Report- Arsenal U21s thrash Fulham to boost promotion hopes


Arsenal U21s returned to winning ways and took a step towards securing promotion as they trounced their Fulham counterparts with a 3-0 away victory this evening.

The young Gunners were without Alex Iwobi and Jeff Reine-Adelaide, who featured for the first-team yesterday, but they were still too strong for Fulham and prevailed courtesy of goals from Kaylen Hinds, Marc Bola and Stephy Mavididi. 

Arsenal were also unable to call upon defenders Stefan O’Connor and Tafari Moore, but Chris Willock, who was on the bench for the first team yesterday, was involved from the outset. 

Arsenal started brightly, with the midfield pairing of Ismael Bennacer and Ben Sheaf attempting to find the net. 

They may have been unable go succeed in that regard, but Kaylen Hinds, who was impressive against Liverpool in the FA Youth Cup, opened the scoring on this occasion with a neat finish. 

Arsenal’s second goal came from a rather less likely source, with Bola firing home from distance. 

The outcome was put beyond doubt just before the break when the prolific Mavididi finished calmly after being located by Hinds. 

Fulham, to their credit, re-emerged for the second period with renewed vigour and Cauley Woodrow came close to scoring. 

However the hosts were unable to beat Arsenal goalkeeper Ryan Huddart, and the young Gunners threatened to extend their advantage, with Reiss Nelson dangerous throughout and Mavididi threatening once more. 

That damage, though, had long since been done, and Arsenal inched closer to promotion to the top tier of U21 football. 

Arsenal: Huddart; Da Graca, Bielik, Pleguezuelo, M. Bola; Sheaf, Bennacer; Nelson, Hinds, C. Willock; Mavididi. 

Subs: McGuane (for C. Willock). Not used: Keto, DaSilva, Malen, Robinson.

2 comments

  1. Did the back 4 line up as written (ie da Graca right back, Bola left back)?

    Considering the injuries on Tuesday night (and considering Monreal was the only defensive player on the bench that night) Bielik, Pleguezuelo or maybe Bennacer must be close to getting a call up for Sundays game.
    I would guess at Mertesacker being fit, and of course Bellerin should be available to replace Gabriel in the squad. Coquelin to replace Ramsey. Welbeck for Willock.

  2. I must say from the games i have watched, along with Iwobi, Hinds and Mavididi has always impressed me.
    Hinds in particular seems really mature in his game. Keeps it simple but movements are assured.
    Mavididi reminds me of Afobe with more dribbling skills to make space but with the same type of power, as well as an aerial presence. People talk of Malen and he is very good but all round Mavididi is better in my opinion and older i believe.
    Totally believe our Uefa youth cup would have continue if we had a front 3 of Mavididi, Hinds behind and Iwobi on the right with Sheaf back in the midfield.

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