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


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.

Iliev

Bellerin-Fagan-Hayden-Ormonde Ottewill

Mugabo-Olsson

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Lipman

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 comments

    1. 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.

  1. 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?
    Cheers

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

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