Report – Arsenal U21s knocked out of Premier League International Cup after being thrashed 7-2 by PSV II

Premier League International Cup

Arsenal U21s 2 (Ideho 33, M. Smith 45 (pen.) PSV II 7 (Tielemans 6, Sealy 8, Van Duiven 9, 56, Nassoh 59, Priske 83, 88)

By Jeorge Bird @ LV Bet Stadium Meadow Park

Arsenal U21s were knocked out of the Premier League International Cup with a hugely disappointing 7-2 defeat at home to PSV II tonight.

The young Gunners found themselves three goals down after just nine minutes, and, although they managed to reduce the deficit before half time with Joel Ideho and Matt Smith getting on the scoresheet, PSV inflicted further damage in the second half.

Arsenal fielded a rather cobbled together lineup, with the likes of Amario Cozier-Duberry, Reuell Walters and Lino Sousa unavailable after starting for the U18s in the FA Youth Cup last night.

However, it was still a very frustrating night and the ease with which PSV ran through the Arsenal team was very concerning.

First-team goalkeeper Karl Hein was called upon, while Josh Nichols made his first start at this level at right-back, with schoolboy Camron Ismail deployed at left-back.

George Lewis came into the side, with Charles Sagoe Jr starting up front.

A host of players who were involved with the U18s last night were on the bench, where they were joined by Salah-Eddine, who made his first appearance since August after returning from both injury and loan.



M. Smith


Lewis-Sagoe Jr-Ideho

Subs: Salah-Eddine (for Bandeira, 46), Cottrell (for Cirjan, 46), Robinson (for Lewis, 67), Roberts (for Nichols, 67), Kacurri (for Awe, 82). Not used: Cooper, Kamara.

PSV subjected Arsenal to an onslaught from the outset, with the young Gunners not given any time to settle.

After a lengthy spell of possession which lasted several minutes, a PSV effort went just wide.

Shortly afterwards it was 1-0, with Mathijs Tielemans scoring with a fine strike.

Then came another goal, with Dante Sealy taking advantage with an effort that deflected in off Henry Jeffcott after Mauro Bandeira had lost the ball.

Arsenal barely had time to take stock of what had happened when Hein was picking the ball out of his net again, with Jason Van Duiven making it 3-0.

Hein had to make a save shortly afterwards and Arsenal then looked to change matters, with Lewis and Joel Ideho switching wings.

The tactic seemed to work, with Ideho eventually getting a goal back for Arsenal after winning the ball.

Ideho then turned provider for Nichols, who shot wide, but PSV were continuing to call Hein into action at the other end.

Arsenal were given hope just before half time, with a penalty being awarded after Sagoe Jr was fouled in the area. Smith stepped up to take it and scored.

Despite finishing with a flourish, it was still a rather disappointing first half performance from Arsenal, and coach Mehmet Ali reacted by making a double switch at the interval, with Salah-Eddine and Ben Cottrell coming on for Bandeira and Cirjan.

PSV continued to be in control of proceedings, however, with Hein having to make a stop after Zach Awe was put under pressure.

Cottrell tried his luck for Arsenal but PSV then made it 4-2 as Van Duiven got his second with the rebound after a free-kick had initially struck Lewis.

Lewis had a shot saved before PSV added a fifth through Mohamed Nassoh.

Arsenal introduced Josh Robinson and Mathaeus Roberts, with Maldini Kacurri later coming on for Awe.

Kacurri struggled to cope with PSV’s attack as the Dutch side added a sixth goal when subsitute August Priske scored.

Priske doubled his tally following a break downfield and then the final whistle sounded to put Arsenal out of their misery.

This was a chastening defeat and Arsenal’s defence was carved open all too easily.

The game wasn’t without its positives, with Ismail having some good moments, while Salah-Eddine’s return to action was a welcome sight.

It was a little concerning that some of the more experienced players at this level, such as Awe and Matt Smith, made several mistakes, while Nichols will have learned a lot from this game.

The decision to prioritise the Youth Cup was certainly the correct one, and Arsenal may still have exited this competition even if they had won, but conceding seven goals in a game can never be deemed acceptable.

It was evident that there was a lack of cohesion in the team, and it is no coincidence that the U21s have thrived in the league this season with a settled team.

