Arsenal U16s were knocked out of the Ferroli Cup after losing 3-2 to Real Madrid in the Semi-Finals this evening. Kaylen Hinds, who has already made an impact for Arsenal at U18 level, was amongst the scorers, but Madrid prevailed and will face AC Milan in the Final.
The young Gunners negotiated their way through the group stage after drawing with Padova and Juventus before beating Atalanta 4-1 courtesy of a brace from Stephy Mavididi and strikes from Hinds and Joe Willock.
Arsenal will now play Inter Milan in the 3rd place play-off. They included three trialists in their squad for the tournament in goalkeeper Kelland Absalom, left-back Kostas Pileas and midfielder Mourgos Savas.
Absalom, who is out of contract at Cardiff City, is a Wales U16 international, whilst Pileas has been capped by Cyprus at the same age group. Savas is based in Greece, with the club set to make a decision on whether to sign the trio in the coming weeks.
Chris Willock, whose future at the club is still a subject of some debate, travelled with the squad to Italy but was not fit to participate in any of the games. He should, however, be able to figure against West Ham United in the U16 friendly at Emirates Stadium next week.
Arsenal Ferroli Cup squad: Absalom, Centeno, Tella, Donovan, T. Bola, Parker, Musendo, Mourgos, Mavididi, Hinds, Da Silva, Gilmour, Phillips, Tabi, O. Moore, Pileas, J. Willock, C. Willock.