Arsenal Under 16’s won the Zinedine Zidane Tournament on Sunday evening with a single goal from Benik Afobe handing the Gunners the prestigious title.
Steve Gatting handed a debut to new signing Ignasi Miquel in the final, as Arsenal reverted to a more defensive formation against Olympique Marseille. The fixture was there fourth in just three days in the French heat, but in a true test of character, Afobe proved decisive.
Byles – Nicholas – Miquel – Brisnal
Frimpong (c) – Aneke – Özyakup
Banton – Afobe – Freeman
Luke Freeman’s goal against Paris Saint-Germain gave them an opening day win, and a place in the knock out stages was secured with strikes from Emmanuel Frimpong and Benik Afobe versus OGC Nice. Charlie Mann’s double penalty save helped the Gunners reach the final – with Girondins Bordeaux next to fall – setting up Sunday’s exciting finale with Marseille.
Afobe’s cool finish notched Arsenal in front, a lead which they protected for the remainder of the game to secure the Cup win. Benik also walked away with the top scorer prize in a very impressive weekend for the club.
They arrived back in England yesterday afternoon, and are in action against Bristol City later this week.
Article By – J.Sanderson