Chelsea Under-18s have made the best possible start to the new Under-18 Premier League season with a 2-1 victory at champions Arsenal this morning.

Armando Broja netted both goals for The Blues as they made a statement against the North Londoners.

Andy Myers’ side started brightly with Thierno Ballo testing Arsenal keeper Karl Jacob-Hein before Xavier Simons saw an effort blocked by the opposition defence.

Chelsea took the lead in the 14th minute when an Arsenal free-kick was dealt with successfully by The Blues defender and Broja raced away up the field to score.

The Chelsea forward came close to doubling both his own and his side’s goal tally when he curled an effort just wide of the post before defender Simons excellently cleared the ball off the line following a dangerous Arsenal corner kick delivery into the box.

The second half saw Chelsea go close to doubling their lead when Myles Peart-Harris lashed a volley just wide before Alfie Matthews made a real mess of his shot when clear through on goal at the other end.

The South West Londoners took a two-goal lead nine minutes before the end when some excellent work from Dion Rankine created space for teammate Broja and the forward was able to tap the ball into the net from six yards out.

Luke Plange did pull a goal back for Arsenal as he slotted in from close range but it was too little, too late for The Gunners as Chelsea held on for an excellent three points.

Myers’ side are back in action next Saturday when they face West Ham United at Cobham.