After a week delay, I finally have an article about Arsenal’s youth team triumph 5-3 over Nottingham Forest. If you have Arsenal TV Online, I recommend watching the game.
Arsenal Under 18’s captured the Premier Academy League title on Monday (Silverware!) after a 5-3 victory over Nottingham Forests’ Under 18’s. The played like an Arsenal team, attacking well, and defending poorly.
They lined up in a 4-3-3, but as the graphic shows, with Ozyakup drifting in, it was more like a 4-1-2-1-2. Freeman played on the left, but drifted in in the second half, and got more involved.
Arsenal pressed up high on the pitch, and started to dominate after going behind. Nottingham Forest had trouble getting out of their own half, and Arsenal were on the brink. They did, when a long pass from Henderson played in Afobe, and he scored after a rebound and pass from Freeman. Chucks Aneke, who reminded me of Abou Diaby and had an imperious game, played in Afobe for the second.
Ozyakup had a very good game, and it was his pass that led to the penalty won by Afobe. Freeman put away a second penalty and after Forest made it 4-3, Freeman ended the game with his second after a cross from Henderson.
Aneke, Afobe Ozyakup, Frimpong, Freeman and Miquel were all impressive, and I’m looking forward to seeing them in the Carling Cup.
For more on the youth team, check out younggunsblog.co.uk