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Match report: Arsenal U-23s 1-0 Everton

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WHAT HAPPENED

Emile Smith Rowe scored the winner as our under-23s secured a 1-0 victory over Everton at Emirates Stadium on Friday afternoon.

Calum Chambers, Sokratis and William Saliba were all named in our starting XI and defended resolutely throughout, helping us to secure back-to-back victories in the Premier League 2 for the first time in 2020/21.

Full of confidence from our 6-0 win over Blackburn Rovers last week, we started strongly and opened the scoring after just nine minutes.

Matt Macey played an incisive pass into our midfield and kickstarted a counter-attack, before Smith Rowe applied the finishing touch to Ben Cottrell’s through ball.

Folarin Balogun and Nikolaj Moller are beginning to form a dangerous partnership in attack, and they continued to threaten against the Toffees, twice coming close before the break.

Following the restart, Miguel Azeez was introduced from the bench and instantly posed a threat, combining with Cottrell on the edge of the area before firing wide.

We continued to push on for our second of the afternoon, but were dealt a frustrating blow on the hour mark.

Charging into the penalty area at pace, Balogun appeared to be brought down by an Everton defender, but the referee thought otherwise and he was dismissed for a second yellow card.

The visitors went direct for the final 20 minutes, testing our defence with a number of searching long balls, but we stood firm to secure all three points.

WHAT IT MEANS

 

PL2 table

WHAT’S NEXT

Up next, Steve Bould’s side will face Derby County in the PL2 on Friday, November 27.

The game will take place at Meadow Park with kick-off at 7pm (UK time). 

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Match report: Arsenal U-18s 0-0 Fulham

Ideho

WHAT HAPPENED

Our under-18s returned from the international break with a 0-0 draw against Fulham in the U-18 Premier League South on Saturday.

Joel Ideho made his first appearance at this level after joining us from Ajax in the summer, while Ovie Ejeheri replaced Hubert Graczyk in goal.

Early on, Ideho’s pace and trickery won a free-kick for Charlie Patino to deliver to the far post, but Zane Monlouis failed to hit the target from close range.

Patino then delivered another cross for Luke Plange to head wide of the far post, before Asrion Pajaziti came close for the visitors, forcing Ejeheri into a fine save.

Following the restart, we remained patient with our build-up play but our best chance of the afternoon came from a sudden surging run from Brooke Norton-Cuffy, who came on as a substitute for our under-23s less than 24 hours earlier.

The 16-year-old received the ball by the corner flag and held off one marker, before dribbling past another and winning a free kick in a dangerous position.

Patino’s inch-perfect delivery bypassed Fulham’s defence and bounced inside the six-yard area, but it ricocheted back off the post before anyone could provide the finishing touch.

The visitors had a late chance to seal all three points against the run of play, only for Luke Harris to blaze his first-time effort over the bar.

WHAT IT MEANS

u-18 PL table

WHAT’S NEXT

Up next, we will face Rotherham United in the FA Youth Cup on Saturday, December 12.

The game is set to be played at AESSEL New York Stadium with kick-off at 7pm (UK time).

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