Arsenal noticed their hopes of profitable the FA Youth Cup come to an finish towards West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, however there have been nonetheless some positives to take from proceedings for Ken Gillard’s aspect.
Winger Bukayo Saka, probably the most excessive profile member of the group, was a continuing menace to the West Brom defence, despite the fact that he maybe ought to have ended the sport with multiple objective.
On the opposite flank, in the meantime, Xavier Amaechi continued to reinforce his status and there's an argument to recommend that he's maybe extra prepared for first-team involvement at current than Saka is.
Possessing velocity and aptitude in abundance, Amaechi is a particularly troublesome participant to defend towards, as he has confirmed on quite a few events for each the U23s and the U18s.
It's a disgrace that a participant of his high quality gained’t get to win the Youth Cup – he might be too previous to play within the competitors subsequent yr – however Amaechi is definitely able to push on and maybe make his senior debut subsequent season.
There have been some parts of concern for Arsenal within the 2-1 defeat to West Brom, particularly defensively.
Matt Smith partnered James Olayinka on the base of the midfield however neither participant was capable of present the requisite safety to the again 4.
The defence didn’t assist themselves, although, and Gillard’s determination to drop Vontae Daley-Campbell and usher in Joel Lopez at left-back, with Zak Swanson shifting throughout to right-back, definitely didn’t have the specified impact.
Arsenal missed the presence of the injured Bayli Spencer-Adams on the coronary heart of the defence and have been weak to West Brom’s fast breaks downfield.
The younger Gunners will now have to show their consideration to their league fixtures, the place they're competing with Tottenham Hotspur for the title.