Report- Nketiah scores hat-trick as Arsenal U18s beat Manchester City 4-3


U18 Premier League 

Arsenal 4 Manchester City 3


The prolific Eddie Nketiah scored a hat-trick as Arsenal U18s came from behind to beat their Manchester City counterparts 4-3 at London Colney today. 

Coach Kwame Ampadu named a very strong side comprised mainly of second-years but it was City who took the lead through Lukas Nmecha in the 14th minute. 

Arsenal were soon level, however, with Nketiah making it 1-1 after he finished well following good build up play from Joe Willock. 

Nketiah proceeded to score again to put Arsenal in the ascendancy but Jadon Sancho’s strike meant that the two sides were level at the break. 

The drama continued into the second half with the unlikely source of Tolaji Bola putting Arsenal back in front after he was feed up by Malen. 

City refused to give up with Nmecha making it 3-3 from the penalty spot in an enthralling encounter. 

Nketiah wasn’t finished, though, with the striker completing his hat-trick to put Arsenal 4-3 up. 

There was a chance for another goal late on but Nketiah missed a penalty. It mattered little as the England youth international had already made the decisive contribution to the game. 

Arsenal: Virginia; Osei-Tutu, Olowu, Medley, T. Bola; McGuane, Dasilva; Smith-Rowe (Dragomir, 68), J. Willock (Gilmour, 89), Malen; Nketiah. Subs not used: Crean, Ballard, Burton. 

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2 comments

  1. I think we could do worse than put nketiah on the bench at boro.

    First team need a big shake up, unfortunately our defence midfield and forward line have all lost it at the same time. Its been many years since I saw a team so lost, so may be not the best time to throw a youngster in, but seriously wenger has to try something. His 4231 tippy tappy shit has never worked other than winning possession stats.

    I would love to see him go 442 or433 and stick with it until the end of the season. Even if brought in the Christmas tree, anything to get a response.

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