Arsenal U21s are back in action away to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday, and it could well be a rather different starting lineup for that fixture.


Myles Lewis-Skelly and Osman Kamara continue to show their quality in Arsenal’s FA Youth Cup run

Arsenal U18s still have a long way to go if they are to win the FA Youth Cup this season, but the performances of two players in particular in the competition have played a huge part in the progress that Jack Wilshere’s side have made.

Amario Cozier-Duberry has been the star of this team, but there are other players who also deserve recognition.

Myles Lewis-Skelly was excellent in the fourth round against Newcastle United and the 16-year-old also stood out against Watford last night.

Even when Arsenal found themselves 2-0 down, Lewis-Skelly refused to give up as he often won possession and embarked upon dangerous runs.

The schoolboy is adept at drawing fouls from opponents and he won one of the penalties from which Amario Cozier-Duberry scored at Vicarage Road.

Lewis-Skelly has been involved with the U21s in recent months and it seems likely that he will be a regular starter at that level in the near future.

There has also been first-team involvement for the youngster as he was part of the squad that travelled to Dubai. If he continues to develop at this rate then it may not be too long until he makes his competitive debut in senior football.

Another player who has caught the eye in the Youth Cup is Osman Kamara. The winger can count himself unlucky not to have started against Watford after his heroics against Newcastle in the previous round.

However, after coming on at the start of the second half, Kamara made the desired impact again as he found the net, while his overall performance was of a high standard as he demonstrated his excellent close control.

Given the significant competition for places in the Arsenal U18 side, Kamara has had to be patient for opportunities but he will now be hoping to start in the quarter-finals against either Cambridge United or Sheffield Wednesday.

Report – Amario Cozier-Duberry scores two penalties as Arsenal stage incredible comeback to beat Watford in FA Youth Cup

FA Youth Cup fifth round

Watford 2 (Adu-Poku 2, Adeyemo 13) Arsenal 4 (Cozier-Duberry 57 (pen.), 68 (pen.) Kamara 63, Rosiak 66)

By Jeorge Bird @ Vicarage Road

This Arsenal U18 side may have its faults, especially defensively, but their attacking quality and tremendous spirit saw them stage a remarkable comeback at Vicarage Road tonight.

Jack Wilshere’s side found themselves two goals down after just 13 minutes but an inspired second half display saw Arsenal respond in emphatic style to win 4-2.

Arsenal showed great character against Newcastle United in the previous round, but this was on a different scale entirely, with Amario Cozier-Duberry scoring two penalties, while substitute Osman Kamara also netted along with Michal Rosiak.

Cambridge United or Sheffield Wednesday await in the last eight at Emirates Stadium, but it will take some time to fully comprehend this enthralling encounter.

There was only one surprise in the starting lineup, with Jimi Gower selected ahead of Ethan Nwaneri. The fact that the latter was on the bench may well have to do with the fact that he featured for the U21s on Friday.



Lewis Skelly-Ibrahim

Cozier Duberry-Gower-Ferdinand


Subs: Kamara (for Ferdinand, 46), Nwaneri (for Gower, 58), Kacurri (for Cozier-Duberry, 86). Not used: B. Okonkwo, Nichols, Ismail Oulad M’Hand, Roberts.

It was a terrible start from Arsenal, who found themselves a goal down after only two minutes.

Watford took the lead, with Michael Adu-Poku poking home under pressure from Lino Sousa after Reuell Walters was caught out.

Arsenal looked to respond, with Gower shooting over before Omari Benjamin tried his luck with a header after winning a corner.

Watford soon inflicted further pain on Arsenal, however, with Tobi Adeyemo capitalising on Arsenal’s defensive frailties.

Arsenal were stunned but refused to give up, with Myles Lewis-Skelly performing well in midfield.

Cozier-Duberry had a free-kick pushed away, with Seb Ferdinand then sending a dipping effort over.

Noah Cooper was called into action before Bradley Ibrahim had a header saved at the other end.

Despite eight minutes of added time after a Watford player required treatment, Arsenal were unable to get a goal back in the first half.

It was clear changes were needed and Kamara came on for Ferdinand, although the latter was one of Arsenal’s better performers in the first half.

