It has been an eventful year for Arsenal at youth level, one that will give them renewed optimism for future seasons.
Arsenal u19s crashed out of the UEFA Youth League at the group stage phase whilst the u18s crashed out of the FA Youth Cup with a surprise defeat at home against Blackburn Rovers. To their credit though, the Academy squad continued to progress as the domestic season continued, here are the Daily Cannon youth awards for this season:
Individual skill, physicality, awareness and technical ability. Plus, some long-awaited revenge. This goal had it all – Reiss Nelson’s strike against Blackburn Rovers at u18 level.
Shrugging off his marker with ease, his quick feet proved decisive as he remained unfazed before twisting and turning his way to create a yard of space for himself. Seconds later, his well-struck effort left the goalkeeper helplessly sprawling towards the top corner.
The first of a hat-trick for him before the interval, this fixture provided Reiss – who had just recovered from a minor injury – the perfect chance for revenge after a dubious sending off against Blackburn during the aforementioned Youth Cup defeat at Meadow Park, having been kicked and regularly taken out by cynical challenges.
Next, u23 Player of the Season…