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Post-Match Report

U-23s: Arsenal 4-0 Everton - How it happened

Everton Under 23 -

Meadow Park
Premier League 2 - Division One
Premier League 2 - Division One
  Arsenal U23
      
                  Nketiah (12'
                   62'
                   77')
                   Nelson (26')
            
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Arsenal U23
Nketiah (12'
62'
77')
Nelson (26')
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  Everton Under 23
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Everton Under 23

WHAT HAPPENED

An Eddie Nketiah hat-trick and a sublime Reiss Nelson goal saw us extend our unbeaten run to six games in all competitions and move to within a point of PL2 leaders Liverpool.

Having scored 15 goals in our previous four fixtures, we came into this match at Meadow Park full of confidence, and it did not take us long to break the deadlock.

With just 12 minutes gone, a corner was whipped in from the right and Nketiah reacted first, only to see his effort blocked by some desperate defending from the visitors. 

But Xavier Amaechi showed real composure to pounce on the loose ball, and lay it back into the path of Joe Willock, whose shot deflected off Nketiah and bounced into the far corner of the net.

While that strike may not have been the most aesthetically pleasing, the second, from Nelson, certainly was. 

Once again Willock was at the heart of the action, driving forward from midfield and slipping a perfectly-weighted ball behind the Everton defence for Nelson to run on to.

There was still a lot to do as Mateusz Hewelt raced out to close the angle but Nelson simply rolled his foot over the ball to take it past the goalkeeper and slotted it into the empty net.

We continued to press and probe after the interval, and Nketiah bagged his second with a cool finish after being found in the area just after the hour mark.

The striker has proven himself a goal machine throughout his nascent career, and he was not about to be denied his hat-trick - and he completed the feat as he slotted in his third with 77 minutes on the clock after a fine bit of interplay with Emile Smith Rowe.

It was a fine way to end another impressive evening’s work for Nketiah and his team-mates, who are now breathing down the necks of leaders Liverpool.

WHAT IT MEANS

The win moves us into second place in the table, one point behind leaders Liverpool with six games remaining of the campaign.

PL2 table - Feb 2017


WHAT’S NEXT

We travel to PL2 title rivals Leicester City on Monday, February 19 for a game that could have a big say in our bid to top the table.

Last time we met the Foxes, back in September, we secured a narrow victory courtesy of a Darnell Johnson own goal in the closing stages.

News

Marcus McGuane joins Barcelona

Marcus McGuane

Marcus McGuane has agreed to join Barcelona for an undisclosed fee.

A product of our academy, Marcus joined the club at under-6 level and went on to become a mainstay of our under-23 side.
 
The 18-year-old midfielder also made two appearances for our first team, featuring in away wins over Red Star Belgrade and BATE Borisov in the Uefa Europa League earlier this season.
 
He is an England youth international having played at under-17, under-18 and under-19 level.
 
We would like to thank Marcus for his contribution and wish him well at Barcelona.
 
The transfer is subject to the completion of regulatory processes.

News

Six Gunners called up by England Under-17s

Tyreece John-Jules

Congratulations to Arthur Okonkwo, Vontae Daley-Campbell, Bukayo Saka, Trae Coyle, Xavier Amaechi and Tyreece John-Jules, all of whom have been included in the England Under-17 squad for this month's Algarve Tournament.

Steve Cooper and his 21-man squad will head out to Portugal to continue their training programme, building up to the Euros, which are being held on home soil in May.

They kick-off against Portugal on Friday 9 February at the Sport Park Nora in Ferreiras, before facing Germany two days later at the Algarve Stadium in Almancil.

The competition is rounded-off on Tuesday 13 February, when England face the Netherlands at the Algarve Stadium.

For more info on this summer's Under-17 Euros, and for ticket details, click here.

Here's the full squad:

Goalkeepers
Luca Ashby-Hammond - Fulham
Marcus Dewhurst - Sheffield United
Arthur Okonkwo - Arsenal

Defenders
Ajibola Alese - West Ham United
Luis Binks - Tottenham Hotspur 
Dylan Crowe - Ipswich Town
Vontae Daley-Campbell - Arsenal
Ethan Laird - Manchester United
Bukayo Saka - Arsenal

Midfielders
Faustino Anjorin - Chelsea
Trae Coyle - Arsenal
Thomas Doyle - Manchester City
Jimmy Garner - Manchester United
Mason Greenwood - Manchester United
Clinton Mola - Chelsea

Forwards
Xavier Amaechi - Arsenal
Bobby Duncan - Unattached 
Tyreece John-Jules - Arsenal
Curtis Jones - Liverpool
Jack Nolan - Reading
Rayhaan Tulloch - West Bromwich Albion

Post-Match Report

Under-18s: Reading 2-6 Arsenal - report

Arsenal Under-18s stretched their unbeaten run to 13 matches thanks to a comprehensive victory away at Reading on Saturday.

In a dress rehearsal for our upcoming FA Youth Cup quarter-final, we took an early lead when Zak Swanson deftly volleyed James Olayinka’s deep cross into the far bottom corner.

We extended our lead soon after, Folarin Balogun stabbing home from close range after Danny Ballard had headed down Matt Smith’s inviting corner.

And things were to get even better just after the quarter-hour mark. This time Josh Benson was picked out on the edge of the area by Tobi Omole’s long throw. Afforded time to shoot, the midfielder fizzed a low shot into the bottom corner.

Thierry Never pulled one back for the hosts after a jinking solo run, but we restored our three-goal advantage just after the midway point in the second half, with Swanson tapping home his second after fine Balogun build-up play.

Balogun then added his second, finishing clinically after beating the offside trap, and substitute Robbie Burton completed the scoring six minutes before full-time, guiding a low shot into the far corner.

News

Ben Sheaf joins Stevenage on loan

Young defender Ben Sheaf has joined League Two side Stevenage on loan for the remainder of the season.

Ben, who is a mainstay of our under-23s, made his first team debut in the 1-0 victory away to Red Star Belgrade last October. The 19 year-old has also featured in our League Cup win over West Ham this term.

He joins Stevenage for the chance to gain additional first team experience.

We’d like to wish him well for the rest of the campaign.

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