Match report- Under 18’s- Arsenal 3 Aston Villa 2

Arsenal under-18s came from behind in spectacular fashion to see off Aston Villa at London Colney this morning.

Coach Steve Bould made two changes from the side which edged past Watford, with Oguzhan Özyakup coming in for Samir Carruthers and Sanchez Watt replacing Nigel Neita up front.






subs: Emmanuel-Thomas.

The Gunners began on the front foot and took the lead when Watt headed home Cedric Evina’s cross.

However, in a bizarre turn of fortunes, Arsenal found themselves 2-1 down. Firstly, a penalty was awarded after Shea conceded a foul in the area and the ‘keeper failed to make amends by allowing the spot-kick to beat him easily. Villa then took the lead with a goal from a corner but the Gunners refused to lay down and die.

Roarie Deacon, who scored the winner against Watford last week, levelled proceedings after he latched onto Rhema Obed’s cross. Multiple chances followed at both ends before Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, on as a substitute, fed Jonas Rasmussen who scored the decisive goal of the game.

The Gunners remain unbeaten in 2009 and host Portsmouth next week.


  1. i sort of recon wot wenger was saying about his youngsterz!

    they are really up for a challenge including 13 and 14 years old for the first team!

  2. i saw the u16’s game and we played some great football
    number 10 was instrumental for arsenal
    villa never picked him up

  3. arsenal won 3-1
    i think the number 10 was josh rees
    he scored a cracker from all but 25 yards on the half volley
    and monokana got a brace
    them two worked brilliantly together up front
    villa were poor tho

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