Our under-21s showcased a first-half attacking masterclass, securing a crucial three points with a convincing 4-2 victory over Manchester United at Carrington on Saturday.
Mehmet Ali's side, featuring several players from the UEFA Youth League, began the match brightly and quickly took the lead. Lino Sousa, displaying exceptional skill, cut inside and unleashed a precise strike with his weaker right foot to find the back of the net.
Maintaining our dominance, we extended our lead 15 minutes later when Jack Henry-Francis's shot from the edge of the box took a fortuitous deflection, sending the ball looping over Elyh Harrison in the United net. It was the perfect birthday gift for Henry-Francis.
Our momentum continued as Lino Sousa duplicated his earlier feat by delivering another powerful shot into the top corner. Just two minutes later, a fantastic team move culminated in Khayon Edwards tapping in, making it four goals in just 35 minutes for Ali's side.
Just before halftime, the home side was awarded a penalty when Shola Shoretire was brought down. However, Mateo Mejia squandered the opportunity, sending his penalty over the bar.
Nonetheless, the Red Devils managed to pull one goal back as we conceded possession, and Mejia made amends for his penalty miss.
After the halftime break, United reduced the deficit further, with Omari Forson capitalizing on a well-executed team move.
The young Gunners exhibited resilience, controlling the game's tempo to secure a valuable three points as they saw out the rest of the second half.
WHAT IT MEANS
This win propels us up to third place in the league with a total of 12 points from our four league games.
Our next fixture takes us on the road once more as the young Gunners make their way to Merseyside for a clash against Everton on Friday, September 29.
The match will kick off at 7pm at Haig Avenue.
Arsenal XI: Ejeheri, Sweet, Walters, Monlouis, Sousa, Ibrahim (Foran, 75), Henry-Francis (Azeez, 46), Gower, Cozier-Duberry, Sagoe Jr, Edwards
Subs not used: Hillson, Dudziak, Benjamin
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