Steep learning curve for Bould’s boys as City hit Gunners for five

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Arsenal under-18s were given the strongest possible warning this morning that defending their Premier Academy League title will not be an easy task.

The Gunners were 5-0 down to Manchester City going into the last 10 minutes of today’s trip to Eastlands before late goals from Martin Angha and Jeffrey Monakana salvaged some pride from an otherwise disappointing trip. Earlier, a Harry Bunn hattrick and strikes from Alex Henshall and Emerick Hippias had given coach Steve Bould a massive headache, although his stance on proceedings will be somewhat softened by the fact that the majority of his side today were first-year scholars, whilst key players such as striker Zak Ansah and right-back Ben Glasgow were missing through injury.

Arsenal will look to bounce back with a vengeance when they take on Sunderland in their first home game of the season next week.

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9 thoughts on “Steep learning curve for Bould’s boys as City hit Gunners for five

    soulcricket said:
    August 21, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    Love ur site but I do not keep up with man city youth players or even their first team if I can avoid the media blare of the millions they spend. I know Bould was very short today but is this city team bought or grown or a mix….sorry question is is citys youth system getting the $$$ as the First Team not an excuse just do not know the answer.
    Thanks Soul

    Hiro said:
    August 21, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    i heard that the man city team consisted of fresh promoted U16′s, just as ours did

    DI said:
    August 22, 2010 at 9:01 am

    I was at the game -City had 5 lads playing who were first years.Only one of the five wasnt one of Citys under 16 team from last year.

    GoonerBoy said:
    August 22, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Whilst people should get exciteas the first game and they understrength i dont think these batch of scholars are as good as the last threee in my opinion. I noticed there isnt much stand out players other than ansah and maybe josh rees.

    LSOE said:
    August 22, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    DI :I was at the game -City had 5 lads playing who were first years.Only one of the five wasnt one of Citys under 16 team from last year.

    DI – What did you make of Alex Henshall?

    LSOE said:
    August 22, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    LSOE :

    DI :I was at the game -City had 5 lads playing who were first years.Only one of the five wasnt one of Citys under 16 team from last year.

    DI – What did you make of Alex Henshall?

    I’ve just seen your comments on the other thread DI – as follows:

    I saw the second half of the under 18 game +the first half of the under 16 match-Henshall was outstanding.

    In the under 16 game Anthony Jeffry was impressive for Arsenal as was Arsenals right back.

    Jeorge Bird responded:
    August 22, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    can anybody give me the u18s starting line-up from yesterday?

    DI said:
    August 23, 2010 at 9:28 am

    According to the team sheet it was -Mcdemt rees bihmoutine edge monteiro angha monakana webb roberts meade neita

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