Saturday, May 25, 2024

Owen Asemota shows penalty-saving credentials for Arsenal U18s

Owen Asemota has made two appearances for Arsenal U18s so far and has saved a penalty in both of them.

The highly-rated schoolboy made his debut at that level in the 2-2 draw at home against West Bromwich Albion earlier this month and proceeded to keep out Adriel Walker’s spot-kick.

Asemota was back in action for the U18s yesterday and he produced further penalty-saving heroics by denying Max Lott in a 4-2 win against Aston Villa.

Although Asemota has yet to keep a clean sheet for the U18s, he has given a good account of himself so far and his confidence is a useful asset.

Furthermore, Asemota commands his penalty area well and is effective at organising his defence.

There is much competition for places in goal for Arsenal U18s at present, with fellow schoolboys Khari Ranson and Jack Porter also in contention.

Asemota has recently been away with England U16s and looks set for a bright future.

Arsenal have three games remaining at U18 level this season as they face Norwich City and Tottenham Hotspur away before concluding the campaign with a home fixture against Chelsea.

Asemota will hope that he has done enough to retain his place in the starting lineup as Arsenal look to conclude the campaign strongly.

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Have you seen the goal where he dithers, then comes out and kicks the ball into his own defender, leaving the forward able to tap into an unguarded net? I dont want to do down the youngster, but gave a look at the video on the website, The last thing it shows is that he commands his area and gives confidence to his defence. Ordinarily I wouldn’t comment but your reporting is so misleading.

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