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Arsenal Ladies and Arsenal Youth both win
by Tony Attwood
Arsenal Ladies have won the last ever Premier League – for the seventh year running. Although this year there was no double or treble (they lost in an earlier round in the league cup, and in the final of the FA Cup last weekend) they have strolled along to yet another victory in the league – beating Everton 4-2.
The ladies are eight points clear with two games to go, and will get the trophy at the Ems on Wednesday when they play the game against Leeds there.
The Premier League is now being wound up, and a new Super League of eight clubs starts next March.
Full details of the ladies games, and the game at the Ems are on the Arsenal site.
And meanwhile the youth team is heading for further glory.
The youth league is divided into four sections, and at the end of the season there is a play off. Arsenal won their play off against Man U on penalties in the semi-final of the play offs, and the club is waiting to hear who they get in the final – which is again going to be played at the Ems.
In fact Arsenal youth team won their league weeks and weeks ago, and were so far ahead that they started to do their own version of the big boys and the Carling Cup team. In one recent league game against Crystal Palace, Arsenal put out a youth team that was in fact the youth team of the youth team.
It was unrecognisable from the normal squad we see on match days – and although the youth youth got beaten it shows just how far ahead the club now is in youth development.
The team against Manchester United was
Yennaris, Evina, Boateng, Miquel
Frimpong, Deacon, Aneke
Henderson, Afobe, Freeman
So what we now have here is the first great youth team (who won the Youth Cup and the league last year, most of whom joined the squad aged 11, are now 18 and have been out on loan this season.)
Below them we have the second youth team – that’s the group of kids above, who have just won the league.
And below them the youth-youth team who will get their turn in the next two years. Rather neat really.
And in case you are thinking of asking why none of the youth team make it into the first team, the answer is in the text above – the oldest ones from the process have only just made it to Championship level. But we are seeing the first signs – Lansbury at the Ems on Sunday, and Wilshire, are the obvious examples. There will be more.
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