The Arsenal u21s kept their unbeaten run going with a hard-fought draw on Saturday, whilst the u18s needed a late equaliser after a rollercoaster performance.

Arsenal u21s 1-1 Wolves u21s

James Sweet with the Arsenal u21s (Photo via Arsenal Academy on Twitter)
James Sweet with the Arsenal u21s (Photo via Arsenal Academy on Twitter)

The Arsenal u21s saw their unbeaten record come under serious threat on Saturday, as they were reduced to 10 men in the first half.

Having already picked up a yellow card in the 11th minute, Henry Jeffcott received a second as he conceded a penalty a little after the half-hour mark. Oliver Tipton converted the spot-kick to give Wolves the lead at half-time.

Yet Arsenal fought back, with James Sweet scoring in the 55th minute to make it 1-1. With the help of goalkeeper Hubert Graczyk on a couple of occasions, the hosts managed to hold out and secure a draw.

With Crystal Palace also drawing, 3-3, Arsenal remain level with the south London side on points and goal difference. But Palace are now top of the table on goals scored, and Manchester City have joined the other two on points as well.

It’s looking like being an intriguing battle for the title this season, but Arsenal won’t play another league game until October, with a trip to Ipswich in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday and to Burnley in the Premier League Cup next Friday.

Arsenal u21 lineup vs Wolves

Graczyk, Sweet, Awe, Foran, Jeffcott, Ibrahim, Bandeira, Cirjan, Sagoe Jr, Cozier-Duberry, Butler-Oyedeji

Substitutes

Henry-Francis (for Cirjan, 61), Taylor-Hart (for Sagoe Jr, 61), Vigar (for Butler-Oyedeji, 76), Robinson (for Cozier-Duberry, 81), Hillson

Arsenal u18s 4-4 West Brom u18s

Kaleel Green playing for Arsenal (Photo via Green on Instagram)
Kaleel Green playing for Arsenal (Photo via Green on Instagram)

The Arsenal u18s also played out a home draw, but in considerably different circumstances. There will certainly be some disappointment that the team didn’t come away with a win after the first hour of football, which saw Jack Wilshere’s side 3-1 up.

Making his first U18 Premier League start, 16-year-old centre-forward Osman Kamara took just three minutes to give Arsenal the lead. West Brom quickly equalised, but Seb Ferdinand scored in the 19th minute to reclaim the advantage.

Kaleel Green made it 3-1 in the 59th minute, but the game suddenly turned on its head in a 10-minute period where West Brom scored three goals to take the lead.

With only injury-time remaining, 15-year-old Myles Lewis-Skelly scored a dramatic equaliser to ensure Arsenal’s efforts weren’t all for nothing.

Though Wilshere will be extremely disappointed with the way his team threw the game away, he’ll also be pleased that they didn’t give up and at least managed to earn a point going into their international break.

Arsenal u18 lineup vs West Brom

Fedorushchenko, Nichols, Kacurri, Brown, Ismail, Lewis-Skelly, Gower, Ferdinand, Dudziak, Kamara, Green

Substitutes

Ryan (for Kamara, 69), Obi (for Green, 74), I. Oulad M’hand (for Gower, 74), Kovacevic, Small

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