Report – Greenwood scores and Lopez debuts as 10-man Arsenal U18s beat Southampton


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U18 Premier League

Arsenal 1 (Greenwood 45) Southampton 0

Summer signing Sam Greenwood scored his first Arsenal goal as Kwame Ampadu’s side prevailed past Southampton with a 1-0 victory at London Colney despite playing the last half an hour with ten men following the dismissal of Zak Swanson.

Ampadu made five alterations to the team that lost to Chelsea a fortnight ago, with Mark McGuinness (making his first appearance of the season), Harry Clarke, Ben Cottrell, Greenwood and Alfie Matthews all coming into the starting lineup. Meanwhile, former Barcelona youngster Joel Lopez was included in the squad for the first time as he was named amongst the substitutes.

Bukayo Saka, Trae Coyle and Folarin Balogun all weren’t involved, suggesting that they could feature for the U23s against Blackburn Rovers on Monday.

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Subs: Flaherty (for Matthews, 46), Lopez (for Cottrell, 66), Alebiousu (for Musah, 87). Not used: Hein, Martin. 

Arsenal struggled in the early stages and Southampton were awarded a penalty with 12 minutes gone following a mistake from Swanson.

Goalkeeper Arthur Okonkwo, who signed professional terms yesterday, was on hand to keep out Enzo Robise’s spot-kick.

The young Gunners gradually managed to assert themselves and eventually took the lead on the stroke of half time when Greenwood found the net following impressive work from Ben Cottrell.

Arsenal made a change at the start of the second half as Stan Flaherty replaced Matthews, with Greenwood moving up front.

However, Arsenal’s hopes of extending their lead were significantly reduced when Swanson was sent off for a second bookable offence.

Ampadu reacted by bringing on Lopez for Cottrell and Arsenal managed to hold on and secure victory.

Arsenal are back in action next weekend when they face Norwich City away.

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