Friday 14 August 2015, 7:00pm at Emirates Stadium, London
Arsenal U21s
Zelalem 86'
Fulham FC
Fulham U21s

86' Goal

Gedion Zelalem

68' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Yassin Fortune
Off:Stephy Mavididi

53' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Mattias Kait
Off:Aaron Redford

60' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Luca de la Torre
Off:Josh Smile

75' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Stephen Humphrys
Off:Dean O'Halloran

A late goal condemned Fulham U21s to defeat by Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Friday.

A late Gedion Zelalem goal condemned Fulham Under-21s to defeat by local rivals Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Friday evening.


The 18-year-old’s strike was the only goal of the game as a battling Fulham were finally broken down with just minutes left on the clock.


Arsenal started on the front foot and could have taken the lead inside the first few moments, but Stephy Mavididi headed over from Tafari Moore’s near post cross.


Alex Iwobi had the next chance for the home side. After beating his man he delivered a low cross into the Fulham penalty area, but it was cleared away of danger.


The hosts continued to dominate and their next chance fell to Mavididi, but his scuffed shot went wide of the near post after good work from Zelalem. 


It wasn't until the 19th minute that Fulham had their first chance. It fell to Josh Smile, but his low strike was straight at Matt Macey, who claimed at the second attempt. 


Mavididi had his second chance of the game on the half hour mark and if it wasn’t for a fantastic close range save from Jesse Joronen, Arsenal would have been ahead.


The Gunners continued to have chances and they continued to be squandered, this time Jeff Reine-Adelaide the guilty man, cutting in from the left but firing just over from 18 yards out.


Mavididi had the final chance of the half but he skewed wide after receiving the ball from Alex Iwobi as the sides went into the break on level terms.  


Larnell Cole attempted an outrageous lob straight from kick off only for his effort to sail just over the bar, immediately after kick-off in the second period.


The hosts had their first real chance of the second half just three minutes into it but Joronen was once again on hand to deny them. This time he superbly tipped Reine Adelaide’s fizzing shot over - an effort that had been heading for the far corner.


Ben Sheaf had the game's next chance but Joronen was in no mood to be beaten as he got a strong left hand to it, to tip it round the post for a corner.


Arsenal substitute Yassin Fortune was then inches from giving the Gunners the lead but his left footed strike went wide with Joronen beaten.


The Whites didn’t create another goal scoring opportunity until 10 minutes from time. It fell to Humphrys who headed wide with what was his first touch since coming on.


Iwobi was next to try his luck but Joronen made his umpteenth save of the evening, getting two strong hands to the forwards near post shot.


Arsenal finally broke the Whites' resistance five minutes from time. Zelalem did well to skip past a few tackles and find the far corner with a bouncing strike.


The young Whites will have the chance to put this result behind them when they host Wolverhampton Wanderers at Mostpur Park next Friday evening.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays U21 Premier League Division 2

Date: Friday 14 August 2015
Kick-off: 7:00pm

Venue: Emirates Stadium, London

Arsenal U21s

Line-up: Macey; Moore, Bielek, Pleguezuelo, Bola; Zelalem, Kamara; Sheaf, Reine-Adelaide, Iwobi; Mavididi (Fortune 68')

Unused substitutes: O'Connor, Iliev, Mourgos, Eyoma

Fulham U21s

Line-up: Joronen; Sheckleford, Pino, Burgess, Evans; Smile (de la Torre 60'), Hyndman; O'Halloran (Humphrys 75'), Cole, Weymans; Redford (Kait 53')

Unused substitutes: Rodak, Elworthy

Arsenal U21s (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Matt Macey
  • 2Tafari Moore
  • 5Krystian Bielek
  • 6Julio Pleguezuelo
  • 3Marc Bola
  • 8Gedion Zelalem
  • 4Glen Kamara
  • 7Ben Sheaf
  • 10Jeff Reine-Adelaide
  • 11Alex Iwobi
  • 9Stephy Mavididi
  • 12Stefan O'Connor
  • 13Deyan Iliev
  • 14Savvas Mourgos
  • 15Aaron Eyoma
  • 16Yassin Fortune
Fulham U21s (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Jesse Joronen
  • 2Ryheem Sheckleford
  • 5Ian Pino
  • 6Cameron Burgess
  • 3Jordan Evans
  • 8Josh Smile
  • 4Emerson Hyndman
  • 7Dean O'Halloran
  • 10Larnell Cole
  • 11Marco Weymans
  • 9Aaron Redford
  • 12Marek Rodak
  • 14Shane Elworthy
  • 15Luca de la Torre
  • 16Mattias Kait
  • 17Stephen Humphrys