Cozier-Duberry seemed determined to make an impact in the second period and he had a couple of efforts saved.

Arsenal were then given a penalty and Cozier-Duberry stepped up confidently to convert it, although Wilshere couldn’t bear to watch.

With the momentum starting to swing in their favour, Arsenal introduced Nwaneri in place of Gower.

Cozier-Duberry shot wide as Arsenal pressed for an equaliser and then Watford came close as they cut through the young Gunners again.

Arsenal maintained belief, however, and they managed to pull level through Kamara, who also scored that crucial goal against Newcastle.

Shortly afterwards Arsenal were in front as Rosiak finished well and then they won another penalty through Lewis-Skelly in a frantic period of play.

Cozier-Duberry made no mistake again, with the 2000 supporters in the stadium barely believing the turnaround that they had just witnessed.

There was still time for further chances, with Nwaneri and Cozier-Duberry both coming close.

Arsenal sent on Maldini Kacurri for Cozier-Duberry as they looked to see the game out but they had to survive a late scare as Watford rattled the crossbar.

Sousa then put the ball in the net but the flag was raised for offside.

There had already been enough drama for one day and Arsenal are now through to the last eight.

The defensive vulnerabilities in this team are clear to see but if they can outscore the opposition then that is irrelevant.

Cozier-Duberry relished the occasion and was excellent, while Lewis-Skelly also impressed and captain Bradley Ibrahim really stepped up in the second half. The introduction of Kamara was also key in helping to decide the outcome of the game.

Arsenal are dreaming of winning this competition for the first time since 2009, when Wilshere was in the team.

They still have three hurdles to negotiate in order to achieve that objective but after the way in which events unfolded tonight they will feel that anything is possible.

Khayon Edwards back running in recovery from injury in boost to Arsenal U21s

Arsenal U21s striker Khayon Edwards is getting closer to a return from injury.

Edwards hasn’t featured since November but he is now back on the grass and running.

The 19-year-old has scored three goals in seven Premier League 2 games this season.

In addition, Edwards was on the bench for the first-team against Bodo/Glimt and PSV, while he was the extra man against Leeds United.

Arsenal U21s are currently short of striking options after Nathan Butler-Oyedeji and Billy Vigar were loaned out.

FA Youth Cup fifth round preview – Arsenal take on Watford

Arsenal U18s’ run in the FA Youth Cup has been hugely entertaining, with a 6-0 thrashing of Millwall in the third round being followed by a late winner in a 3-2 success away to Newcastle United.

Tonight Jack Wilshere’s side travel to Vicarage Road to take on Watford as they look to make it through to the quarter-finals of this prestigious competition.

The draw for the last eight has already been made, with the winners of this tie to host either Cambridge United or Sheffield Wednesday. Some big names, such as Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea, have already been eliminated, but Arsenal certainly won’t be taking anything for granted as they look to win the Youth Cup for the first time since 2009.

Like Arsenal, Watford, who play in the Professional Development League, have been rather inconsistent so far this season with regards to their league form.

However, they managed to overcome Everton in the last round of the Youth Cup having previously got the better of Lincoln City.

If he features then one Watford player to watch out for is Aaron Benn, who scored on his debut for Arsenal U18s against Reading in 2021 but was informed the following day that he was being released. Attacker Jack Grieves is another talented player.

Charlie Daniels, who was a team-mate of Wilshere’s at Bournemouth, is the coach of the Watford side.

As far as Arsenal are concerned, much of Wilshere’s team selection should be similar to the previous round, although it isn’t ideal that Reuell Walters and Lino Sousa had to play 120 minutes for the U21s against Reading on Friday.

Noah Cooper should continue in goal, with Alexei Rojas still away with Colombia U20s.

The biggest selection dilemma that Wilshere faces is in defence as he has a host of options to choose from at centre-back. Walters could be used there again, with the likes of Tino Quamina, Josh Robinson, Maldini Kacurri and Luis Brown all in contention to partner him.

Kacurri would probably be the preferred choice, but the Albania youth international has only recently returned from injury, so it’s possible that Quamina will be called upon.

Myles Lewis-Skelly and Ethan Nwaneri should both start, with the latter likely to feature in place of Jimi Gower, who has done very well in this competition so far.

