Premier Academy League Final-Tottenham v Arsenal-Match Preview

Arsenal under-18s have the opportunity to secure the first half of a presitigious double when they take on North London rivals Tottenham in the Premier Academy League play-off Final at White Hart Lane tomorrow afternoon.

It has been a superb season for Steve Bould’s side, who have only lost two games all campaign, and remain undefeated in 2009. Having topped Group A by a staggering 25 points, they will be full of confidence going into tomorrow’s encounter.

However, last week’s performance in the semi-final against Manchester City left a lot to be desired, with Bould admitting that the Gunners would be ‘turned over’ if they played like that again. Spurs will be looking for revenge for their FA Youth Cup exit against Arsenal earlier this season and will be boosted by the return of Andros Townsend and Jon Obika from a highly profitable loan spell at Yeovil.

The Gunners may be without Jack Wilshere (thigh) after he picked up an injury on international duty, whilst left-back Thomas Cruise faces a late fitness test. Rhys Murphy will be pushing for a start, whilst Luke Freeman and Benik Afobe could return on the bench, although Oguzhan Ozyakup is still in Germany with Holland U17’s.

Bould may opt to rest some players ahead of Friday’s FA Youth Cup final first-leg with Liverpool at Emirates, but this trophy is one which has eluded Arsenal since its formation at the start of the 2004-05 season.

KEY BATTLES:

ANDROS TOWNSEND V CRAIG EASTMOND

Live-wire Andros caused Craig all sorts of problems in the FA Youth Cup quarter-final and, after a highly successful spell away at Yeovil, he will be brimming with confidence. Eastmond has had a solid season and was particularly impressive against Manchester City in the semi-finals, but he will have to be on his guard here.

STEVEN CAULKER V SANCHEZ WATT

Sanchez may operate as a lone striker for Arsenal, although he will receive

lots of support from his midfielders. Caulker is a solid, no-nonsense centre-back and will be determined to keep a clean sheet.

JON OBIKA V KYLE BARTLEY

Powerful striker Obika was a thorn in Arsenal’s side in the FA Youth Cup clash and the much-improved Kyle Bartley will have to be on his guard to stop him. Obika impressed on loan at Yeovil and will be looking to impress potential suitors ahead of another temporary move next season.

Predicted team:

————————————–Szczesny—————————-

—-Eastmond———Bartley———————–Ayling———-Evina

—-E.-Thomas——–Coquelin———————Frimpong——-Sunu

————————-Murphy———————-Watt——————

subs: Shea, Afobe, Freeman, Henderson, Boateng.

42 comments

  1. will wilshere be available on friday against liverpool? is that why they’re not risking him tomorrow?

  2. “and remain defeated in 2009”
    Sometimes I wonder whether our youth teams are actually good enough with results like that.

  3. Henri lanbsury is playin heres the team: woijech eastgmond ayling, bartley, cruise, lansbury, frimpong, coqelin, thomas, sunu, muprhy

    Subs: shea, watt, henderson, evina, boateng

  4. ————————————–Szczesny—————————-

    —-Eastmond———Bartley———————–Ayling———-Evina

    —-——–Coquelin———————Frimpong

    –—-Lansbury———–Sunu————————-Thomas

    ————————-Murphy—————–

    Subs: Shea, Watt, Evina , Henderson, Boateng.

    ————————————–Jansson—————————-

    —-Smith———Butcher———————–Caulker———-Cox

    —-——–Parrett———————Bryne

    –—-Rose———–Mason————————-Townsend

    ————————-Obika—————–

    Sub: Butler, Kasim, Bostock, Kane, Nicholson

  5. 49.29: GOAL – ARSENAL. Frimpong won the ball in midfield and played wide to Sunu, low crossed turned home by Murphy from six yards.
    Spurs 0, Arsenal 1

  6. Done – All confirmed over 1-0. After the sulky stuff Wenger has spouted about being intersted in Real Madrid because he has a bit of criticism for the first time in his arsnal tenure…….. how about the all conquering Stevie Bould for Arsenal first team manager ??????

  7. @Bud May….yeah finally someone mentions it 😀 I would love to see him as Wenger`s successor cause he`s got brains, determination, and is a bit cold-hearted, just the type we need…don`t mention he`s a 110% Arsenal fan

  8. So Bud May, do the media do all your thinking for you then? You really swallow everything you read as the truth when we’ve seen them twist words, mis-translate and lie many times to suit their own agendas especially when it comes to our club. And while we’re at it, let’s promote an untested youth coach to a high profile, high pressure premier league environment on the back of a successful academy league season where there was no real pressure to get results. That is some really smart thinking there.

  9. I was being tongue in cheek, but Bouldy is showing the credentials, so if Wenger does go because he is sulking, I would certainly give it to him as caretaker and see how he gets on whilst we look for a replacement !

    I cannot believe Arsene, these comments should be attributed to a troubled teenager, not a 60 year old manager….. very dissapointed !

  10. Bud you must be this troubled teenager … disrespectful, immature, sulking even after a victory.

  11. so steve bould wins an u-18 trophy and all of a sudden u reckon we should get him in instead of Wenger….wow …I was thinking we should offer the role to Vic Akers instead…..wake up Bud May!! all that aside well done to the u-18 boys they really are proving that they are something special!

  12. tumtum, if you can read, which clearly you did not, so perhaps you should wake, I said it was tongue in cheek. What is is with some people…. a simple joke around a bit of praise for Bouldy on the back of the Wenger/Real press stuff this afternoon and you go all AKB on me….. pillock !

  13. Sky apparently quoted Telefoot’s “interview” with Wenger. I’m sure Wenger will come out and clarify things. We should not make judgments based on BBC’s gossip columns. Fans think it is true since this “news” is being reported exactly after Wenger felt hurt by the senseless, scathing attack of words by the fans against the team.

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