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Match report: Arsenal U-23s 0-2 Manchester City

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Meadow Park
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WHAT HAPPENED

We slipped to a frustrating 2-0 defeat against Manchester City in the Premier League 2 on Friday night.

Liam Delap scored twice for the league leaders, but it could have been more if not for Arthur Okonwko, who made a number of outstanding saves.

City started strong at Meadow Park as Felix Nmecha’s low effort was saved, before Tommy Doyle fired over from the edge of the area.

But the visitors pushed on and after just 15 minutes found themselves ahead. Ryan Alebiosu, who was otherwise impressive on the night, lost possession with a sloppy throw-in and Delap duly converted after cutting inside from the left wing.

Steve Bould’s side were boosted by the availability of Reiss Nelson and he came close to providing an instant response - but his low drive was tipped behind by Louie Moulden after dribbling past two midfielders.

Our biggest chance of the evening arrived just moments later, though, as Nelson picked out Kido Taylor-Hart at the far post and our No 7 fired a half-volley towards goal. Somehow, the angle was closed down and Moulden produced a fine save.

This proved to be a game-changing moment, with City doubling their advantage just three minutes after the restart. Romeo Lavia led the charge on the counter and Delap was on hand to finish past Okonkwo.

We pushed on in the hope of sparking a late comeback, but the visitors maintained their composure and limited us to half-chances only in the closing stages.

WHAT IT MEANS

PL2 table

WHAT’S NEXT

Up next, we will face Liverpool on Saturday, February 27.

The game will take place at Liverpool’s Academy Ground with kick-off at 3pm (UK time).

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Match report: Brighton 3-2 Arsenal U-18s

WHAT HAPPENED

Despite a spirited display from start to finish, our under-18s were beaten 3-2 by Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.

Omari Hutchinson scored twice and delivered an outstanding performance, but it wasn’t enough to secure a share of the spoils.

Ken Gillard made one change from our 1-0 victory over West Ham last Tuesday with Mauro Bandeira replacing James Sweet.

Brighton ran out 5-0 winners the last time we met in this competition - and they made a fast start once again, as Ed Turns opened the scoring with a powerful header from a corner.

The hosts then went on to double their advantage shortly after the half-hour mark through Zak Emmerson, who raced away on the counter and coolly finished past Hubert Graczyk.

But we bounced back before the half-time interval, as Graczyk set Hutchinson free down the left to run the length of the pitch, before wriggling past two defenders and firing home.

Brighton responded well after the restart, however, as Emmerson doubled his tally just 15 seconds after the referee’s whistle.

Hutchinson reduced the deficit once more late on, showing great composure to finish from the spot, but it was ultimately too little too late. 

WHAT IT MEANS

U18 table

WHAT’S NEXT

Up next, we will face West Brom on Saturday, February 27.

The game will take place at London Colney with kick-off at 12pm (UK time).

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