Arsenal’s Willock stars at U17 European Championships


The FA

The FA

Arsenal may not have won any silverware at youth level this season, but there remains a strong possibility that some of the club’s youngsters could end the season with a trophy, after an England side containing Chris Willock and Stephy Mavididi progressed to the Quarter-Finals of the U17 European Championships.

Both players started England’s first two group stage matches, with Willock being named man of the match following a virtuoso display in the 1-1 draw with the Netherlands. The Arsenal duo started today’s final group stage game against the Republic of Ireland on the bench, but were introduced in the second-half.

Willock again had a profound impact on proceedings, with the youngster setting up the only goal of the game, a stunning strike from Tottenham Hotspur talent Marcus Edwards.

There was another Arsenal player on show in Bulgaria, with schoolboy Marcus Tabi completing another full game for Ireland. His nation may have crashed out of the tournament prematurely having taken just one point from their three fixtures so far, but Tabi, who has already established himself as a key member of Arsenal’s U18 squad, will surely have gained some valuable experience from the competition to take into his first year as a full-time scholar.

For Willock and Mavididi the trophy is in sight as England look to win this tournament for the second year in succession. Last season Tafari Moore was involved as the Three Lions reigned supreme, but this time England will first have to navigate their way past Russia in the Quarter-Finals this weekend. Willock and Mavididi will be hoping to be restored to the starting line-up for that fixture.

6 comments

  1. Strange decision to leave Willock out of the starting line-up today. He was very effective when he came on. Ugbo, who replaced Mavididi, also looked far less of a threat than our man so we will surely see both of our kids start against Russia.
    Shame that Edwards looked very good…🙂

  2. I think this clearly shows that inspite of poor results, the cream of the crop always rises to the top, the better players usually gain international recognition. I have always maintained that it’s the development of players not the team performance that counts at youth level.

    The results and winning trophies is nice, but when a top player looks back on his career, how many u18 league wins will he mention in his roll of honours? How many times will he say, I did win the fa youth cup when I was 17.

    Ask a pro what was more important, finishing in the top 3 of the u21 league or carving out a 300 match career in div 2 after being released by arsenal. You all know the answer.

    Sure it would be nice to see 11 hale end products make the first team, it would also be nice to wake up next to Kelly Brook every morning, but in reality you get what you deserve……………. so come on Susan Boyle give us a cuddle!!

    1. I read somewhere it was through one of his grandparents, but I’m not completely sure.

      On Thu, May 14, 2015 at 8:37 PM, Jeorge Bird's Arsenal Youth wrote:

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