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Post-Match Report

Report: Arsenal U18 4-4 West Brom

Myles Lewis-Skelly in action for Arsenal U18 v West Brom

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WHAT HAPPENED

04:00

Highlights | Arsenal 4-4 West Brom U18s (H)

We scored a stoppage-time equaliser to rescue a point from an eight-goal thriller against West Brom, as we drew 4-4 at London Colney on Saturday afternoon.

Jack Wilshere handed a debut at under-18 level to Osman Kamara and the forward justified that decision inside three minutes, racing in behind the Baggies defence after a pinpoint Myles Lewis-Skelly pass, and keeping his composure to find the bottom corner.

Our lead lasted just over 10 minutes as the visitors restored parity through Fenton Heard's tap-in at the far post after a long ball in behind caught out our defence.

We restored our advantage midway through the half, Sebastian Ferdinand finding the back of the net from a tight angle after some excellent pressing from Kaleel Green to force a mistake from Ben Cisse in the West Brom goal.

We added to our lead shortly after the restart when Green got the goal his performance deserved, pouncing on the loose ball after Jimi Gower's initial strike could only be parried back into danger by Cisse.

The visitors pulled one back with 20 minutes left to play, Layton Love capitalising on an error as we tried to play out from the back and beating Alexei Rojas from close range.

Our lead was wiped out moments later, Akeel Higgins finding the roof of the net in a goal-mouth scramble after we failed to deal with a lofted corner to the back post.

We fell behind for the first time in the match with just over 10 minutes remaining after Rojas was adjudged to have brought down Heard in the box, before Love dispatched the penalty to mark a quite remarkable comeback from the visitors.

Lewis-Skelly scored our fourth and game's eighth goal deep into stoppage time, his effort taking a deflection and wrong-footing Cisse to roll into the bottom corner as we snatched a point with almost the last kick of the game.

05:47

U18s: West Brom (H) | Jack Wilshere interview


WHAT IT MEANS

We drop down to seventh in the Under-18 Premier League table after four matches played.

WHAT'S NEXT

We aren't back in action for two weeks, when we travel to face Norwich City on Saturday, October 1.

Kick-off at the Lotus Training Centre is at 11am (UK time).

02:21

U18s: West Brom (H) | Osman Kamara interview


TEAM NEWS

Starting XI: Rojas, Nichols, Kacurri, Brown, Ismail, Lewis-Skelly, Dudziak, Gower (C), Ferdinand, Kamara, Green

Substitutes: Kovacevic, Small, Ryan, Oulad M'Hand, Obi-Martin

Post-Match Report

U21s report: Burnley 1-3 Arsenal

Mehmet Ali

WHAT HAPPENED

04:00

Highlights | Burnley 1-3 Arsenal U21s (A)

We made it back-to-back wins in the Premier League Cup on Friday afternoon, as we beat Burnley 3-1 away from home.

Mehmet Ali's side were hoping to get back to winning ways after their midweek defeat in Ipswich Town in the Papa Johns Trophy and got off to the perfect start inside seven minutes.

We took the lead through a moment of magic from Joel Ideho, the Dutchman cutting inside from the left and firing into the bottom corner from outside the box to score his second goal of the season in the Premier League Cup.

We continued our early dominance against an experienced Burnley side and doubled our advantage just 10 minutes later, Mauro Bandeira registering his first goal at this level, converting from the spot after good work from the returning George Lewis to win the penalty.

Burnley began to mount significant pressure on our backline as the half drew to a close, with James Hillson forced into several important saves, before a goal-line block from Josh Robinson denied the hosts a certain goal minutes before the break.

Michael Mellon pulled one back for the hosts 10 minutes after the restart, the forward prodding the ball beyond Hillson at the near post, despite Elian Quesada-Thorn's best efforts to clear it off the line.

We responded emphatically just minutes later, Ideho completing his brace at the end of another solo run and firing across Denis Franchi to ensure we left Burnley with our second win in the Premier League Cup group stage.

02:45

U21s: Burnley (A) | Mehmet Ali interview


WHAT IT MEANS

We remain top of Group G in the Premier League Cup with two wins from as many matches played.

01:23

U21s: Burnley (A) | Joel Ideho interview


WHAT'S NEXT

We return to Premier League 2 action on Saturday, October 1, when we travel to Liverpool.

Kick-off at the Liverpool Academy is at 2pm (UK time).

01:43

U21s: Burnley (A) | Josh Robinson interview


TEAM NEWS

Starting XI: Hillson, Robinson, Kacurri, Walters (C), Quesada-Thorn, Ibrahin, Bandeira, Dudziak, Ideho, Lewis, Vigar

Subs: Rojas, Foran, Nichols, Gower, Taylor-Hart

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