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Match preview: Arsenal Under-18s v Norwich City Under-18s

30 October 2020

On the road for the second consecutive week, Norwich City Under-18s travel to Shenley Training Centre to face Arsenal on Saturday (11am KO).

The U18s will be looking to regain their form with a win over the Gunners after two losses to Crystal Palace and Chelsea in previous weeks, as both games came down to the wire with 3-2 and 4-3 scorelines respectively.

Their current record of results sees the young Canaries sit in eighth with six points so far this season, three points behind this weekend’s opposition.

The north London side are enjoying a good start to their season so far, taking three wins from six games after a recent 3-1 win over West Bromwich Albion.

The U18s will have fond memories of their last outing against the Gunners, sealing a point after a last-minute equaliser from Zach Dronfield back in February of the 2019-2020 season.

Recently moving up to the Under-18s, midfielder Joe Duffy says he featured against Arsenal earlier this week for the Under-17s and looks forward to going against the Gunners again this weekend.

“The vibe around the changing room and out on the training pitch is always positive and encouraging as normal.

"Us younger boys played against them for the Under-17s on Tuesday and it was a good test for us against that opposition. We played exciting football in the first-half, but didn’t manage to see the game out, but we took positives and look forward to this weekend."

Asked how he found the step up to an older age group, Duffy says it took a few weeks for him to settle in, but now feels like part of a team who push each other on to get three points in every game.

“The transition has been different and tough, but after a few weeks I gradually got into it and now I’m feeling really involved.

“The older lads really make us younger lads feel welcome and part of the team, everyone has faith in each other to perform and do well.

“We know the squad is going to change every week, but whoever is playing and is on the team sheet we have confidence in to get us the three points.”

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