Osman Kamara, who scored that late winner at St James’ Park, is pushing for a start, but he may have to be content with a place on the bench if Amario Cozier-Duberry is available. Cozier-Duberry was named amongst the substitutes for the first-team against Everton but could be called upon here.

There is a growing feeling that Arsenal could enjoy a lengthy run in the Youth Cup this season owing to their array of talent and the depth in their squad.

It is important not to underestimate Watford, however, and Wilshere will be demanding for his team to stay focused as they look to get to the quarter-finals.

The game kicks off at 7pm and it will be shown live on Arsenal.com.

Possible team:



Lewis Skelly-Ibrahim

Ferdinand-Nwaneri-Cozier Duberry


Subs: B. Okonkwo, Nichols, Robinson, Gower, Ismail Oulad M’Hand, Roberts, Kamara

Other options: Green, Dudziak, Brown, Kabia, Kacurri, Ryan, Small, Camron Ismail, Heaven, Oyetunde

Injury doubts: Davies, Kovacevic, Quesada-Thorn, Forde, Akolbire

International duty: Rojas

Loan report – Okonkwo saves two penalties in shootout on debut; Trusty scores 97th minute winner

Arthur Okonkwo made his debut for Sturm Graz and saved two penalties in the shootout as his side beat Salzburg in a cup game. The match had finished 1-1 after extra time.

Auston Trusty scored the winner in the seventh minute of stoppage time as Birmingham City beat Swansea City 4-3.

Albert Sambi Lokonga made his Crystal Palace debut, coming on in the 72nd minute of a 2-1 defeat to Manchester United.

Nathan Butler-Oyedeji made his senior debut, playing 59 minutes as Accrington Stanley lost 3-0 to Lincoln City.

Folarin Balogun played the full game as Reims drew 0-0 with Auxerre.

Ovie Ejeheri was booked as SJK beat VPS 3-2 in the Finnish League Cup.

Nuno Tavares played the whole game for Marseille as they lost 3-1 to Nice, for whom Nicolas Pepe missed out due to injury.

Charlie Patino played 60 minutes as Blackpool lost 3-0 to Middlesbrough.

Alex Runarsson was in goal as Alanyaspor lost 2-1 to Istanbulspor.

Brooke Norton-Cuffy played 61 minutes as Coventry City lost 1-0 to West Bromwich Albion.

Ryan Alebiosu played the whole game as Kilmarnock lost 3-1 to Livingston.

Alex Kirk played the full game as Ayr United lost 2-0 to Queen’s Park.

Tim Akinola came on in the 83rd minute as Chesterfield lost 1-0 to Boreham Wood.

Marquinhos was an unused substitute as Norwich City lost 3-0 to Burnley.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles was an unused substitute as Southampton lost 3-0 to Brentford.

Marcelo Flores was an unused substitute as Real Oviedo beat Malaga 1-0.

Taylor Foran was an unused substitute as Hartlepool United beat Doncaster Rovers 1-0.

Tom Smith was an unused substitute as Colchester United drew 1-1 with Barrow.

Mazeed Ogungbo was an unused substitute as Crawley Town lost 1-0 to Gillingham.

Injury meant that Mika Biereth didn’t feature in RKC Waalwijk’s 0-0 draw with Exclesior.

Cedric wasn’t involved as Fulham drew 0-0 with Chelsea.

Nikolaj Moller wasn’t involved as Den Bosch lost 3-0 to Top OSS.

Tyreece John-Jules didn’t play due to injury as Ipswich Town drew 1-1 with Cambridge United.

Pablo Mari’s Monza face Sampdoria on Monday.

Miguel Azeez will miss Wigan Athletic’s game versus Blackburn Rovers due to suspension but Omar Rekik will hope to make his debut.

Kido Taylor-Hart and Billy Vigar could be involved for Derby County U21s against Nottingham Forest.

Report – Substitute Mauro Bandeira scores extra-time winner as Arsenal U21s beat Reading in Premier League Cup

U21 Premier League Cup

Arsenal 2 (Cirjan 32, Bandeira 96) Reading 1 (Trialist) (a.e.t.)

