U18 Premier League- Game 3
Arsenal 2 (Mavididi 17, Robinson 84) Aston Villa 3
SUBS: SHEAF (FOR PLEGUEZUELO, 46), T. BOLA (FOR M. BOLA, 67). NOT USED: HOUSE, TABI.
Arsenal U18s suffered their first defeat under new manager Frans De Kat as they lost 3-2 to Aston Villa at London Colney this afternoon.
De Kat was deprived of the services of Chris Willock and Kaylen Hinds, who featured for England U17s in midweek, and watched his side fall behind to early goals from Andre Green and Rushian Hepburn Murphy.
Stephy Mavididi pulled a goal back before the break, but Hepburn Murphy struck again in the second-half to secure the win for Villa. Robinson scored with the aid of a deflection late on, but Arsenal were ultimately left disappointed.
Julio Pleguezuelo was deployed in midfield as he played 45 minutes on his return from injury, whilst Ainsley Maitland-Niles also featured having been amongst the substitutes for the U21s on Thursday. Robinson and Harry Donovan made the starting line-up, with schoolboy goalkeeper Brad House being named on the bench after earning his first call-up at this level.