Strong U18s held by Norwich in final preparation for Youth Cup test

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U18 Premier League- Development Group 2

Norwich 0 Arsenal 0

Arsenal U18s warmed up for next week’s FA Youth Cup adventure with a goalless draw away to Norwich City in the first game of the new phase of the U18 league. Despite dominating for large periods and carving out several opportunities, Steve Gatting’s side couldn’t find the net against a resolute Canaries side.

Gatting named a strong squad which, along with striker Chuba Akpom, who was rested today, is likely to form the side that takes on Fulham in the Youth Cup Fourth Round at Underhill on Thursday.


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subs: Iwobi (for Lipman, 85). Not used: Vickers, Siemann, Kamara, Dawkins.

After a tame opening in which both sides struggled to create any clear-cut openings, Arsenal gradually assumed control of proceedings, with Anthony Jeffrey, on his return from injury, testing Will Britt with a fierce effort.

Austin Lipman was the next to try his luck, but lofted his effort over the crossbar. Norwich threatened the Arsenal goal intermittently, but the Gunners almost took the lead through Kristoffer Olsson just after the break.

Norwich then tested Deyan Iliev, with the Macedonian goalkeeper making a good save. Following that, Alfred Mugabo and Jeffrey both went close in quick succession, before Britt made another impressive stop, this time parrying Jack Jebb’s effort from the edge of the area.

Arsenal introduced Alex Iwobi in place of fellow England youth international Lipman late on,

The U16s also drew 0-0 with the same opponents, with midfielder Gedion Zelalem amongst those who featured.

With thanks to @AFCFixtureNews

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11 thoughts on “Strong U18s held by Norwich in final preparation for Youth Cup test

    Wrenny said:
    January 12, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    Thanks Jeorge, I’d be interested to know how you think Iliev is doing.

      Jeorge Bird responded:
      January 12, 2013 at 5:47 pm

      He’s only let in one goal in the three games he’s played so far, so he’s done quite well. he’s a good shot-stopper, although, like Szczesny, his distribution does need some work.

    True gunner said:
    January 12, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Anything on the Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata coming to Arsenal, A target stricker is needed.

      theeeo said:
      January 12, 2013 at 10:15 pm

      giroud’s a target stiker

    Gerry Lennon said:
    January 12, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    After the big build up, how did Zelalem do in the Under 16’s? Or is that for your next post?
    Presumably he will be in the Youth Cup squad?

    Yanbi Manga Diarra said:
    January 12, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    What the hell is Jon Toral doing with u18.

    He needs to join up with the 1st team asap.

      vida said:
      January 13, 2013 at 7:07 am

      have you ever watched him

      dann said:
      January 13, 2013 at 9:56 pm

      The U18s are fine where they are for now. With the problems in the first team drafting in inexperienced players is not the solution.

    The Gooner said:
    January 14, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Can no one spell the word ‘striker’ ???

      LSOE said:
      January 14, 2013 at 11:20 am

      I’m sure many can. Why do you ask?

        The Gooner said:
        January 14, 2013 at 11:25 am

        Because 2 people on this thread spelt it incorret.

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