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George Lewis signs professional contract

George Lewis has signed a professional contract with us and joins our under-23s squad ahead of the new season.

The 20-year-old winger, who was born in Kigali, Rwanda, moved to Norway as a child where he joined the youth development set-up at Tromso IL.
 
After a spell at Tromso, George then enjoyed successful periods at Norwegian second-tier sides Tromsdalen and Fram Larvik, where he played until the end of last season.
 
Everyone at Arsenal welcomes George to the club and we look forward to supporting his ongoing development.

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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