Arsenal U18s without a win in eight games after Fulham defeat


U18 Premier League

Arsenal 0 Fulham 3

Picture: Arsenal Mania

Picture: Arsenal Mania

Arsenal U18s are now without a win in eight games after they were beaten 3-0 by Fulham at London Colney this morning.

Frans De Kat’s side haven’t experienced victory since they won the reverse fixture between these two sides in late September. They started off well here, but second-half goals from Luca de la Torre, Jerome Opoku and Stephen Humphrys ensured that all three points went to the visitors.

Fresh from the UEFA Youth League success over Galatasaray, George Dobson, Renny Smith, Chris Willock and Stephy Mavididi all returned to the side, but they were unable to inspire Arsenal to victory. One positive to take was the return of Kaylen Hinds, who was named amongst the substitutes after recovering from injury.

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subs: Huddart, Parker, Tabi, Sheaf, Hinds.

Arsenal sit in eighth place in the South Group, but they will be looking to put their league form to one side when they take on Reading in the FA Youth Cup on Friday.

De Kat is likely to name his strongest possible team for that fixture, although Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Gedion Zelalem may not be involved if they have to be named on the bench for the first-team.

2 comments

  1. where are all the calls for De Kat to be replaced, for the last couple of season’s any defeat for the U18’s was met with lots of posters on here calling for Gatting to be replaced, and in fact when the U18’s started the season well we had these people tell us it was proof that they were right about Gatting not being good enough of a manager.

    1. At this stage, players’ development is more important than result. What they learn from each test (match) is very important. It is good to win matches to boost moral and build a winning mentality in players..but you can’t always have that.

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