U18 Premier League
Reading 5 Arsenal 3 (Lipman 2, Dawkins)
Arsenal U18s continued their wretched run of form with a 5-3 defeat to Reading at the latter’s Hogwood Park training complex yesterday morning.
Austin Lipman scored twice for Steve Gatting’s side, with both goals resulting from penalties. The England youth international dispatched his first spot-kick with aplomb before later turning in the rebound after seeing his second penalty saved by the Reading goalkeeper.
Tarum Dawkins also found the net with his second goal of the season, but Arsenal still suffered a heavy defeat and are in danger of finishing bottom of their section. They play Blackburn Rovers next week in their final fixture of this phase.
Gatting made eight changes from the side that were thrashed by West Bromwich Albion last time out, with schoolboy Aaron Barnes making his debut at right-back.
subs: Niles, Wright, Boadu. Not used: Huddart, Regis.
Arsenal U21s, meanwhile, travel to the Madejski Stadium to face the Royals as they conclude their opening set of fixtures. In stark contrast to the U18s, Terry Burton’s outfit have already secured progression to the Elite Phase, but will still be seeking victory today having lost to West Brom in their previous fixture.
Thomas Eisfeld could return on the right flank, but his compatriot Serge Gnabry faces a fitness test. Kyle Ebecilio and Jordan Wynter miss out.
subs: Charles-Cook, Monteiro, Jeffrey, Ansah, Neita.