Second tier awaits after strong Arsenal U18s are thrashed by Tottenham

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Image: Tottenham Hotspur

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.



  1. is so poor, it takes week before there’s any info from U18 games, it can’t be so difficult. I can’t believe that’s happening in year 2015. sucks big time. It’s slower than newspaper or weekly magazine, and those are history in a year 2015. Poor, very poor.

      1. Had to chuckle at that, accusing of being slow only to be 50 odd days slow in realising a mrwyear had broken. Lol!

        But agree, why can’t arsenal employ someone who is up to speed for their website. For example every kid signing a pro contract should be announced not just some of them. It is a massive occassional in every young lads life, not just some of them.

    1. Well, follow the twitter feed. It gives update on games. And the club probably doubts the need for any immediacy in announcing youth team results and frankly, I agree with them

      1. The twitter feed is almost as bad as the website, their ‘updates’ during Reserve & Youth games are not always accurate. If you check the twitter feed of some other clubs, you would see how poor AFC’s is.

    2. The website has been poor for absolutely years……… it has won awards in the past is beyond me. The stats page for the Academy lists players in alpha order, but by their christian name, not their surname!! There are no figures for the FA Youth Cup, but the page contains a column for the U21 Premier League Cup, a competition that AFC chose not to enter

  2. Jb How does the tiering system work? And who else will be in the 2nd tier? Is there a chance of gaining promotion to the top tier if we win the next phase?

    Some real inconsistent results this season for the youngsters. Though the u21 seem to have got it together.

    1. The U18 Premier League page of the Youthhawk site provides a detailed explanation of the tier system. There is no promotion within the 3 tiers.

  3. Very poor standard of player in the current under-18 set up.
    Obviously with a few exceptions!
    Need to start focusing on defensive minded, tough kids!
    To get smashed by our most “hated rivals” is shamefully embarrassing, at any level, but how many of our players even care?

  4. Strong Arsenal side humiliated, eh. And a lack of fight. You wouldn’t think these complacent kids were striving to make it in the game.

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