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U-23s: Arsenal 1-0 Leicester City - Report

Leicester City Under 23 -

Meadow Park
Premier League 2 - Division One
Premier League 2 - Division One
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WHAT HAPPENED

Our under-23s continued their strong start to the new Premier League 2 season with a narrow 1-0 win against Leicester on Friday. 

Eddie Nketiah had the first opportunity to score just a minute in, but saw his drilled strike tipped wide by Daniel Iversen for a corner.

Not long after, the Foxes soon created their own chance on goal, when George Thomas sent a low shot from the edge of the penalty area narrowly wide of the far post.

Although the visitors had enjoyed the opening exchanges of the game, it was Steve Gatting’s side who took the lead on the half-hour mark when Osei-Tutu broke free down the right channel and fired in a dangerous ball. With Chuba Akpom waiting, Darnell Johnson inadvertently put the ball into his own net.  

Soon after, we almost scored a second when Akpom sent a searching cross to the far post. Reiss Nelson made a run from deep to meet the ball and flung himself towards it, but wasn’t able to make contact.

The chances kept coming for us, as Nketiah sent a powerful shot from long range, only to see his effort tipped over the bar by Iversen.

Shortly after the interval Nketiah made sure to let the visitors know that there would be no let up when he fired a low shot that Iverson saved. 

It wasn’t until the 70th minute that the next good opportunity of the game arrived, with the chance this time falling to Akpom. The striker picked up the ball on the left hand-side and cut inside to shoot, but dragged his shot wide.

With full-time nearing, Leicester’s Keirnan Dewsbury-Hall came close to netting an equaliser, but was denied spectacularly by a diving Matt Macey.

In the dying minutes the visitors again almost found the goal they were searching for in a goal-mouth scramble, which resulted in Macey gratefully grasping on to the ball on his line.

WHAT'S NEXT

Up next is an away trip to Everton on September 25. The third-placed side face Derby County on Monday night and will be hoping to keep up with the pace at the top of the table. 

WHAT IT MEANS

The result means that Gatting’s side are joint top of PL 2 with Liverpool, who play West Ham away from home on Monday night.

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The story so far

Our under-23s will be keen to continue their strong start to the season by picking up another three points against Everton, the visitors to Meadow Park on Monday night.

Steve Gatting’s side have begun the campaign with promise, securing victory in our last fixture against Leicester City. We saw off a physical Foxes side courtesy of an own goal from Darnell Johnson, and briefly joined Liverpool at the top of the Premier League 2 table. However, the Reds now lead us by three points after beating West Ham 2-0.

The opposition

Everton have also enjoyed an encouraging start to the season and sit just two points behind us in third place. Having started the season with a draw and a loss, the Blues are now on a three-match winning streak and will be hoping to continue their good form.

The Toffees edged out Derby County 1-0 in their last game through a first-half goal from Harry Charsley, and David Unsworth’s side are not one to be taken lightly, having beaten Chelsea 3-0 and Tottenham 4-1, keeping out Eden Hazard in the former fixture.

One to watch

A key member of the under-23s squad, Joe Willock has been rewarded for his strong performances with a substitute's appearance in our Carabao Cup tie against Doncaster Rovers on Wednesday. The 18-year-old also featured in the Emirates Cup for Arsene Wenger’s side, and travelled with the squad for the pre-season tour of Australia and China.

Willock has been with the club since joining the under-nines, along with Josh Dasilva, Marcus McGuane and Tolaji Bola, and broke into Gatting’s side at the tail-end of last season.

“It means a lot,” he told Arsenal Player after the victory against Leicester. “I know it’s still early, but we mean to go on [like that] so we’re just going to carry on fighting and hopefully get something out of the season.

“We know it’s going to be another hard game [against Everton]. They like to go direct and we’re just going to have to prepare for it at the weekend and go again.”

Last time we met

We were beaten 1-0 at Haig Avenue against Everton, with Nathan Broadhead beating Emi Martinez down low late on.

Reiss Nelson came closest for us, when he forced a save out of Mateusz Hewelt, and Vlad Dragomir also tested the goalkeeper with a powerful effort from range.

Follow the action

There will be a full match report following the game on Arsenal.com

Kick-off is at 7pm (UK time)

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U-18s: Arsenal 4-0 Reading - Report

WHAT HAPPENED

Our under-18s returned to winning ways on Saturday as they beat Reading 4-0 at London Colney.

Vontae Daley-Campbell opened the scoring just past the 20-minute mark when he met Dominic Thompson’s cross to volley home.

We added to our lead through Folarin Balogun after the interval when the striker raced on to Tyreece John-Jules' pass on the edge of the penalty area and lashed the ball past Gabriel Rosario.

John-Jules soon turned goalscorer, adding a third shortly after when he was played in on goal by Bukayo Saka and coolly fired the ball in.

To rub salt into Reading’s wounds, Balogun bagged his second of the game 14 minutes from time, when John-Jules’s shot ricocheted off him and looped over Rosario and into the net.

WHAT IT MEANS

Victory means that we have risen to fifth in the table and now lie just six points off league leaders Chelsea, who remain undefeated. 

WHAT’S NEXT

Up next is an away trip to fourth-placed Brighton and Hove Albion, who were beaten 3-0 by Fulham in their previous fixture.

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