By Lloyd Webb
Arsenal Under-18s succumbed to a 4-1 defeat at Southampton on Saturday.
Charlie Gilmour scored for the Gunners but a brace from Olofela Olomola and goals from Tyreke Johnson and Callum Slattery wrapped up the win for the hosts.
Frans de Kat’s team went into the match having not lost their previous three games and the manager made six changes to the side that drew at Swansea.
Eddie Nketiah, Vlad Dragomir and Aaron Eyoma all started in a dangerous attack at Staplewood Training Ground.
Olomola rounded Ryan Huddart and applied a calm finished after a low cross found him unmarked in the seventh minute.
Gilmour won the visitors a penalty five minutes later and stepped up to equalise with an assured finish into the bottom corner.
Johnson poked home from a few yards out as Huddart was unable to hold on to Harley Willard’s 25 yard-strike before the break.
Olomola scored his second of the game after Gilmour conceded a penalty for a mistimed challenge in the second half. The striker made no mistake from the spot to give Southampton a two-goal advantage.
Slattery rolled the ball past Huddart after Olomola had pulled a pass back to him for the host’s fourth just past the hour mark which was enough to seal three points.
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