Olsson helps under-18s dispatch of Ipswich

Arsenal under-18s returned to winning ways with a 3-1 victory over Ipswich at the training ground today. Kris Olsson was particularly to the fore, scoring one and creating another for Philip Roberts, whilst substitute Josh Rees also got on the scoresheet. Arsenal also missed a penalty late on.






subs: Rees (For Fagan, 54), Glasgow, Campbell, Charles-Cook.

Arsenal took the lead with virtually the first attack of the game, Olsson drifting inside to fire home with aplomb after just three minutes.

Nigel Neita was the next to try his luck after being played through by Roberts, but dragged his shot wide, before Olsson tested the Ipswich goalkeeper again with a shot from distance.

Sean McDermott remained relatively untroubled in the Arsenal goal, with most of Ipswich’s few chances missing the target. At the other end, Roberts had a fierce shot saved and a penalty appeal turned down, and the Gunners went on to create the first opportunity of the second period, Hector Bellerin having a tame shot saved.

Ipswich, though, suddenly sparked into life and, after seeing a header go just wide, the visitors equalised when Bennett struck a low shot past McDermott from outside the area.

Shortly afterwards, McDermott had to be alert to prevent Arsenal from falling behind by saving Marriott’s effort. Arsenal would restore their lead almost instantly though, and Olsson was involved again, with the Swede’s corner being turned home by Roberts.

Neita wasted another chance before  Rees, on for Zach Fagan, continued his good goalscoring form of late with a well struck effort to make it 3-1.

There would be more drama late on as Roberts spurned an acrobatic effort before being brought down for a last-minute penalty. Neita stepped up to take it but, in the manner of a player who has scored just four goals in 48 appearances at this level, he missed.

Arsenal face Crystal Palace next week and are still in with a chance of Premier Academy League success.



  1. nice to see a fellow swede in the arsenal shirt again 🙂 do you think olsson could have a future at the club? way to early to tell i guess..how would you describe him as a player?

    1. very technical, intelligent, quite thin but he will grow out of it. good vision and great coordination which is a good sign of a great technical player. I can see the similarity with Ebecillio who I also think had all those things when he first came to the club.

      If he play consistent enough he will soon end up in the reserves in no time.And if he keeps develop he will for sure have a future with the first team. Needs to stay away from injury though. We have quite a lot u19 players at the club which I think gonna be huge for us in the future. Many are looking to cut it in the reserves and shows great sign of a great player in the makings all the way from goalkeeper to striker position.

  2. Olsson has been prettly impressive recently…we have two great midfield talents in Olsson and Gnarby…and an outstanding striking prospect in Akpom, anyone know how he played?

  3. They’re next years agegroup alex, i think others were Julian Banton, Remell Lake, Joel Laugenie and Tariq Moore-Azille, i think they just begin to found new clubs.

  4. Impressed with the back line of Fagan and Hayden recently. Especially in the u16s of whom a vast number of homegrowns have been offered scholarships as compared to recent years, the potential at the club is very impressive. In light of the planned protests for tmrw though it’s a shame our fans our so divided. I support wenger but underrsand where other fans are coming from but it doesn’t merit a protest which will only inhibit the team. Going to the match tmrw but hope I don’t regret it!

  5. This is all I’m going to say regarding first team matters…the only thing I have against Wenger is his continued use of players who simply cannot, or should not play for a club as big as ours. Players who put forth as much effort as Arshavin does shouldn’t get anywhere near the 1st team. He not only is in the first team but continues to recieve backing from Wenger, when he it is clear to everyone that he is not good enough anymore. As for his signings, or lack there of, I have no problem with them!!! In fact I love it that we signed Eisfeld…it sounds like he could turn out to be a really shrewd piece of business!!! I hope that even if Robin Van Persie leaves, we can continue to attract great young talent and find the next RVP!!! Even if we can’t attract the best talent for our first team, if we are patient enough, we will be able to produce top young players who can make it at the highest level. I mean even if Wilshere wants to leave, or god forbid, has to retire, how many young players do we have who could make a similar impact to the one that he made and become world class??? Now I’m not saying we have someone exactly like him in our youth system…it doesn’t sound like we do, but with a change of formation or emphasis, another young player could come through and make just as big a contribution. I will be truly worried when or if we cannot attract or find good young talent to replace the more established players. Replacement, true replacement and integration usually takes time, I know, but it can be done!!! All you need is a little patience!!!:D

  6. Jorge, do you know who Steve Rowley (i think – or one of the coaches) was referring to a year or so ago when he said we have a 14 year-old genius in our ranks? Should have been hearing a few things about him now. The schoolboys that have stepped up all look good prospects but none seemingly ‘genius’ material.

