U18s preview: Brighton v Arsenal

U18s report

Our under-18s make the trip to the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre to face Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday in a 12pm kick-off.

Ahead of the game, here is everything you need to know.

Last time out

We played out a thrilling 3-3 draw away to Crystal Palace last Saturday.

Mason Cotcher gave us the lead on the brink of half-time, but Palace responded with two early goals in the second half from Zach Marsh and Hindolo Mustapha.

Bless Akolbire found the equaliser for us, but Marsh then netted his brace as Palace took the lead again.

Nevertheless, in the game’s dying embers, Omari Benjamin got on the end of Seb Ferdinand’s well-placed cross to make it 3-3 and extend our unbeaten run to four games. 

We are now sixth in the U18 Premier League South, five places and six points ahead of Brighton.

As for Brighton

With just six points from their opening eight games in the league, Brighton find themselves 11th in the division after a disappointing start.

The season began promisingly enough thanks to wins against West Brom and Stoke City (the latter in the Premier League Cup), as well as draws with Leicester City and Southampton, but a 4-2 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur changed the side’s fortunes.

Since then, they’ve lost to West Ham, Chelsea and Reading, and drawn to Crystal Palace.

Last time we met

Our previous meeting with Brighton came in February when the Seagulls won 3-1.

Mathaeus Roberts gave us an early lead but goals from Harry Mills, Yussif Owusu and another from Mills earned Brighton all three points.

How to follow

We will be providing updates throughout the game on our Arsenal Academy Twitter page, and there will be a match report published on after the final whistle.

We will also be sharing post-match interviews with Jack Wilshere and one of his young Gunners, as well as highlights of all the action.

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