Striker Edward Nketiah continued his impressive form by scoring a brace as Arsenal U18s drew 2-2 away to their West Ham United counterparts this morning.
The first year scholar has now struck nine goals at U18 level this season and will be hopeful of receiving opportunities to impress for the older age groups as the campaign progresses.
Coach Frans De Kat left all of the players who featured in Tuesday’s UEFA Youth League defeat to Dinamo Zagreb out of his starting line-up for this fixture, with first-year scholar Joe Willock receiving his maiden start of the campaign.
Chatzitheodoridis-Da Graca-T. Bola-Pileas
West Ham established a two-goal lead early on courtesy of a brace from Jahmal Hector-Ingram, but Nketiah halved the deficit in the first-half before making it 2-2 just after the break after Willock’s initial effort was parried.
There was a significant moment in the second period as Arsenal introduced schoolboy winger Nathan Tormey for his debut at this level in place of Willock.
West Ham were the more dangerous side in the closing stages as they had a penalty claim turned down and Arsenal had goalkeeper Ryan Huddart to thank for making a superb save in stoppage time to keep out Grady Diangana’s header.
Arsenal’s next assignment at this level sees them take on West Bromwich Albion at home in the FA Youth Cup on Friday.