U18 Premier League
Arsenal 1 (Roberts 77) West Ham United 4 (Mubama 24, 38, Earthy 29, Fawunmi 90)
Substitute Mathaeus Roberts was on the scoresheet but Arsenal U18s suffered another defeat as they were beaten 4-1 at home by league leaders West Ham United today.
Alex Kovacevic surprisingly retained his place in goal at the expense of Alexei Rojas, while Josh Robinson came into the side with Coby Small moving across to right-back.
Ethan Nwaneri and Myles Lewis-Skelly, who have both been involved with the U21s recently, were called upon, while Kaleel Green started up front in the absence of Omari Benjamin.
Lewis Skelly-Ismail Oulad M’Hand
Subs: Gower (for Small, 46), Roberts (for Green, 64), Dudziak (for Oulad M’Hand, 75), Ryan (for Kamara, 85). Not used: Rojas.
Arsenal knew that they faced a difficult task going into this game, with West Ham having won all of their league matches so far this season.
Lewis-Skelly found Osman Kamara but the letter’s effort went wide.
In the 24th minute West Ham took the lead as Divin Mubama found the net.
George Earthy proceeded to make it 2-0 shortly afterwards, with Mubama then scoring again to inflict further damage on Arsenal.
Arsenal made a change at the start of the second half as Small was replaced by Jimi Gower.
Roberts later came on for Green and the midfielder proceeded to score his first goal of the season as Arsenal reduced the deficit.
Arsenal then turned to Harrison Dudziak and Kamarni Ryan, but West Ham got another goal late on as substitute Favour Fawunmi made it 4-1.
Arsenal are currently ninth in the table having won just two of their nine league games so far this season. They have yet to keep a clean sheet in the league this season.