Substitute Mauro Bandeira scored the winner as Arsenal U21s required extra-time to see off their Reading counterparts and progress to the quarter-finals of the Premier League Cup.

After fielding a heavily rotated team against Reading, a more experienced side was called upon for this game, with Catalin Cirjan the only player to start both fixtures. Amario Cozier-Duberry didn’t play as he was training with the first-team.

Defender Maldini Kacurri, who recently returned from injury, started the game, while Bradley Ibrahim and Joel Ideho were also called upon.



M. SmithIbrahim


Cottrell-Sagoe Jr-Ideho

Subs: Nwaneri (for Ibrahim, 46), Nichols (for Kacurri, 66), Bandeira (for Cottrell, 90). Not used: Cooper, Jeffcott.

Lino Sousa and Catalin Cirjan came close to finding the net early on.

Just past the half hour mark Cirjan opened the scoring with his second goal in as many games.

There was an alteration at the start of the second half, with Ethan Nwaneri replacing Ibrahim.

Reading equalised through a trialist, with Arsenal then bringing on Josh Nichols in place of Kacurri.

Ben Cottrell found Cirjan with a fine pass, but the latter’a effort went over on this occasion.

The game headed into extra time, with Bandeira coming on for Cottrell.

That proved to an inspired change as just six minutes later Bandeira scored to restore Arsenal’s lead.

Charles Sagoe Jr hit the side-netting as Arsenal looked to add to their lead, but they had already done enough to secure their passage into the last eight.

Benjamin, Cozier-Duberry, Lewis-Skelly and Salah-Eddine train with Arsenal first-team ahead of Everton game

A group of youngsters were involved in training with the Arsenal first-team on Friday.

Forward Omari Benjamin, who recently made his debut for the U21s, was called upon along with midfielder Myles Lewis-Skelly and winger Amario Cozier-Duberry.

It will be interesting to see whether any of the trio will travel with the first-team for the game away to Everton.

Salah-Eddie was also involved in the session as he stepped up his recovery from injury. The midfielder was recently recalled from his loan spell at Hull City, during which he didn’t play a single game because of his injury issues.

Lino Sousa and George Lewis not included in Arsenal’s Europa League squad as Matt Smith is named

George Lewis has been left out of Arsenal’s squad for the Europa League knockout stages.

The winger was included in the club’s Premier League squad, but there isn’t space for him in the European squad. Matt Smith, however, has been included.

Lino Sousa and Henry Timi Davies have also been left out as they aren’t yet eligible for the B-List due to the fact that they haven’t yet been at the club for two years.

New signings Leandro Trossard, Jakub Kiwior and Jorginho have all been registered.

Goalkeeper James Hillson is again included on the senior list and is one of four association trained players included, with Aaron Ramsdale, Benjamin White and Rob Holding the others.

There are four club trained players on the senior list – Emile Smith Rowe, Eddie Nketiah, Reiss Nelson and Matt Smith.

The updated B-List for U21 players has yet to be published, but Bukayo Saka and Karl Hein will be included.

Salah-Eddine, Joel Ideho and Reuell Walters are all eligible to be added to the B-List along with schoolboy midfielder Myles Lewis-Skelly. Ethan Nwaneri can be added when he turns 16 next month.

Arsenal senior Europa League squad: Ramsdale (A), Turner, Hillson (A), White (A), Gabriel, Saliba, Kiwior, Holding (A), Tomiyasu, Zinchenko, Tierney, Partey, Odegaard, Trossard, Jorginho, Vieira, Elneny, Xhaka, Matt Smith (C), Jesus, Smith Rowe (C), Martinelli, Nketiah (C), Nelson (C).

B-List to include: Saka, Hein, Graczyk, Awe, Jeffcott, Monlouis, Sweet, Bandeira, Cirjan, Cottrell, Henry-Francis, Sagoe Jr, Ibrahim, Edwards, Cozier-Duberry.

A = Association trained

C = Club trained

Arsenal add Trossard, Kiwior and Jorginho to Premier League squad; George Lewis and Matt Smith on senior list

Arsenal have submitted their updated Premier League squad for the second half of the season, with new signings Leandro Trossard, Jakub Kiwior and Jorginho having all been added.

