Pre-Match Report

U21s preview | Arsenal v Chelsea

Zane Monlouis

Our young Gunners are gearing up for a Premier League 2 play-off quarter-final home clash against Chelsea on Saturday, May 11. Kick-off at Meadow Park is at 1pm (UK).

We secured our quarter-final place with a dominant victory over Manchester United with a resounding 6-2 scoreline. Nathan Butler-Oyedeji and Amario Cozier-Duberry each contributed braces, while Jack Henry-Francis and Ethan Nwaneri added to the tally with a goal apiece, sealing our win in style.

The winner of this match will face either Tottenham Hotspur or Liverpool in the semi-finals.


A look at Chelsea

In the regular season, the Blues finished one place above us in fourth on goal difference and in their round of 16 match, the Blues edged past Brighton & Hove Albion with an entertaining 5-4 victory in extra time to advance to this stage.

Chelsea's attack is spearheaded by forward Ronnie Stutter, who has 11 goals and four assists in 14 league games this season. Additionally, the threat posed by Leo Castledine cannot be overlooked, as he has notched up an impressive tally of 10 goals and nine assists in 18 appearances. 

In our most recent encounter in March, we emerged victorious with a commanding 4-2 win at Kingsmeadow. Goals from Taylor Foran, James Sweet, Ethan Nwaneri, and an own goal by Zak Sturge sealed our win. 

Find out more about the play-offs, including dates for our potential semi-final and final.


How to gollow

You can attend the game in person, and entry is free at Meadow Park for all our Premier League 2 fixtures.

However, if you cannot attend, we will provide updates throughout the game on our academy Twitter page, and there will be a match report published on after the final whistle.

We will also share post-match interviews with Mehmet Ali and one of his young Gunners, as well as highlights of all the action.

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