Pre-Match Report

U-23s: Arsenal v Chelsea - The Brief


We have the opportunity to restore our lead at the top of the Premier League 2 table on Saturday when we host Chelsea at Meadow Park.


Freddie Ljungberg’s side may have only tasted defeated once over the course of the season so far, but they’ll be keen to return to winning ways after being held to back-to-back draws.

Following our 2-1 win over an experienced Leicester City side, we picked up a goalless draw against league leaders Everton, before being frustrated by Swansea as we were held to a 1-1 draw.

We dominated possession in both PL2 outings and carved open a number of golden opportunities, but we’ve struggled to display a clinical edge in the final third.

However, we’re effectively building from the back, showing confidence on the ball and finding space in behind, so it’s surely only a matter of time before our fortunes change.

Bukayo Saka has proven himself to be a useful outlet for stretching opposition defences, while Tyreece John-Jules is thriving as the lone forward.



Chelsea are currently sixth in the table on 14 points and remain just four points adrift of the top spot, but they’re currently struggling for form having been beaten in two of their last three league fixtures.

Both Liverpool and Brighton recently fired three past the Blues, meaning they’ve now failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last five league fixtures.

However, forward Charlie Brown is certainly a player to look out for. The 19-year-old has scored six goals in 10 appearances at under-23 level this season, which included a brace against League Two outfit Swindon Town.


Unai Emery recently called Zech Medley up to the first-team bench against Leicester City - and on Saturday he’ll be returning to his former club. 

He joined us as a scholar in November 2016, and since then he’s developed into a reliable defender who is composed on the ball.

The 18-year-old helps to kickstart our attacking moves with his wide passing range and ability to drive forward into midfield, but on Saturday he’ll need to be at his very best defensively to keep his former club at bay.


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