A strong Arsenal U18 side suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat away to Tottenham Hotspur today, with the result ending the young Gunners’ hopes of securing a place in the top division for the final stage of the season.
Instead, Frans De Kat’s side will have to make do with a place in the second tier, where their opponents will consist of Aston Villa, Leicester City and Tottenham again.
Arsenal started brightly, with Donyell Malen, Ben Sheaf and Kaylen Hinds all having chances to score, but Tottenham eventually took the lead through Samuel Shashoua in the 53rd minute.
Malen then shot over as Arsenal attempted to respond, but Marcus Edwards got the better of Ryan Huddart with a free-kick before doubling his tally shortly afterwards.
Edward Nketiah came close to reducing the deficit, but the game belonged to Tottenham, who added further gloss to the scoreline in the closing stages when Ryan Loft made it 4-0.
This loss follows on from last week’s defeat to Chelsea, after which De Kat questioned the attitude of some of his players. Arsenal have still fared rather better than last season, when they finished bottom of the third tier, but they will have to improve quickly if they are to conclude the campaign strongly.