Arsenal U18s lose to Everton despite Iwobi strike

U18 Premier League- Game 18

Everton 2 Arsenal 1 (Iwobi)

Arsenal U18’s wretched form continued with a disappointing 2-1 defeat at the hands of Everton earlier today.

The hosts established a two goal lead courtesy of a Tyrone Duffus header and George Green’s header, and, although Alex Iwobi pulled a goal back for Arsenal, Carl Laraman’s side suffered their tenth defeat of the season.

Laraman made four changes from the side that salvaged a point against Reading last time out, with Ryan Huddart, Stefan O’Connor, Renny Smith and Ainsley Maitland-Niles all starting, but, despite the fact that the Arsenal side contained five second-years, they lost out to a spirited Everton side in treacherous weather conditions.

One positive, however, was that England U16 international Chris Willock gained further experience at this level after emerging off the bench as a second-half substitute.

Arsenal: Huddart; Moore, O’Connor, Siemann, Wright; Kamara, Smith; Maitland-Niles, Jebb, Dawkins; Iwobi.





  1. If Laraman put out a Wenger 1st team 11, they’d probably still lose whoever they’d play.
    As the U18’s coach he’s either extremely unlucky to continually lose all season, or in terms of coaching experience and playing strategy – he’s simply not up to the task (it really is a no brainer, the stats speak for themselves).

    What really concerns me is the impact of this season on the next crop of Arsenal U18’s who’ve been offered scholarships and who might not have fully made up their minds about signing next season, if they’re perhaps courting interest from other potential clubs. You wouldn’t blame talented players like Chris Willock seriously thinking about whether to sign if they have the prospect of having to work with Laraman week in week out.

    Mr. Jonkers, as Liam starts his retirement, please sort out this crap and ship Laraman back to the Kent Sunday men’s veterans leagues where he belongs.

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