Arsenal U19s progress in South Africa despite losing to PSV + Akpom update

Arsenal U19s lost 1-0 to PSV Eindhoven in their final group stage fixture of the Durban U19 International Cup today, but, despite the defeat, Steve Gatting’s side still progressed to the Semi-Finals of the tournament after results elsewhere worked out in their favour.

The Gunners looked to be the architects of their own downfall, with PSV’s goal coming after Arsenal goalkeeper Hugo Keto turned the ball into his own net after he failed to control a back pass from Stefan O’Connor.

Arsenal named perhaps their strongest available side, with Gedion Zelalem, Chris Willock, Julio Pleguezuelo, O’Connor, Tyrell Robinson and Kaylen Hinds.

Zelalem impressed with one neat flick and has been Arsenal’s standout performer in the tournament so far.


Moore-O’Connor-Pleguezuelo-M. Bola


Eyoma-C. Willock-Robinson


Subs: Huddart, T. Bola, DaSilva, Osei-Tutu, Mourgos, Pileas, Donovan. 

Arsenal looked to be going out of the competition, but Celtic struck to late to defeat KZN Academy, meaning that the Gunners have progressed to the last four.

The Semi-Finals will take place on Wednesday, with the Gunners due to discover who their opponents will be tomorrow.

Meanwhile, in other news regarding Arsenal’s youngsters, striker Chuba Akpom is due to have a medical at Hull City tomorrow as he closes in on a season-long loan move to the Championship side.

Alex Iwobi capped off a memorable pre-season as he was an unused substitute for the first-team’s victory over Chelsea in the Community Shield at Wembley today. 





    1. I’m not sure why Mavididi didn’t travel. There aren’t any more U21 friendlies as far as I’m aware.

      On Sun, Aug 2, 2015 at 8:18 PM, Jeorge Bird's Arsenal Youth wrote:


  1. Arsenal have agreed 4 year deal for benfica u16 goalkeeper Joao Virginia. He looked to be on way to Manchester United after having a trial there, but has now agreed move to arsenal

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