Hinds’ goal sees Arsenal U17s reach Al Kass Semi-Finals

Kaylen Hinds’ goal saw Arsenal U17s progress to the Semi-Finals of the Al Kass International Cup with a 1-0 victory over River Plate today.

Arsenal made just one side from the team that dispatched of Aspire, with Kristopher Da Graca replacing Rugare Musendo at centre-back.


Centeno-Da Graca-Pileas-T. Bola


Tabi-Hinds-C. Willock


This was undoubtedly Arsenal’s toughest test in the tournament so far in more ways than one. The young Gunners were the victims of some rough challenges from the Argentinean side but still came close to scoring through Marcus Tabi and Stephy Mavididi.

Arsenal eventually made the breakthrough in the second period, with Hinds heading home from schoolboy Reiss Nelson’s corner.

River Plate threatened to draw level, but Hugo Keto made an impressive save late on to ensure Arsenal’s progression to the last four, where they’ll face either Aspire or Paris Saint-Germain on Friday.

A brawl broke out between both sets of players in the end, but the important thing is that Arsenal are still very much alive in this competition.



  1. Jeorge, how has Pileas performed? He has played all the three matches so far. Between him and Da Graca, who do you rate higher?

    1. I hadn’t seen pileas play before this tournament but in the games he’s played he’s done very well. I’m not entirely convinced by Da Graca yet.

      On Tue, Feb 10, 2015 at 4:51 PM, Jeorge Bird's Arsenal Youth wrote:


  2. Jeorge, how would you compare Mavididi to Akpom and Afobe ? Lesser talent ? Does he have good technical ability like Akpom or he benefits from his size at youth level ?

    1. If so it sounds very unjust. There’s no mention of it on the official site, which says simply:

      ‘On the final whistle the Argentineans sparked disgraceful scenes as, for the first time all day, they well and truly went on the attack, punching and kicking the victorious Arsenal side who remained admirably restrained. After a performance of great discipline, the Gunners emerged from this tough test with their reputation enhanced. The same could not be said of River Plate.’

      1. odd, that sounds exactly like River Plate’s reputation… remember when they kicked Wilshere off the pitch during their Emirates Cup match?

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