U18 Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur 0 Arsenal 5 (Sweet 2, Henry-Francis 25, 81, Bandeira 31, Ismail 90)
Arsenal U18s finished their season in superb style as they thrashed rivals Tottenham Hotspur 5-0 away today, with Jack Henry-Francis scoring a brace.
The win saw the young Gunners move up to fourth place, although they will have to wait until next weekend to discover where they will finish.
Goalkeeper Remy Mitchell captained the side in what is likely to be his final appearance for the club. He first played for the U18s as a schoolboy in 2018.
A host of other players were also playing their last game for the U18s, with many of them set to remain at the club next season – Henry-Francis, Henry Jeffcott, Mauro Bandeira, Billy Vigar, James Sweet and Charles Sagoe Jr all fall into that category.
Taylor Foran wasn’t involved, while Tino Quamina missed out through injury. Reuell Walters and Henry-Francis were called upon with the U23s season having finished.
Walters-Sweet-Henry Francis-Cozier Duberry
Subs: Roberts (for Vigar, 69), Ismail (for Ibrahim, 84), Gower (for Henry-Francis, 87). Not used: Kovacevic, Green.
Arsenal got off to the perfect start with James Sweet, who has been one of the team’s standout performers this season, opening the scoring after just two minutes.
Tottenham had an opportunity to equalise but Jamie Donley missed from the penalty spot.
Henry-Francis proceeded to make it 2-0 in the 25th minute and the midfielder then turned provider for Mauro Bandeira, who scored on his 42nd and final appearance at this level.
Arsenal brought on Mathaeus Roberts in place of Billy Vigar as the second half wore on and eventually it was 4-0, with Henry-Francis scoring again after Bandeira returned the favour by setting him up.
While much of the focus today was on the players involved for the final time at this level, there was a glimpse of the future too as substitute Ismail Oulad M’Hand, who will hope to be more involved next season, scored to add further gloss to the scoreline.