Youth round-up: Arsenal U18s stage impressive comeback; Crowley and Dragomir impress

Arsenal U18s returned to winning ways yesterday as they staged an impressive comeback to beat their Brighton & Hove Albion counterparts 4-2 away from home.

Frans De Kat’s side, who have made a mixed start to the new season, found themselves two goals down after 61 minutes against Brighton, but reduced the deficit through the in-form Edward Nketiah before substitute Yassin Fortune scored a timely first competitive goal for the club to make it 2-2.

The young Gunners, with Thierry Henry once again present in a coaching capacity, weren’t finished there as Nketiah finished from close range to make it 3-2, with Savvas Mourgos subsequently adding further gloss to the scoreline with a well-dispatched penalty.

Arsenal were able to call upon the relative experience of Ryan Huddart in goal, whilst U15 shot-stopper Daniel Barden was amongst the substitutes in the absence of Hugo Keto. Kostas Pileas, meanwhile, was named on the bench for the first time this season after receiving international clearance from FIFA.

Huddart; Osei-Tutu, Da Graca, T. Bola, Chatzitheodoridis; Agyei-Tabi, Mourgos; Eyoma, Da Silva, Nelson; Nketiah. Subs: Barden, Fortune, Gilmour, Tella, Pileas.

(via AFCFixtureNews)

Meanwhile, on a positive day for Arsenal’s youngsters, Dan Crowley was impressive as Barnsley lost to Shrewsbury Town, whilst fellow midfielder Vlad Dragomir claimed two assists in the Final as Romania U17s won the Syrenka Cup after prevailing past Poland.



  1. I think you can see the AFC problem in youth teams right through to Premier sides….just look at the names of our U18 team and subs. How many Brits. Go and look at the northern teams who produce the Stones, Barkleys and Cahills et etc. Arsenal produce no UK defenders of note despite a so called highly financed scouting system . The management of AFC should be ashamed of our record of non production of British youth.

    1. We bring in top talent from around the world. Its much harder to make it compared to southamton and fulham. At Arsenal its about developing world class talent and world class players for the first team. Its not so much about nationality… more like being able to bring in a really cheap player and make him a 20-100 million worth of a player. Take a look at our team and tell me other top class teams that manage to play and end up at least 4th in the league every year.

  2. 8 out of the 11 starters were born in England, maybe when some say we don’t have have enough English they mean WASP players, laughable.

  3. Where was George Philips jeorge? Supposed to be pretty highly rated isn’t he. Got quite a fair few goalkeeping prospects though not quite sure why we bought in Virginia though I guess you could use the same argument for malen and strikers.

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