    1. Tariq Moore-Azille born March 96, don’t get the scholarship, Anderson, Fejiri and Young have to wait till next year, they’re 96-97 agegroup

  7. Our attacking force next year will be amazing, with Jon toral and jack jebb in midfield, serge and ay jay on the flanks and olsson just behind akpom, them 2 have great link up play

      1. Szcezney
        jenkinson bartley miquel gibbs
        Frimpong coquelin
        chamberlain afobe ryo

        subs martinez angha yennaris ramsey ozyakup wellington campbell

        i know the majority are down on us at the

        i would just love to see this team in a few years time

  8. Djourou

    This a list of players that will be classed as homegrown for next season. Assuming we continue to fulfill our contingent of 17 non homegrown, who do you think will be on their way or loaned out ?

    with regards to the non homegrown as well as the 17 recently named we will have almunia botelho and vela looking for a place or a new club.

    i make that at least 8 departures (loan or permanent) in the summer, without any new signings coming in. Could be set for another big clearout. I think Bendtner, Denilson, Hoyte, Murphy are dead certs to leave with questions marks over Djourou, Mannone, Lansbury and Eastmond. As for the non homegrown contingent i think the Vela and Almunia will definitely go and i also think we will release Botelho. Then from the current 17 there is obviously Henry, Benayoun as well as Squillaci and more than likely Arshavin, Rosicky, Chamakh, Park and Diaby. I just hope RVP is not on the list.

      1. The twins now play for their local sunday league club in Essex.I heard. Tarum didn’t sign with Arsenal. Don’t know where he is now.

      2. Cheers Wrenny for the info. I’ll be at the U16’s training at Hale End tomorrow evening and I’ll find out if it’s true.

  9. A few comments based on what I’ve seen in the highlights…

    1) SB opted to play with 4 forwards at the same time (Akpom, Jeffrey, Neita and Roberts), while Olsson seems to have been moved deeper, closer to the defensive line

    2) Not the best of all team performances, but once Toral comes back from injury, and Gnabry is included for key games, the fluency of the team will surely come back

    3) Kris Olsson seems to be pulling the strings on the midfield once again. His goal might not seem to be a screamer, but it was a very difficult shot, a toe-poke between 3 defenders, straight into the low corner. Nice curve on his assist to Roberts as well, needless to say. Moreover, this guy’s passing game is second to none in the Academy. Gotta say, I would be surprised if he does not feature for the Reserves at some point this year.

    4) The third one was a peach of a goal by Rees…Nice little turn, followed by a sublime finish

    5) Neita seemed to be a bit lost. Missed some good opportunities, not to mention the penalty

  10. Looks like Issac Hayden is permanent U18s captain now which is a very good look. Fagan is getting a look in on the reserves and Jeffery is likely to soon follow. The first years have a had a really productive start to academy life 😀

  11. Neita seems like a nice, hard working guy but it’s his second season in the U18s (he’s one of the oldest in the current side) and he’s usually very quiet. You barely see him touch the ball in most U18 highlight packages; creates little and doesn’t get on the end of chances either. Can’t see him breaking into the Reserves any time soon so I expect him to move on.

    1. Its too early to say that remember he just signed a professional deal, young players, particularly strikers go through these times and every coach will tell you that. Just because he hasn’t performed doesn’t mean we’re going to cut him at the end of the season, remember this is an academy to help develop players if things we’re that cut throat then we would not ever have any players coming through. Come on mate get real or dont comment on this forum.

      1. we cut players all the time no matter how old they are. young players needs to show consistency and quality to stay in our academy. Neita is lacking quality upfront if you ask me. I think he got a decent link up play but its his finishing quality I can’t see him make it for us. When he was a scholar he showed great promise and always looked dangerous with great link up play. That has now gone. If he can’t keep up the development he wont survive for long.

        another player I think has no chance to make it or even in the championship is phil roberts who constantly dropping the ball all over the pitch and making bad decision all the time.

        I am sure Akpom and lipman will fill in nicely instead.

      2. Neita is now 18 years old, and has yet to make a single appearance for the Reserves, not even off the bench. In 32 games for the U18s, 27 of them starts, Neita has scored one goal.

        If Neita isn’t deemed good enough by the coaches for Reserve football by now, (and his stats suggest he barely deserves to play in our U18 side) what are the chances he will become good enough for the Reserves by the start of next season, by which time he will no longer be eligible to play in the U18s? If he can’t play in the U18s and he can’t play in our Reserves, what on earth is he going to stay here for? Follow your own advice Dann and get real. Neita hasn’t progressed to the standard required. He has been overtaken by a number of younger and better players. For his own sake he has to go elsewhere.

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