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Tim Akinola joins the club

Young midfielder Tim Akinola has joined us after leaving Huddersfield Town at the end of last season.

The 19-year-old, who impressed in Huddersfield’s youth set-up, has met up with his new team-mates and is already training with our under-23s and academy players ahead of the new season.
 
Before joining Huddersfield Town in June 2019, Tim was at Lincoln City, where his progress was rewarded by breaking into the first-team squad in the EFL Trophy. During his time with Lincoln City, Tim also had a spell on loan with non-league side Lincoln United in January 2019.
 
Predominantly a central midfielder, Tim, who started his youth career at League Two side Mansfield Town, is eligible to represent both Nigeria and England.
 
We welcome Tim to Arsenal and look forward to supporting him with his continued development.
 
The deal 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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