Arsenal’s u18 and u23 matches will continue to go ahead despite the current nationwide lockdown in England, according to the FA.
After the UK Government’s latest lockdown announcement, the FA released a statement confirming which levels of the football pyramid would be shut down as a result. Notably for Arsenal’s youngsters, elite u18/u23 football wasn’t listed.
The Arsenal academy teams are currently preparing to return to the pitches after their winter break. The u23s signed off in December with a 2-1 win over Leicester City, whilst the u18s ended 2020 with a 2-1 FA Youth Cup win over Rotherham United.
The u18s will be the first back, travelling to Aston Villa this weekend. Their match is scheduled for Saturday, January 9th at 11:00, though there’s unlikely to be any way to watch the action.
As for the u23s, they next play on Sunday, January 17th at 14:30. It’s up to hosts Southampton as to whether that match is streamed. We wish good luck to both teams in the new year and hope they’re all able to stay safe.