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Arsenal Team Under-18s 2018/19

Arsenal Team Under-18s 2018-19Arsenal Team Under-18s Development Squad 2018/19

Arsenal’s Under-18s, Under-19s and Under-21s make up the development process for young players at the club. Here is the Arsenal Team Under-18s 2018/19:

The old reserve league was replaced by a new Under-21 nationwide league from the 2012/13 season. The Under-21 side is mostly filled with young players looking to prove themselves and to earn a spot in the club’s senior side.

The Under-18s is usually called the ‘youth team’. It consists of the club’s youngest players to have been given full-time scholarships after the completion of the required education process.

Here we look at the full squad list of the Arsenal Team Under-18s 2018/19.

Arsenal Team Under-18s 2018/19 Squad

Name And Position Date Of Birth(Age)
Karl Hein Apr 13, 2002 (16)
Goalkeeper
James Hillson Jan 14, 2001 (18)
Goalkeeper
Arthur Okonkwo Sep 9, 2001 (17)
Goalkeeper
Jan 30, 2002 (17)
Tom Smith
Goalkeeper
Bayli Spencer-Adams Jun 26, 2001 (17)
Centre-Back
Mark McGuinness Jan 5, 2001 (18)
Centre-Back
Joel López Mar 31, 2002 (16)
Left-Back
Vontae Daley-Campbell Apr 4, 2001 (17)
Right-Back
Matthew Dennis Apr 15, 2002 (16)
Right-Back
Ben Cottrell Oct 31, 2001 (17)
Midfielder
Alfie Matthews Sep 30, 2001 (17)
Midfielder
Josh Martin Sep 9, 2001 (17)
Midfielder
Jordan McEneff Jan 8, 2001 (18)
Midfielder
Stanley Flaherty Dec 5, 2001 (17)
Midfielder
Harry Clarke Mar 2, 2001 (17)
Defensive Midfield
Yunus Musah Nov 29, 2002 (16)
Central Midfield
Matthew Smith Oct 5, 2000 (18)
Central Midfield
Zak Swanson Sep 28, 2000 (18)
Central Midfield
James Olayinka Oct 5, 2000 (18)
Right Midfield
Trae Coyle Jan 11, 2001 (18)
Attacking Midfield
Catalin Carjan Dec 1, 2002 (16)
Attacking Midfield
Xavier Amaechi Jan 5, 2001 (18)
Right Winger
Ryan Alebiosu Dec 17, 2001 (17)
Right Winger
Tyreece John-Jules Feb 14, 2001 (18)
Centre-Forward
Folarin Balogun Jul 3, 2001 (17)
Centre-Forward
Sam Greenwood Jan 26, 2002 (17)
Centre-Forward

The Gunners Academy

It is based in Hale End, London and is led by former Arsenal player, Per Mertesacker. Arsenal compete in the Professional Development League, which is the highest level of youth football in England, the FA Youth Cup and the UEFA Youth League with the players in the academy.

Arsenal’s Academy is one of England’s most successful youth setups with 7 FA Youth Cup trophies and 6 Premier Academy League titles.

Numerous international players have graduated from the academy and reserve team to become renowned stars.

Arsenal Team Under-18s FA Youth Cup 2018-19The Arsenal Under 18’s during the FA Youth Cup

The Gunners Academy Manager

The Arsenal academy is currently managed by former Arsenal player and German international, Per Mertesacker.

The 34-year-old was appointed into the position ahead of the 2017/18 campaign, which was also his final season as a professional footballer. He played from 2011 to 2018 for Arsenal, making 156 Premier League appearances for the side.

Mertesacker took charge of the position from July 2018 right along with Unai Emery’s appointment as the manager of the men’s senior side.

