The Arsenal academy won a couple of youth tournaments run by the Premier League last week, as youngsters continue to impress at almost every level for The Gunners.

BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 17: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal celebrates after he scores his sides fifth goal from the penalty spot with during the FA Youth Cup Fourth Round between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Meadow Park on January 17, 2019 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND – JANUARY 17: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal celebrates after he scores his sides fifth goal from the penalty spot with during the FA Youth Cup Fourth Round between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Meadow Park on January 17, 2019, in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

The u18s are currently putting together an exciting run, beating Tottenham 5-2 to make the fifth round of the FA Youth Cup and sitting just two points off the top in the U18 Premier League. The likes of Bukayo Saka, Xavier Amaechi and Folarin Balogun are really starting to catch the eye and push into the u23s and the first team.

The younger academy age groups had a couple of success stories this week though. The u15s finished as champions of the 6v6 Premier League Youth National Finals, with Arsenal releasing some footage and interviews from the event below:

https://twitter.com/ArsenalAcademy/status/1091315897246142464

Then the u9s went on to win at the Futsal Nationals as well:

It’s great to see the youngsters getting a taste for success, and continuing to prove the Arsenal academy is one of the best around.

Arsenal’s u23s haven’t been quite so impressive this season, sitting in a mid-table seventh position in the league.

You can understand why though, as they’ve lost Eddie Nketiah (first-team), Reiss Nelson (loan), Emile Smith Rowe (first-team, injuries, loan), Joe Willock (first-team), Jordi Osei-Tutu (injury), Joshua Dasilva (sold), Vlad Dragomir (sold) and Joao Virginia (sold) from last season’s title-winning team.

From the starting lineup that clinched the PL2 trophy against West Ham last April, only Tolaji Bola, Zech Medley and Joseph Olowu remain guaranteed starters. Even Medley is starting to get first-team call-ups more regularly. Still, let’s hope the players stepping up to fill the gaps can have a strong finish to the season.