Bielik debuts as Arsenal U18s lose yet again

U18 Premier League

Arsenal 1 (Da Silva) Norwich City 3 

Krystian Bielik made his Arsenal debut, but the inclusion of the Polish youngster wasn’t enough to prevent Arsenal U18s from slipping to yet another defeat as they were beaten 3-1 by Norwich City at London Colney this morning.

Bielik, a high-profile arrival from Legia Warsaw last month, has had to be patient whilst FIFA ratified his transfer, but he was included from the offset against Norwich along with several members of Arsenal’s FA Youth Cup side.

Ryan Huddart, Renny Smith, Aaron Eyoma, Chris Willock and Tyrell Robinson, who all started in the defeat to Crewe Alexandra last Monday, were involved today but Arsenal still found themselves two goals down at the interval.

A well-taken goal from schoolboy Josh Da Silva, his second of the season at this level, gave Arsenal hope of staging a comeback, but they failed to find the net again and their misery was compounded when Norwich, the only side in this section to have endured a worse campaign than the Gunners, scored another goal late on.

Arsenal’s final game of this section comes away to Leicester City on Wednesday.

via AFCFixtureNews


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Da Silva



  1. Jeorge, how did Bielik play ?

    Out of these players, I have high hopes for only 3 of them – Willock, Bielik and Da Silva.

  2. Have to say JB ur enthusiasm amazes me, I am involved in coaching and scouting and at the moment The arsenal academy seems more disjointed than ever. I thought the appointment of jonker might see a rapid change, but if anything it seems to be even more in disarray than ever. There appears to be no elevation level, many of the players are playing u21 one week u18 the next and in between have played in both the cups. There doesn’t seem to be any stigma attached anymore with progressing from u18 to u21. Probably because we are playing 2nd tier at u21, but my own opinion is that now all these levels should be combined. I see no value in all the different ages above u16, there should be just one. Then players over 21 not involved with the first team should just go on loan. Obviously the ideal scenario would be for premier league teams to field a b team in the football league pyramid, but that is just too revolutionary. Back back to my main point, it is really encouraging that you are staying positive about the arsenal academy, when it is so clearly under achieving. Well done JB.

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