Soccer season is back in full swing for our academy teams, and with games already coming up fast, here’s everything you need to know from this weekend.
Under-21: West Ham United 2-3 Arsenal
It all started on Friday night when the U21s overcame a thrilling 3-2 draw against West Ham United at Rush Green Stadium, with summer signing Marquinhos scoring twice (report and photos)
The Brazilian scored twice before the break, with James Olayinka scoring the all-important third after the restart as we made it two wins from two in Premier League 2.
Boss Mehmet Ali was delighted with his players’ efforts, saying: “At the start of the mid-season, I thought we were excellent. We had a lot of forward momentum and we caused them a lot of trouble and created a lot of chances. We got our reward and we got a goal, and I think we could have gotten another pair.
“We didn’t get them and gave away a sloppy one and it goes to 3-2. Credit to West Ham, they kept coming and I was really happy with the lads for the way they dug deep for the last 15-20 minutes not to let up.”
For his part, Olayinka was also satisfied with his performance: “I’m very happy, I feel like I’ve had a good preseason and I’ve stayed injury-free, which is the main difference from last year and I think that’s beginning to show in court.
“Overall, I think we all played well today and dominated the game from start to finish, but it’s always good to get a goal and an assist too.”
Under-18: Arsenal 0-1 Chelsea
Jack Wilshere took charge of his first game as head coach of the under-18 side, who were narrowly beaten by Chelsea at London Colney on Saturday.
Leo Castledine scored the Blues’ only goal after five minutes and despite great pressure from our Young Gunners, especially towards the end, we couldn’t get the point our play deserved (full report).
Wilshere subsequently reflected on his debut on the bench, saying, “I love every minute of it – training, getting to game day, preparing for a game – I really enjoy it.” birch [Adam Birchall] He has been by my side helping me, and he has a lot of experience with the football academy and how it works, so I really enjoy it.
“Today I’m kicking every ball, and sometimes I enjoy it and sometimes I don’t, and that’s the roller coaster ride.”
Midfielder Bradley Ibrahim also gave his thoughts on the 90 minutes: “Today we didn’t get what we deserved, in my opinion. But this is our first game, and if we keep implementing what Jack wants us to do, he’s been great with us.” since he entered.
“It’s about not going backwards for not winning today. If we keep working, hopefully next time we’ll get the result we need.”
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