Brown opens account but young U18s suffer heavy defeat to West Brom

U18 Premier League 

West Bromwich Albion 6 Arsenal 2 (Brown, Maitland-Niles)

Perhaps it was to be expected given the very young nature of the side, but Arsenal U18s coach Steve Gatting will still have been disappointed to have seen his team concede six goals at the hands of their West Bromwich Albion counterparts in the Midlands today.

Arsenal did find the net twice, with Jordan Brown, who received a start up front, and Ainsley Maitland-Niles scoring their first goals at this level, but poor defending from an unfamiliar side continued the Gunners’ extremely poor run of form in the opening half of this season.

The bare facts are these. Arsenal are without a win at this level since September, have lost their last three games and have conceded 27 goals in their 12 matches so far this season.

With the majority of the regular side being rested ahead of Tuesday’s FA Youth Cup tie with Newcastle United, Gatting saw fit to hand starts to several members of the U16 squad with which he is so familiar. Ryan Huddart, Tafari Moore, Elliott Wright, Chris Regis, Denzeil Boadu and Maitland-Niles all made their full debuts, with four further untried schoolboys on the bench.












subs: Barnes, Longalonga, Barnes-Hewitt, Regan Charles-Cook.



  1. It’s easy to be critical but you have to take into account the defence constituted primarily u16s and they would tend to be physically less developed as compared to their counterparts whilst Uade has been terrible lately. Hope it’s a blip on his account though. Midfield and attack seemed to adapt well though. Don’t forget the u16s are acing their league. According to Jordan brown they would have won their ligue already if there was a table. They’ve also scored over 10 goals twice on occasion (16 being the most!)

    1. Just to make it clear, I was talking more about the U18 team in general, rather than the side that played today. Some of the schoolboys are quite promising, though, it has to be said. I know results aren’t of the most significance at this level, but some of the performances so far this season have been quite worrying, too.

      1. Wasn’t referring to you Jeorge. Just a generalised comment. Just wondering what position reices bro regan plays?

  2. Strange how we seem to have been incredibly dominant at U16 level for a number of years but don’t seem to carry that dominance into the U18s (other than the 08/09 side that included Wilshere). Is it because the opposition make big strides forward in their physical and/or tactical ability as they move into U18 level and our skill/technical advantage can no longer win games with the same ease? Not that I’m complaining about our methods you understand, I’m glad we don’t relegate technical development in order to grind out results, but it is odd to go from destroying sides at U16s to then having some pretty poor runs of results at U18 level.

  3. They probably played a more experience side. Some in westbrom are probably 3 years older in U18 level. Many from U16 just got a taste of it. Hopefully they will become better after being played in a better division. Me personally think its better this way to develop players when they have to show character and is being played against better sides.

    Maybe our players needs to be told we have to win with a very very convincing way to make sure they will play better in U18. I don’t believe in the physical aspect of this. Goals is not everything. U18 teams only pick the very best for the most part. Because we are winning with ease in U16 they might think they can do the same thing and play like they do in U16 to dominate in U18. But thats not the case. Everything has to be quicker and less misstakes has to be done. I think this is a great way to develop, when things is going too easy pick then for u18 and let them know that they can’t just relax and think it will be easy.

  4. According to the charlton forum frimpong averaged about a 7.5 on his performance. He was supposed to have had a steady if unspectacular game but was great at tracking back and in the tackle whilst his technical quality shone through. In the words of one he was “streets ahead of others in terms of quality” and charltons defensive frailties were exposed once he came off as was their urgency. Sounds good but he apparently came off with a cramp on the 66th minute. Hope it’s nothing serious.

    1. Frimpong will never be good enough to make it with us. He’ll end up on the scrap heap with the likes of Watt & Emmanuel-Thomas

  5. some scrap heap 1mill plus bonuses and all the fanny and fun you would dream of.
    sorry what do you do for a living or you some sad dick wad living in your step mums sofa.

  6. Football: MK Dons youngsters to face Arsenal DAN PALMER

    Giorgio Rasulo and the Dons U16 side will face Arsenal
    MK Dons U16s will face Arsenal in the newly-named Gwen and Jim Mann Challenge Cup at stadiummk on December 5.
    The Gunners are the latest big name club to visit the city to take on up and coming MK players, following visits from the likes of Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City,
    Among the players likely to feature are Giorgio Rasulo, who was called up to the England U16 squad following his professional debut in last week’s FA Cup replay with Cambridge City.
    The match has been re-branded the Gwen and Jim Mann Challenge Cup in recognition of the sponsorship provided by the two long-term supporters of the club.
    Kick-off is 7pm.

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