George Lewis and Matt Smith have both been included on the senior list due to their age, while Bukayo Saka, William Saliba, Gabriel Martinelli and Karl Hein are all on the U21 list.

There are seven homegrown players on the senior list – Rob Holding, Reiss Nelson, Eddie Nketiah, Aaron Ramsdale, Matt Smith, Emile Smith Rowe and Benjamin White.

In total, 67 players have been included on the U21 list, including players in that age category who are on loan.

The only players who haven’t been included are senior loanees, namely Cedric, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Pablo Mari, Nicolas Pepe, Alex Runarsson, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Auston Trusty and Nuno Tavares.

Arsenal’s Premier League squad

1 Dos Santos Magalhães, Gabriel
2 Elneny, Mohamed Naser Elsayed
3 Fernando De Jesus, Gabriel
4 Ferreira Vieira, Fabio Daniel
5 Frello Filho, Jorge Luiz
6 Holding, Robert Samuel (Homegrown)
7 Igaba-Ishimwe, George Lewis
8 Kiwior, Jakub
9 Nelson, Reiss (Homegrown)
10 Nketiah, Edward Keddar (Homegrown)

11 Odegaard, Martin
12 Partey, Thomas Teye
13 Ramsdale, Aaron (Homegrown)
14 Smith, Matthew Gerrard (Homegrown)
15 Smith Rowe, Emile (Homegrown)

16 Tierney, Kieran
17 Tomiyasu, Takehiro
18 Trossard, Leandro
19 Turner, Matthew
20 White, Benjamin (Homegrown)
21 Xhaka, Granit
22 Zinchenko, Oleksandr

Under-21 list

1 Akinola, Timothy Olaoluwa
2 Alebiosu, Ryan
3 Awe, Zachariah Olumide Ebunoluwa
4 Azeez, Miguel
5 Balogun, Folarin Jerry
6 Benjamin, Omari Kai
7 Biereth, Mika
8 Brown, Luis
9 Butler-Oyedeji, Nathan
10 Cirjan, Catalin-Ionut
11 Cooper, Noah Kailen
12 Cottrell, Ben
13 Cozier-Duberry, Amario Oswald Gerardo
14 Da Cruz Sousa, Lino Goncalo
15 Davies, Henry Oluwadurotimi Olakitan
16 Dudziak, Harrison James Edward
17 Edwards, Khayon
18 Ejeheri, Ovie Prince
19 Ferdinand, Sebastian Reece
20 Flores, Marcelo
21 Foran, Taylor
22 Forde, Romari Kanye
23 Gomes Bandeira, Mauro
24 Gower, Jimi Mark
25 Graczyk, Hubert
26 Green, Kaleel Shai
27 Hein, Karl Jakob
28 Henry-Francis, Jack
29 Hillson, James Andrew
30 Ibrahim, Bradley Ryan
31 Ideho, Joel
32 Jeffcott, Henry
33 John-Jules, Tyreece Romayo
34 Kabia, Ismeal
35 Kacurri, Maldini
36 Kamara, Osman
37 Kirk, Alexander Michael
38 Kovacevic, Alexandar
39 Lannin-Sweet, James
40 Moller, Nikolaj Duus
41 Monlouis, Zane
42 Nichols, Joshua
43 Norton-Cuffy, Brooke Dion Nelson
44 Ogungbo, Mazeed
45 Okonkwo, Arthur

46 Okonkwo, Brian Chukweudozie
47 Oliveira Alencar, Marcus Vinicius
48 Oulad M’Hand, Ismail
49 Oulad M’Hand, Zine-Eddine
50 Patino, Charlie Michael
51 Quamina, Tinochika Chukwu
52 Quesada Thorn, Kristopher Elian
53 Rekik, Omar
54 Roberts, Mathaeus Andrew
55 Robinson, Joshua Noah Lynnford
56 Rojas Fedorushchenko, Alexei
57 Rosiak, Michal
58 Ryan, Kamarni Anthony
59 Sagoe Jr, Charles
60 Saka, Bukayo
61 Saliba, William
62 Small, Coby David
63 Smith, Thomas Andrew Salvatore
64 Taylor-Hart, Kido
65 Teodoro Martinelli Silva, Gabriel
66 Vigar, Billy
67 Walters, Reuell Joshua