Arsenal Team Under-18s 2018/19 – Premier League Standings

U18 Premier League South 2018-2019
Pos Team P W D L GF GA +/- Pts
1 Arsenal crest
Arsenal
15 13 0 2 50 17 33 39
2 Tottenham Hotspur U18 crest
Tottenham Hotspur U18
14 12 2 0 56 13 43 38
3 Chelsea U18 crest
Chelsea U18
14 10 3 1 33 13 20 33
4 West Ham United U18 crest
West Ham United U18
15 8 1 6 26 31 -5 25
5 Aston Villa U18 crest
Aston Villa U18
15 7 1 7 34 32 2 22
6 Southampton U18 crest
Southampton U18
15 6 2 7 30 30 0 20
7 Leicester City U18 crest
Leicester City U18
15 6 2 7 22 30 -8 20
8 Fulham U18 crest
Fulham U18
15 4 6 5 27 28 -1 18
9 Brighton & Hove Albion U18 crest
Brighton & Hove Albion U18
16 5 2 9 25 29 -4 17
10 Reading U18 crest
Reading U18
16 3 2 11 14 37 -23 11
11 Swansea City U18 crest
Swansea City U18
15 2 2 11 11 35 -24 8
12 Norwich City U18 crest
Norwich City U18
15 2 1 12 15 48 -33 7
As on 24th February 2018, the Arsenal U18s are at the very top of the Premier League table. They thrashed Leicester City 5-0 to a point above their arch-rivals, Tottenham Hotspur.

A part of this squad was involved in Arsenal’s successful FA Youth Cup final run in the previous campaign under Kwame Ampadu. Unfortunately, they did get knocked out of this year’s tournament in the fifth round by West Bromwich Albion.

Arsenal Team Under-18s 2018/19 – Recent Success Stories

Arsenal have overseen the growth of a number of talented young footballers. Bukayo Saka is the latest star to get inducted into Unai Emery’s senior team.

Arsenal Team Under-18s 2018-19 Bukayo Saka

The 17-year-old made his debut on 29 November 2018 during Arsenal’s Europa League group stage tie against Vorskla Poltava. He made his Premier League debut in the 4-1 victory over Fulham on 1 January 2019.
Prior to Saka’s introduction, it was Emile Smith-Rowe who made headlines as an Arsenal youth team player. The Englishman has earned himself a loan spell away to RB Leipzig after impressing at senior level.
He scored 4 goals in 7 games for the Gunners senior side this season.
Edward Nketiah has also been recognized for the club’s senior side along with Joseph Willock, who scored a brace during Arsenal’s FA Cup 3rd Round tie against Blackpool this term. The duo technically did get promoted to the Under-23 and Under-21 squads ahead of this season.
Alex Iwobi and Ainsley Maitland-Niles are full-time professionals in the senior squad after passing through the youth ranks at the Emirates.

Arsenal FC Team Under-18s 2018/19 – Top Goalscorers 

# Name & Position Matches Played Goals Scored Assists
1 Folarin Balogun 10 11 1
Centre-Forward
2 Sam Greenwood 12 6 2
Centre-Forward
3 Matthew Smith 13 4 8
Central Midfield
4 Yunus Musah 11 3 2
Central Midfield
5 Tyreece John-Jules 2 3 0
Centre-Forward
Folarin Balogun, who is currently Arsenal Under-18s’ highest goalscorer recently signed his first professional contract with the club.
Matthew Smith, 18 also signed his first deal with the club on 25 February 2018, after grabbing his 10th assist for the club against Leicester City.
Tyreece John-Jules is looking to make his full senior debut for Arsenal in the 2018/19 season after being named in the squad a few times by Unai Emery.
Arsenal Team Under-18s 2018-19 Folarin Balogun

Arsenal Team Under-18s 2018/19 – Details

The squad size: There are 26 players in the Arsenal Under-18s team.

Average age: 17.15 years old. The average age of the Arsenal Under-18s team 2018/19 is quite young at 17-years-old.

Foreign players: 4 (15.3%). There are only 4 foreign players in the Arsenal Under-18s team – Karl Heinz, Joel Lopez, Catalin Carjan and Jordan McEneff.

Folarin Balogun (United States Of America, Nigeria), Xavier Amaechi (Nigeria), James Olayinka (Nigeria), Yunus Musah (Ghana), Arthur Okonkwo (Nigeria) is eligible to appear for the countries shown in brackets.

Current international players: 0

Stadium: Meadow Park. This facility is hailed as one of the best football training facilities in the world.

It is also the home ground of Boreham Wood FC.