Report – Bramall debuts and Nketiah hits decisive goal as Arsenal U23s beat Southampton

Premier League 2

Southampton 1 Arsenal 3 (Mavididi, Nketiah, C. Willock)


Cohen Bramall made his debut and Eddie Nketiah struck a late winner as Arsenal U23s came from behind tonight to beat their Southampton counterparts 3-1 away today. 

There was much hype surrounding the signing of Bramall, who joined from non-league Hednesford Town, and, after a sluggish start, he soon settled in well at left-back and completed 83 minutes. 

Coach Steve Gatting fielded a strong side with Chuba Akpom continuing his rehabilitation from injury while Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Jeff Reine-Adelaide also featured. 

Arsenal played some slick passes in the first half with Reiss Nelson at the heart of most of their good moves but the young Gunners were unable to find the net. 

Southampton posed a threat at the other end and, after having a goal disallowed when the ball deflected in off Akpom, the visitors took the lead with Jonathan Afolabi’s effort getting the better of Hugo Keto. 

Arsenal showed impressive resilience to respond in the second half. Firstly Stephy Mavididi levelled matters, with the attacker finding the net with a powerful finish. 

Then it was Nketiah’s turn to get on the scoresheet as the prolific forward finished calmly. 

There was still time for Chris Willock to add a third as he sent a well placed effort into the back of the net to add gloss to the scoreline. 

Arsenal: Keto; Johnson, Bielik, Sheaf, Bramall; Maitland-Niles, Reine-Adelaide; Nelson, Mavididi, C. Willock; Akpom. Subs: Virginia, DaSilva, Dragomir, Nketiah, Zelalem. 



  1. This Nketiah lad has a pretty good goal scoring record and must be considered a pretty good prospect. For the benefit of those of us who don’t get a chance to see all the youth games, how would you rates his chances of making it compared to some of the good prospects of the past – Akpom, Afobe, JET, etc. What are his best attributes?

    1. On Wed, 18 Jan 2017 at 09:30, Jeorge Bird's Arsenal Youth wrote:

      > He’s fast, clinical and good at holding the ball up. Difficult to compare > him to others but he certainly has a good chance of succeeding at a high > level if he carries on like this. Of the players you mentioned he’s > probably most similar to Afobe although he isn’t quite as strong. > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > >

      1. The comparison to Afobe isn’t necessarily a good thing is it? Sure he scored tons at all stages till he hit the premier league.
        Though to be fair I don’t follow nketiah as closely as you( heck most of my news of the youth and reserves is via this blog)

        I’m more hopeful of nwakali who has shown to have more tricks up his sleeve.

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