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Matt Smith joins Swindon Town on loan

Matt Smith has joined newly-promoted League One side Swindon Town on loan for the 2020/21 season.

The 19-year-old has been at the club since under-9 level and progressed through our Hale End Youth Academy, signing his first professional contract with us in February 2019.
 
A composed midfielder, the Harlow-born youngster captained us to the Under-18 Premier League South title in 2018/19, playing every single minute during the victorious campaign.
 
Matt was a regular in the under-23s last season and frequently trained with the first-team squad. His fine performances were rewarded with his selection into the first-team matchday squad on six occasions after the season’s restart, including being an unused substitute in our Heads Up FA Cup final victory over Chelsea.
 
We wish Matt the best of luck for next season at Swindon and look forward to supporting him through his continued development.
 
The loan is subject to the completion of regulatory processes. 

Post-Match Report

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

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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)

 

 

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