U18 Premier League- GAME 1
Brighton & Hove Albion 0 Arsenal 4 (Willock (10), Robinson (58), Hinds (62), Mavididi (89))
Arsenal U18s began life under new coach Frans de Kat with a comprehensive 4-0 victory away to Brighton & Hove Albion in their opening league fixture on Saturday.
A side predominantly composed of first-year scholars was in impressive form, with Chris Willock, who featured for the first-team and the U21s during pre-season, opening his account at this level with ten minutes gone.
Second-half strikes from Tyrell Robinson and Kaylen Hinds put the result beyond doubt before Stephy Mavididi provided another reminder of his prowess in front of goal when he scored with just a minute remaining.
There was some relative experience in the side, with Ryan Huddart, Stefan O’Connor, Elliot Wright and Renny Smith all starting, but De Kat was without the new foreign signings- Hugo Keto, Kristopher Da Graca, Savvas Mourgos and Elias Chatzitheodoridis- who are awaiting international clearance.
Midfielder Ben Sheaf, who joined from West Ham United in the summer, made his debut as a substitute, whilst schoolboy goalkeeper George Phillips made the bench at just 14 years of age.
The U18s will face a considerably more challenging test when they host Chelsea next Saturday.
subs: Da Silva (for Robinson, 62), Donovan (for Dobson, 66), Sheaf (for Smith, 66). Not used: Phillips.