It has been a frustrating season at times for Tyrell Robinson. Whilst many of his fellow 2014 scholars have pushed into the U21 set-up, he has had to be content with being part of the U18 squad with the occasional call up to older age groups thrown in.
Last season was an impressive one for the Hale End product as he broke into the second-string side and also trained with the first-team but, largely owing to the development of others, the 18-year-old has had to be patient for opportunities this campaign.
Robinson, perhaps understandably so, has become a little disheartened with his situation, and was unhappy at regularly being asked to play at left-back last campaign.
Having been left out of the squad for the past couple of games, Robinson returned to the fray on Sautrday as the U18s travelled to face Norwich City.
The youngster, who is renowned for his searing pace, played a prominent part as Arsenal prevailed with a 3-2 victory in a difficult away game.
Edward Nketiah continued his good goalscoring form by putting Arsenal ahead, but Norwich responded and capitalised upon some weak defending to put themselves 2-1 ahead.
Robinson was determined to change matters, however, and he burst down the right flank before finding Savvas Mourgos, who, in turn, set up substitute Vlad Dragomir to make it 2-2.
There was more to come, with Robinson teeing up Yassin Fortune, who cut in from the left flank and finished superbly to score what proved to be the winner.
Robinson then could have got on the scoresheet himself to provide what would have been the perfect ending to an impressive overall display, but he shot over when well placed.
Almost everything else he did against Norwich was excellent, though, and the youngster will no doubt take much confidence from that performance. Having responded to his situation in the right way, Robinson’s only hope will be that he will now be rewarded with more call-ups for the older age groups.
Arsenal U18s: Huddart; Eyoma, Da Graca, T. Bola, Pileas; Agyei-Tabi, Mourgos; Robinson, Malen, Fortune; Nketiah. Subs: Phillips, Chatzitheodoridis, Dragomir, J. Willock, DaSilva.