Arsenal U18s: J. Willock, Malen and Burton impress in victory over Brighton


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Arsenal U18s returned to winning ways on Saturday with an emphatic 3-0 victory away to Brighton & Hove Albion, with Joe Willock opening the scoring before Donyell Malen scored a brace.

Coach Kwame Ampadu fielded a very strong side including the likes of Marcus McGuane, Reiss Nelson and Josh DaSilva.

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Osei Tutu-Olowu-Ballard-T. Bola

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Subs: Virginia, Benson, Beckford, Omole.

Arsenal, even without star striker Edward Nketiah, proved too strong for Brighton, with DaSilva and Robbie Burton dictating play in midfield.

The latter, who was brought into the starting line-up, played some fine passes and one such ball deflected into the path of Willock, who was alert to finish quickly to open the scoring.

Malen then made it 2-0 after he was located by DaSilva, and the talented Dutch forward doubled his tally with a superb acrobatic effort, with Willock the provider on this occasion.

Arsenal’s full-backs, Jordi Osei-Tutu and Tolaji Bola, got forwards at every possible opportunity, and overall this was a hugely encouraging display from the young Gunners, who remain unbeaten going into the international break.

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