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Match report: Bournemouth 1-1 Arsenal U-23s

Zak Swanson

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WHAT HAPPENED

Our under-23s were held to a 1-1 draw by Bournemouth in Group A of the Premier League Cup on Wednesday night.

Zak Swanson opened the scoring for Kevin Betsy’s side, but the Cherries struck late on to end our hopes of securing a first victory in the competition.

The hosts started strong at the Vitality Stadium, testing Ovie Ejeheri with a powerful header from a set-piece routine, but we soon wrestled back control and finished our first clear opening of the evening.

Joel Ideho and Omari Hutchinson combined closely in the final third, before the latter raced into the penalty area and teed up Swanson with a disguised backheel assist. Our right back showed excellent composure to time his run perfectly and brush the ball into the bottom corner.

Nathan Butler-Oyedeji came close to doubling our advantage on the stroke of half-time, only to see his powerful effort from distance tipped over the bar by Cameron Plain

Bournemouth came out fighting after the restart, though, and after creating a number of half chances, equalised in a moment of confusion and chaos for our youngsters, with Christian Saydee converting from close range.

It was a cruel moment for Betsy’s side, who deserved all three points for their spirited attacking display.

WHAT IT MEANS

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WHAT’S NEXT

Our under-23s will now prepare to face Liverpool in the Premier League 2 on Saturday, October 16.

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Match report: Arsenal U-18s 2-2 Burnley

We were held to a 2-2 draw by Burnley in an entertaining game in our second group-stage match in the U-18 Premier League Cup on Saturday.

We made a bright start at London Colney, and came close to the opener when Charlie Sagoe Jr - who scored a dramatic late winner in our opening clash in the competition - combined well with Marcelo Flores, whose firm shot was saved.

The in-from Khayon Edwards soon came close with a stinging drive from the edge of the area that was saved well by Charlie Casper, with the Burnley keeper also blocked Sagoe Jr’s follow-up effort.

We made the breakthrough seven minutes before the interval when James Sweet was tripped in the area, and Flores made no mistake from the resulting penalty.

But we were pegged back at the start of the second half when Flores was closed down on the edge of the box, and Will Hugill slotted home for the Clarets.

Flores soon tested Casper again after a twisting, turning run into the Burnley box but the goalkeeper was equal to it.

But we didn’t have long to wait to retake the lead when Sagoe Jr found space in the box and fired a dangerous ball across goal, only for Dan Sassi to turn it into his own goal.

Just as it looked like we would secure our second win on the bounce in the competition, Burnley burst forward and Tremaine Eastmond supplied a neat finish to a sweeping ball into the area to equalise.

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