Nketiah hits brace and Tormey debuts as Arsenal U18s draw with West Ham


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.


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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.

Info via ArsenalFixtureNews and Tommy Wathen




  1. I thought Neketiah was outstanding. Despite being slightly small in stature (he’s only 16) for the lone striker role. He is nevertheless very strong, holds the ball up well, lays it off nicely, and is pacey. Oh and he certainly has an eye for goal too! Did Chelsea let him go, or did he decide the move to Arsenal was better for himself?

  2. Nathan Tella and Nathan Tormey aren’t the same person although an easy mistake as their initials are the same and bother play on the wing. Nathan Tormey is an u16 working towards earning a scholarship and Nathan Tella is a 1st year scholar. Hope this helps

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