Sheffied Utd 1 – 1 Arsenal – F.A. Premier Academy League
The Arsenal Youth team started their season with a point away at Sheffield. Having won the Premier Academy League last season many members of the squad have moved on into the reserves and now a young squad are faced with the difficult challenge of defending the title.
Playing away at Sheffield United is a pretty tough fixture to the start the league with and the young guns will be happy with a point having come from a goal behind.
Arsenal lined up as follows:
Rhema Obed Daniel Boateng Nico Yennaris Cedric Evina
Sam Byles Oguzhan Ozyakup Chuks Aneke Roarie Deacon
Benik Afobe Luke Freeman
Subs: Sean McDermott, Jernade Meade, Sead Hajrovic, George Brislen-Hall, Jamie Edge.
Jordan Chappell gave Sheffield the lead before Roarie Deacon equalised for the Gunners in the latter stages of the game. Roarie was a threat for most of the match starting out on the left and the central partnership of Oguzhan Ozyakup and Chuks Aneke looked solid.
Kevin Fogg was perhaps the happier manager of the two even though he saw his team’s lead slip away. Steve Bould will look forward to the home game next Saturday against Leeds as a good opportunity to get our first 3 points of the season.
Arsenal 3 – 0 Fulham – Barclays Premier Reserve League
The reserves kicked off their season last night with a resounding win over Fulham at Underhill.
Arsenal lined up as follows:
Kerrea Gilbert Gavin Hoyte Kyle Bartley Ignasi Miquel
Francis Coquelin Conor Henderson
Gilles Sunu Sanchez Watt Nacer Barazite
Subs: James Shea, Cedric Evina, Rhys Murphy, Roarie Deacon, Luke Freeman.
The gunners lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Coquelin and Henderson forming a composed shield for the defence, captained by Kyle Bartley. Barazite and Sunu were lively all evening, swapping flanks and supporting Simpson well.
Sunu opened the scoring with a superb run that he finished with a blistering strike past Neil Etheridge. He then picked up an assist after taking a corner that his compatriot Coquelin converted with a near post glancing header. It was 2 – 0 at the interval and Arsenal didn’t take their foot off the gas after the break.
Tame efforts from Barazite, Simpson and substitute Rhys Murphy, who came on for the injured Henderson kept the score down. However, after Evina replaced Miquel at left back, Roarie Deacon replaced Jay Simpson and announced his arrival at this level with a goal on his reserves debut.
Fresh from his goal in the Academy League at Sheffield this weekend, Deacon took two minutes to make his mark in this game. A neat exchange with Murphy allowed Deacon the space to hit an unstoppable left foot strike into the top corner. This was the best goal of the night and was scored by a youngster who seemed unfazed by the step up to the reserves. If he continues at this rate Arsenal will surely offer the young Englishman professional terms.
The spine of the team looked very strong with Hoyte and Bartley forming a balanced partnership in the centre of defence. The reserves are away to Birmingham next week, which will be a tough test for the team but one thing is certain; like the first team, the reserves have started as they mean to go on.