Post-Match Report

U21s report: Crystal Palace 2-0 Arsenal

Omari Benjamin v Palace

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Our U21s fell to a 2-0 away defeat against third-placed Crystal Palace on Friday afternoon.

Mehmet Ali’s side, who were looking to bounce back from Monday’s narrow Premier League Cup defeat to Brentford B, started the brighter of the two sides and had the game's first real chance through Joel Ideho, who sent his effort wide after an impressive run from midfield.

We were awarded a penalty moments later when Nathan Ferguson tripped Omari Benjamin in the box but Jackson Izquierdo was equal to Matt Smith’s attempt from 12 yards.

However, the home side took the lead just seconds before half-time when Ademola Ola-Adebomi side-footed home from Tayo Adaramola’s cross.

After the restart, we made a triple change bringing on Catalin Cirjan, Khayon Edwards, and James Sweet - the latter two making timely returns after long spells on the sidelines.

The changes seemed to spark a resurgence in the side and we were almost level but Zane Monlouis failed to get the right connection on a close-range header.

We came close again after good link-up play between Ideho and Ben Cottrell but the latter fired his shot inches over the bar.

The hosts doubled their lead 20 minutes from the end when Ola-Adebomi scored his second of the game after being played in by Jadan Raymond.

We huffed and puffed to find a way back but heroic defending from the Eagles on multiple occasions kept us blank on the scoresheet.


The result sees us remain sixth on 27 points, after 19 games played.


We're back in action on Saturday, March 25, when we’ll head up north to face Blackburn Rovers in the Premier League 2.  

Kick-off at the Lancashire FA is at 1pm (UK).


Arsenal XI: Graczyk, Walters (Sweet, 46), Monlouis, Awe, Sousa, Smith, Cottrell, Bandeira (Cirjan, 46), Cozier-Duberry, Ideho (Sagoe Jr, 79), Benjamin (Edwards, 46)

Subs not used: Cooper



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FA Youth Cup semi-final U18 v Man City

Having reached the final four of the FA Youth Cup, our under-18 side will host Manchester City at Emirates Stadium in the semi-finals on Tuesday, April 4, kicking off at 7pm (UK).

As they did in the previous round, our young Gunners will once again take to the Emirates Stadium pitch to face City, hoping to book a place in the final against either West Ham United or Southampton.

You can buy your tickets now to support Jack Wilshere's side, which are priced at just £4 for adults and £2 for concessions.

Wilshere's men made it this far by thrashing Millwall 6-0 in round three, before beating Newcastle United 3-2 and then overturning a two-goal deficit to beat Watford at Vicarage Road.

They then found a last-minute winner to overcome Cambridge United in the quarter-finals to set up a meeting with Ben Wilkinson's City side, who last lifted the trophy in 2020 - relive our run to the final four.

To get to this stage, they have knocked out Blackburn Rovers, Brighton & Hove Albion, Fleetwood Town and Oxford United, scoring at least three times in each tie.

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Tickets will go on general sale at 10am on Friday, March 17. Tickets will be £4 for adults and £2 concessions*. Supporters will be able to purchase up to six tickets per transaction - booking fees apply.

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