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Match report: Arsenal U-23s 1-2 Southampton

Cottrell

Southampton Under 23 -

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Cottrell (11)
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              J. Sims (48)
               Chauke (64)
          
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Southampton Under 23
J. Sims (48) Chauke (64)

WHAT HAPPENED

We slipped to a 2-1 defeat against Southampton in our opening Premier League 2 fixture on Friday.

Eight players remained in our starting XI from Tuesday’s Leasing.com Trophy win over Ipswich Town - but we were unable to match that same attacking intensity against the Saints.

The visitors started as the stronger side, yet it was Ben Cottrell who opened the scoring at the second time of asking, finishing from inside the area with his left foot.

Southampton continued to dominate play, though, pressing high up the pitch, and they came close to an equaliser before the break through Kayne Ramsey, who could only fire wide.

It was more of the same in the second half and Saints eventually grabbed their reward through Josh Sims, only for Ramsey to be dismissed for a second yellow card offence.

We should have kicked on and made our advantage count, but shortly after Kgagelo Chauke reacted first inside the area to give the visitors the lead for the first time.

Substitute Salah carved out a late chance to salvage a share of the spoils, but Harry Lewis was on hand to produce a fine diving save.

WHAT’S NEXT

We have the chance to bounce back against Brighton & Hove Albion on Friday, September 18.

The game will take place at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre with kick-off at 7pm (UK time)

Post-Match Report

Match report: Brighton 2-2 Arsenal U-23s

Saliba

WHAT HAPPENED 

William Saliba starred for our under-23s on Friday night as we secured a 2-2 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion on the road. 

Ben Cottrell and James Olayinka were the names on the scoresheet - but it was Saliba who impressed most, showing great composure and quality to dominate play from deep. 

We started strong and came close to an opener through Folarin Balogun, who struck the post after regaining possession high up the field. 

George Lewis then went on to sting the gloves of Carl Rushworth with a dipping effort, before Salah-Eddine Oulad M’hand and Balogun combined neatly on the edge of the area, only for the latter to be denied by a stunning save. 

The hosts then went on to take the lead against the run of play, with Teddy Jenks converting coolly from the spot. 

But on the stroke of half-time, Lewis skipped past his marker on the edge of the area with some fine footwork, before playing an inch-perfect pass for Cottrell to finish into the far corner. 

The England Under-18 international has now scored in each of our PL2 fixtures this season. 

We continued to push forward after the restart and were duly handed our reward, with Saliba playing a key role in the goal. 

The France youth international skipped forward out of defence and played a probing pass into the attack, where Olayinka was able to turn and finish into the bottom corner. 

We went on to create a number of other promising opportunities, but in the end we were made to pay for our missed chances, as Danny Cashman headed home at the far post for a share of the spoils. 

WHAT DOES IT MEAN 

PL2 table

WHAT’S NEXT 

Next up, we will face Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, September 26, with kick-off at 1pm (UK time). 

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