Josh Dasilva’s second-half finish wasn’t enough for Arsenal u18s as they were defeated by Tottenham in the final regular fixture of this season’s campaign.
Kwame Ampadu made five alterations to the side that snatched a late winner against Swansea last weekend, with the most notable being the omissions of consistent performer Tolaji Bola and top goalscorer Edward Nketiah.
Sticking with the preferred 4231 formation, Dasilva played alongside Charlie Gilmour in a holding midfield partnership. The talented teenager made his fifth consecutive appearance after sustaining an injury earlier in the season.
Timothy Eyoma, brother of Arsenal defender Aaron, broke the deadlock for Spurs after seven minutes. Midfielder Jack Roles doubled the visitors’ lead twenty minutes later, netting his 13th goal of the campaign.
Dasilva’s goal midway through the second-half sparked hopes of a late comeback as the versatile midfielder was rewarded with his third league goal this term. However, it proved to only be a consolation as Spurs held firm defensively to win all three points.
Arsenal’s side: Virginia; Osei-Tutu, Olowu, Medley, Pileas; Dasilva, Gilmour; Smith-Rowe, Fortune, J. Willock; John Jules (Omole, 84′). Unused subs: Barden, Benson, Thompson and Olayinka.
Arsenal have finished in second place in the South Division and will be hoping for better results in the future. Chelsea, Reading and West Ham have all progressed into Group 1 alongside the Young Guns in the final stage, in addition to the best quartet in the North Division.
With that in mind, Ampadu’s side need to improve if they’re to have a chance of lifting silverware this season.