face Everton on Monday, October 22.

The game will take place at Meadow Park with kick-off at 7pm (UK time)